12 June 2012
Some recent publications from Freerk Boedeltje:
Boedeltje, F. (2012) The Other Spaces of Europe: Seeing European Geopolitics Through the Disturbing Eye of Foucault’s Heterotopias, Geopolitics, Volume 17, Number 1, 1 January 2012 , pp. 1-24(24)
Boedeltje, F. (2011) Discontented Geopolitics, Environment and Planning A, volume 43(3) pages 515 – 518 http://www.envplan.com/abstract.cgi?id=a43383
Boedeltje, F. Van Houtum, H. (2011) Brussels is Speaking: The Adverse Speech Geo-Politics of the European Union Towards its Neighbours, Geopolitics Volume 16, Number 1, January 2011 , pp. 130-145(16)
The most recent article (2012) uses ‘Michel Foucault’s concept of heterotopias as inspiration for an alternative geopolitical view on Europe. Foucault’s concept of heterotopic spaces provides a critical framework that is capable of countering the geo-political imaginations of a universal Europe. Foucault has used the idea of a mirror as metaphor for the contradictions between the image and reality. In this context heterotopias are considered places that disturb the utopian image by means of complexity, contradiction and diversity. This article is in search of heterotopic spaces of resistance, that I have titled ‘The Other Spaces of Europe’. They are other spaces and seemingly resist the utopian projections of a common European neighbourhood. The drafts and ideas of the ENP gain new light against the background of these places of resistance that each in their own distinctiveness represents a certain impossibility of a final version of Europe’ (from abstract).