Speculative Logistics: The Production of Space in the Gulf of Guinea
This thesis expands the definition of modern logistics by locating its emergence in transatlantic slavery and its network of intercontinental commodity chains that enabled large-scale integrated capitalist production. My research asks what fresh insights this knowledge could bring to the nature of capital and its ongoing transformation in the logistics revolution? This thesis examines the historic position of Africa and the Gulf of Guinea in particular (the region from which the majority of slave voyages departed) as a frontier geography whose construction was critical to the transformation of global capital. I hypothesise that our contemporary logistical turn repeats a dependency on an imaginary of the Gulf of Guinea as a logistical coastline, that has been present since global trade coalesced into being out of the greed, filth, and intimate violence of the transatlantic slave trade. My practice-led research creates intersections between critical urban studies, genealogies of logistics, and black feminist theory, to provide a framework for architectural analysis and experimentation in black aesthetic and political practice.