Dr Adam Bobbette

  • Lecturer (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)

Biography

I grew up in rural Ontario and have since lived in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, and the UK. I studied the history of philosophy and cultural studies at Trent University and McGill, followed by architecture and landscape at the University of Toronto. I undertook my PhD in geography at Cambridge.

Prior to shifting into geography, I taught the history and theory of architecture and landscape at the University of Toronto and the University of Hong Kong. I have contributed research, installations, or art works to exhibitions across the world, including the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Asia Art Archive, Para Site, The Storefront for Art and Architecture, Victoria & Albert Museum, Eyebeam Art + Technology Centre, and Transmediale.

I have been writing for a diversity of platforms for more than a decade. I’m not only interested in conventional scholarly publication venues but also in exploring new (and ancient) narrative forms for geographical thought. I’ve written for magazines, broadsheets, photocopied leaflets, exhibition catalogues, edited collections, scholarly monographs, newspapers, and literary journals. This diversity ranges across from Times Literary Supplement, Cabinet, N+1, contributing to five edited collections, and co-making the journal Scapegoat: Architecture, Landscape, Political Economy in 2010.

In 2019, I co-produced Kebun Lithos (Lithic Garden), a research platform on the slope of Mount Merapi, an active volcano in central Java. Broadly, we’re fascinated by the relationship between society and geology, the politics of volcanism, living with uncertain nature, the unpredictability of the future, and the politics of sand. We collaborate with artists and activists and are interested in exploring a diversity of research methods and publishing avenues, including the production of experimental film. We are currently reviving the Bulletin Gunung Berapi, a scientific bulletin published immediately after the Indonesian national revolution that linked volcano science with post-colonial nationalism and the enthusiasm of a new vision of the earth.

 

 

 

 

              

Research interests

My research interests span historical geography, cultural geography, geopolitics, and the history of science. I am particularly interested in the intersections of politics with the geological, earth, and environmental sciences.

My current monograph is a political history of volcano science in Indonesia since the late nineteenth century. The project examines the role of Javanese Islam in shaping the modern understanding of the earth, including the theory of plate tectonics. The book decentres well-rehearsed narratives about the west in the formation of the geological sciences and follows volcano scientists as they engaged with and were transformed by Javanese spiritual traditions, geographies, and cosmologies.

I am working on a new project about the history and geography of fossil fuel prospecting in the twentieth century. It seeks to understand how fossil fuel prospectors transformed earth materials into a resource and also remade our concepts of soul and self. The project grapples with how thoroughly a fossil fuel-based culture has transformed even what it means to be a self.

I currently collaborate with priests in the Solomon Islands creating environment observatories in churches. This work is based on thinking about churches as infrastructure networks for monitoring climate change from the ground up. The purpose is to operate in areas in need of observatory infrastructures but without access to large scale, wealthy scientific infrastructures from the global north. We are re-thinking churches as scientific infrastructures and re-imagining the intersections of climate science and theology.

Publications

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Number of items: 14.

2022

Bobbette, A. (2022) Re-imagining our ancestors: dispossession, resilience, and volatile nature. In: Yang, Y. and Taufen, A. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Cities and Landscapes in the Pacific Rim. Routledge. ISBN 9780367471149 (In Press)

2021

Bobbette, A. , Gamble, R., Lee, C.-T. and Wilson, C. (2021) Decolonizing geology: a discussion. GeoHumanities, (doi: 10.1080/2373566x.2021.1896373) (Early Online Publication)

Bobbette, A. (2021) Political geology. In: Oxford Bibliographies. Oxford University Press. (doi: 10.1093/obo/9780199874002-0222)

2019

Bobbette, A. (2019) Making a home on a volcano. In: Lenhard, J. and Samanani, F. (eds.) Home: Ethnographic Encounters. Series: Encounters: experience and anthropological knowledge. Routledge: London, pp. 145-148. ISBN 9781350115941 (doi: 10.4324/9781003085577-10)

Bobbette, A. (2019) Priests on the shore: climate change and the Anglican Church of Melanesia. GeoHumanities, 5(2), pp. 554-569. (doi: 10.1080/2373566x.2019.1644962)

Bobbette, A. (2019) Joseph Banks' Florilegium: botanical treasures from Cook's first voyage. Times Literary Supplement, 6048, p. 26. [Book Review]

2018

Bobbette, A. and Donovan, A. (Eds.) (2018) Political Geology: Active Stratigraphies and the Making of Life. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham. ISBN 9783319981888

Bobbette, A. (2018) Cosmological reason on a volcano. In: Bobbette, A. and Donovan, A. (eds.) Political Geology. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 169-199. ISBN 9783319981888 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-98189-5_6)

