Fissure: Cracking, Forcing and Covering Up

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Drawing on the notion of fissure to foreground the elemental and more-than-human qualities of territory, Dodds reflects on what is at stake when ice, land, air, and water crack up and scramble established imaginative legacies of place fram- ing. In the two Cold War–era vignettes he presents, on secret subterranean operation Camp Century/Project Ice Worm and the uss Skate submarine, the Greenlandic ice sheet ultimately proved to be a noncompliant and undomes- ticated partner. Geopolitical forays into the Arctic—an increasingly attractive site of resource extraction and global navigation given the compounding effects of climate change—have underscored the complex and materially recalcitrant nature of the region, neither solid nor liquid.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVoluminous States
Subtitle of host publicationSovereignty, Materiality, and the Territorial Imagination
EditorsFranck Bille
Place of PublicationDurham
PublisherDuke University Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978147801206
ISBN (Print)9781478007913
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020

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