Planting flags in water

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In this commentary, I respond to James Riding and Carl Dahlman's article, ‘Montage space: borderlands, micronations, terra nullius, and the imperialism of the geographical imagination’. I build on their arguments about ‘more-than-dry landscapes’ to consider how the relationship between fluid and non-fluid landscapes sheds light on the construction and contestation of political space. To do so, I offer additional examples of how people plant flags in water, shedding light on the political implications of how physical territories are imagined, claimed, and sometimes, simply created at the fluid/non-fluid interface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)302-306
Number of pages5
JournalDialogues in Human Geography
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2022


  • Borders
  • colonialism
  • political geography
  • territory
  • water

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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