Bobbette, A. and Donovan, A. (2018) Encountering the Earth: political geological futures? In: Bobbette, A. and Donovan, A. (eds.) Political Geology. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 347-371. ISBN 9783319981888 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-98189-5_12)

Bobbette, A. and Donovan, A. (2018) Political geology: an introduction. In: Bobette, A. and Donovan, A. (eds.) Political Geology: Active Stratigraphies and the Making of Life. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 1-34. ISBN 9783319981888 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-98189-5_1)

Bobbette, A. (2018) Singing disappearance: Javanese songbird competitions and the ventriloquizing of extinction. Cabinet, 66,

2016

Bobbette, A. (2016) Contortions of the unconsolidated: Hong Kong, landslides and the production of urban grounds. City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action, 20(4), pp. 523-538. (doi: 10.1080/13604813.2016.1192417)

2013

Bobbette, A. (2013) A forensics of the future: fire insurance underwriting, contingency, and early 20th century materials. Journal of Architectural Education, 67(2), pp. 285-287. (doi: 10.1080/10464883.2013.817177)

Bobbette, A. (2013) Episodes from a history of scalelessness: William Jerome Harrison and geological photography. In: Turpin, E. (ed.) Architecture in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Design, Deep Time, Science and Philosophy. Open Humanities Press: London. ISBN 9781607853107 (doi: 10.3998/ohp.12527215.0001.001)

This list was generated on Mon Nov 29 05:55:56 2021 GMT.
Number of items: 14.

Articles

Bobbette, A. , Gamble, R., Lee, C.-T. and Wilson, C. (2021) Decolonizing geology: a discussion. GeoHumanities, (doi: 10.1080/2373566x.2021.1896373) (Early Online Publication)

Bobbette, A. (2019) Priests on the shore: climate change and the Anglican Church of Melanesia. GeoHumanities, 5(2), pp. 554-569. (doi: 10.1080/2373566x.2019.1644962)

Bobbette, A. (2018) Singing disappearance: Javanese songbird competitions and the ventriloquizing of extinction. Cabinet, 66,

Bobbette, A. (2016) Contortions of the unconsolidated: Hong Kong, landslides and the production of urban grounds. City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action, 20(4), pp. 523-538. (doi: 10.1080/13604813.2016.1192417)

Bobbette, A. (2013) A forensics of the future: fire insurance underwriting, contingency, and early 20th century materials. Journal of Architectural Education, 67(2), pp. 285-287. (doi: 10.1080/10464883.2013.817177)

Book Sections

Bobbette, A. (2022) Re-imagining our ancestors: dispossession, resilience, and volatile nature. In: Yang, Y. and Taufen, A. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Cities and Landscapes in the Pacific Rim. Routledge. ISBN 9780367471149 (In Press)

Bobbette, A. (2021) Political geology. In: Oxford Bibliographies. Oxford University Press. (doi: 10.1093/obo/9780199874002-0222)

Bobbette, A. (2019) Making a home on a volcano. In: Lenhard, J. and Samanani, F. (eds.) Home: Ethnographic Encounters. Series: Encounters: experience and anthropological knowledge. Routledge: London, pp. 145-148. ISBN 9781350115941 (doi: 10.4324/9781003085577-10)

Bobbette, A. (2018) Cosmological reason on a volcano. In: Bobbette, A. and Donovan, A. (eds.) Political Geology. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 169-199. ISBN 9783319981888 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-98189-5_6)

Bobbette, A. and Donovan, A. (2018) Encountering the Earth: political geological futures? In: Bobbette, A. and Donovan, A. (eds.) Political Geology. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 347-371. ISBN 9783319981888 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-98189-5_12)

Bobbette, A. and Donovan, A. (2018) Political geology: an introduction. In: Bobette, A. and Donovan, A. (eds.) Political Geology: Active Stratigraphies and the Making of Life. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 1-34. ISBN 9783319981888 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-98189-5_1)

Bobbette, A. (2013) Episodes from a history of scalelessness: William Jerome Harrison and geological photography. In: Turpin, E. (ed.) Architecture in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Design, Deep Time, Science and Philosophy. Open Humanities Press: London. ISBN 9781607853107 (doi: 10.3998/ohp.12527215.0001.001)

Book Reviews

Bobbette, A. (2019) Joseph Banks' Florilegium: botanical treasures from Cook's first voyage. Times Literary Supplement, 6048, p. 26. [Book Review]

Edited Books

Bobbette, A. and Donovan, A. (Eds.) (2018) Political Geology: Active Stratigraphies and the Making of Life. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham. ISBN 9783319981888

This list was generated on Mon Nov 29 05:55:56 2021 GMT.

Grants

My research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, The British Academy, Selwyn College, Melanesia Mission UK, University of New South Wales. My PhD was funded by a Cambridge International Trust scholarship and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.