Publications & downloads

Papers

The following are either published or forthcoming papers. Drafts and can be found under the ‘works in progress tab‘.

Jones, C. (forthcoming) Lawfare and the juridification of late modern warProgress in Human Geography.

Jones, C (forthcoming) Frames of Law: Targeting advice and operational law in the Israeli military, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

Jones, C. (forthcoming) Travelling Law: Targeted Killing, Lawfare and the Deconstruction of the Battlefield, in Lubin, Alex & Marwan Kraidy (eds.) Shifting Borders: American Studies Between The American Century And The Arab Spring. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press [ REMOVED UNTIL AFTER PUBLICATION]

Jones, C. (2012) Forsaking the Civilian, Human Geography ,Vol. 5 (3)

Jones, C. (2011) Shooting Gaza: Israel’s Visual War, Human Geography, Vol.4, (1)

My colleague Michael Smith and I  are currently editing a special issue on the theme of ‘war/law/space’ for the journal Environment & Planning D: Society & Space which will  be published mid-late 2015. We have some fantastic contributors, some of whom we had the pleasure of seeing present at the 2013 AAG in Los Angeles. The collection will host a rich variety of topics with papers focusing on: the history of humanitarian law; critiques of humanitarianism; the legal bio-politics of Western intervention; the colonial presents of ‘lawfare’; the il/legality of targeting; geo-piracy; law, ethics and trial – and more! Michael and I are writing an introductory paper where we will be highlighting the need for a broader conversation between political geography and international law and my own contribution examines the role of Israeli military legal advisors in targeting operations. Watch this space!

Dissertation Proposal

[scroll to bottom for proposal]

For any readers thinking about or struggling with their own proposal writing, Michael Watts has a developed a great resource and website: ‘The Holy Grail: In Pursuit of the Dissertation Proposal‘ (go to the DISSERTATION PROPOSAL RESOURCES on the right).

Proposals are horrible things to write but one should never underestimate their power to bring into focus the most important parts of a project. The first draft of my PhD proposal ran to 30 single spaced pages, and when I started it I hadn’t really got a clear idea of what it was that I wanted to do. Thirty pages later I had solved this problem by creating another: I had too much and realised that the project was too ambitious (read: sprawling). In the academic corridors we often hear the adage ‘the best dissertation is a finished dissertation’, and while this is true I think that many of us struggle with delineating and defining the boundaries of our projects. And yet sometimes – often perhaps – less is more and I realise that there is something both artful and violent in excising our cherished words and ideas. Academic smarts and bookishness will only go so far if we can’t clearly and succinctly communicate our ideas: so we must, for is this not why we write? Noel Castree once told me that he believed he could reduce my six page essay into two pages. I didn’t argue (I was an undergraduate, and after all he probably could have!). In the intervening time I have learnt the value of re-writing and editing: to cut is not merely to cut, it is to change and to play  with words in a bid to create something new (though not less). So my 30 pages is now 10 and I can honestly say that the 10-page version is both more detailed, more focused and more informed; it is better and shorter. Quite how this is possible, I am only beginning to understand, but it has brought two things into view: sometimes less is more, and when it is, the violence of wordicide – killing words – can be emancipatory. Certainly, writing is performative.

All of this is another way of saying that I’d prefer not to make public the sprawling 30-page version, so here’s the shorter one:

PhD Dissertation Proposal – winner of the 2013 Political Geography Specialty Group Dissertation Enhancement Award.

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