Traditional conceptions of state and territoriality no longer capture newly emerging political topographies. As economic activity so does politics take place in and through multiple sites and connections. Approaching the political geographies that emerge around transnational economic activity through conceptual lenses of absence and failure has proven limiting and misleading. This project suggests, instead, that it is the very areas associated with absence and failure that reveal newly emerging configurations of political ordering.

Sites and technologies of transnational economic activity provide particularly insightful starting points to explore such political geographies. Examining global infrastructures of production, transport and distribution, and practices of securing such activities and their spatial manifestations, brings to light emerging spatialities of power and politics that are crucial for understanding the future of world politics.