Deracinated Localism

My explorations of Wales and its borderlands led me to re-apply what I had learned to my formative political landscape, the Calder Valley. Here is the first piece I put out on that place, again for Street Signs, The Dialectics of Deracinated Localism, Some Notes from the North. This then led to my PhD thesis, and the eventual passing of a Viva Voce, and then a book for Zero, Small Towns, Austere Times (2014):

Here is a sample chapter from that book, The Dialectics of Working and Not Working. Through this work I contacted a fellow Zero author, Greg Sharzer, who had No Local published in 2013. We are now working collaboratively on the global, viral rise of Localism as a ‘solution’. This is being articulated theoretically through examples such as Baron Glasman’s theological retrospectiveness, and Syriza’s use of Localism as an immediate response to the continuing crises in Greece. Greg effectively runs a branch of Historical Materialism in Korea.

My last single-author shout on this topic for the moment will be published in a chapter called ‘Is To Fix Always to Return?’ in a volume called Cultures of Repair, which will be published by Berghahn Books very soon. Catherine Malabou has written a philosophically generous introduction to the volume.



Here is a list of Conferences I have attended and delivered a paper to. I haven’t done one for a while. My experiences, like many people’s, have been varied, to say the least. From seemingly hundreds of people at the National Media Museum, to tiny streamed sessions in even tinier rooms, to a handful of people only just breaking into double figures. Some conferences are listless, going through the motions. But the recent conference on Gillian Rose at Durham was excessively agonistic and had a profound effect on me, essentially leading to my second monograph, A Book of the Broken Middle (Repeater).

My New Blog

I used to be an enthusiastic blogger, with a site called ‘Steve Hanson and his Fantastical Electrical Notebook’. Actually I never stopped blogging, the Electrial Notebook is right up-to-date. But I made the site private, using it as an online hard drive. An archive I could pick fragments of writing up from, to then use in more serious published pieces. It’s still there. But it’s a tool for talking to myself and storing work in progress, an electronic workspace for me. It would take weeks to trim it and back up all the material, to then turn it back on for the public again, so I have set up this new blog.

I will be uploading pieces of past publishing, possibly in altered or precis form, and from then on using it to put finished pieces on. ‘Adventures In Political Landscapes’ sums up my interests as a writer, without being too niche or expansively abstract. There’s also a tiny homage to a Be Bop Deluxe song I love in the title.

I am essentially a writer who works as a Lecturer and Researcher. My first book, ‘Small Towns, Austere Times’, was published by Zero in 2014. My second volume, ‘A Book of the Broken Middle’, is currently being finished for Repeater. I was a founder member – along with Mark Rainey – of the Materialist Psychogeographic Affiliation. I briefly appeared in the last few pages of Merlin Coverley’s book on the subject, before disappearing in a puff of smoke. I then co-founded Manchester Left Writers with David Wilkinson, please see the links here, and for more information about me, see the appropriate section.

Ultimately though, this is the compost bin of my mind.