In this seminar we will introduce recent work by three Critical Geographies research group members, each focused on a pervasive elemental phenomenon. Fire: Nigel Clark will talk about the increasingly fraught encounter between combustion of fossil carbon and wildfire at the earth's surface. Heat: Gordon Walker will consider how the thermal flows that we are all immersed in can be brought into ideas of social practice, taking the extreme example of outdoor workers in northern Australia’s tropical monsoonal zone. Earth: Ally Gormally will discuss the ‘pore space scramble’; the evolving role of the subsurface as a site of now two way extraction and burial, through the example of geological pore space.
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