Interview with Stuart Elden

Groundwork

Interviewer:  Jordan Skinner

JS: You explain in your book Terror and Territory that:

Creating a bounded space is already a violent act of exclusion and inclusion; maintaining it as such requires constant vigilance and the mobilization of threat; and challenging it necessarily entails a transgression.

It would seem that the thinker who is truly contemporary necessarily challenges boundaries by transgressing and modifying them. The thing that strikes me about your work is its ability to transgress traditional academic boundaries by weaving  together geography, philosophy, literature, and politics.

My first question is interested in how you, as a prolific scholar, understand the need to move beyond your departmental focus into other areas of academic interest.  Your own work seems to rest at that middle ground, the interstitial space, between geography, politics, and philosophy. While you are a professor of Political Theory and Geography, your research has influenced contemporary philosophical debates greatly.

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