“The meaning of politics is freedom” (Arendt, 2005: 108)

Espresso Bookworm is a website from Julian Shaw showing a range of his academic interests and his thoughts on contemporary Geography, Philosophy, and Social Theory. It contains a collection of some academic book reviews, key argument summaries, and a selection of comment pieces. This project allows him to consolidate his thinking into one easily referable place, and to open up these thoughts and understanding to you, his audience.

Many of the posts you will find on this blog are published here for the first time. Some of them however are taken from his work that is published elsewhere, or are derivatives of essays and submissions he has made along his academic path so far.

While he hopes that this blog inspires you to read deeper and further than you have before, Julian kindly requests that you do not copy or publish any of the writing you find on this blog. Thank you

If you would like the access password in order to read the posts on this blog, please email Julian (for contact information see below) explaining who you are and why you would like access to these posts*. He will do his best to get back to you in good time.


Contact InformationPassport Photo - Julian Shaw

Blog Author: Julian Shaw | Lecturer in Urban & Social Geography | King’s College London

If you want to contact Julian, please write to him at: host@espressobookworm.com

If you would like the access password in order to read the posts on this blog, please email Julian explaining who you are and why you would like access to these posts*. He will do his best to get back to you in good time.


A brief biography…

Julian graduated from his undergraduate degree at Durham University in 2008 with a BSc. (Hons) in Natural Science: Human Geography and Anthropology. In 2011 he graduated with a distinction from King’s College London with an MSc. in Disasters, Adaptation, and Development. Following this he was accepted to continue his academic interests with an Economic and Social Research Council funded PhD at King’s College London in the Department of Geography under the supervision of Dr Daanish Mustafa, who also supervised him during his MSc. dissertation. Originally starting his PhD as a part-time student in 2012 Julian also worked as a Wholetime Firefighter with London Fire Brigade, where he graduated from their firefighter training school in March 2012, became a registered blue-light Fire Appliance driver in spring 2014, and gained his full competency certificate in May 2014. However, given his passion to explore philosophy, politics, and the communities in the UK, within which he has spent most of his life to date, Julian sacrificed his stable career in the fire brigade to become a full-time PhD student in September 2014. With his PhD in the final stages of writing-up, in the winter of 2016, Julian then obtained a 12-month lectureship in Urban & Social Geography at King’s College London. In this position his primary role will include teaching the 3rd year and Masters module ‘The Right to the City’ in the Department of Geography. He will also be submitting his final PhD thesis and related publications for peer review (watch this space), and will be working to develop the On Arendt network that he began in the summer of 2016.

This blog is his attempt to tell you of some of his interests, explain his understanding of some key academic texts, and offer some comment and analysis of the contemporary political and social world that surrounds him.

As the title of this blog suggests, most of this work has been done with an espresso coffee close to hand…


Top Quote: Arendt, H., (2005) The Promise of Politics, Edited and with an Introduction by Jerome Kohn, New York: Schocken Books

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