26 January 2015, 17:30 - 19:30

Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Due to unforeseen circumstances this seminar has been cancelled, we were unable to replace him at such short notice.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.



Professor Peter Adey (Royal Holloway)


In this paper I explore how evacuation – the arts, logics, rationalities and technologies – the complex geographies of moving people out of the way – has evolved as a series of contradictory processes of governing mobility under conditions of emergency. I will explore, very briefly, the origins of evacuation, particularly its rapid evolution, mechanisation, systematisation and medicalization in war-fighting, its rapid displacement into the logics of state, territory and security during and after the Second World War, and its development as urban protection measures into the Cold War. Where the paper spends most time exploring, however, are the ways in which evacuation fails, and, sometimes, where it was never intended to work at all. It will examine how evacuation (through all its legal and bureaucratic ambiguity) as a process of protection has come to be performed as dispossession (of property and place), spatial incarceration or internment, and, at worse, when one could be evacuated to death.



Open to all. No registration required

Part of the City Seminar Research Group series