Political geography is the study of the co-production of space and power. Our research unit is particularly interested in this dynamics at the margins of a globalizing world. We study the spatial production of political order, uneven development and governance through specific discursive practices and places in Africa, South East Asia and Europe.
The political geography unit offers courses, supervises theses at both Bachelor and Master levels, and organizes field trips. For an overview over the lectures, seminars and tutorials offered, please consult Department of Geography / Studying and the electronic university calendar.
Panel on informal labour brokers – 6-9 June 2018, Bergamo
Timothy Raeymaekers and Domenico Perrotta will be hosting a panel on informal labour brokers and contemporary capitalist economies at the next ethnography and qualitative research conference in Bergamo, Italy, on 6-9 June 2018. More information here: http://www.etnografiaricercaqualitativa.it/?p=1039
Papers at the International Mining Conference – 13-14 December 2017, Ghent
Christoph Vogel, Christoph Kaufmann and Muriel Côte will present individual papers at the international mining conference entitled “Mining in comparative perspective: trends, transformations and theories” taking place in Ghent, Belgium, 13-14 December 2017.
New Plantations project closing session - 14 December 2017, Brussels
On 14 December Timothy raeymaekers will direct the closing event of the New Plantations project. For the last two years an international research team from Switzerland, Belgium and Italy has analyzed migrant work conditions in Europe, focusing on dynamics of illegalization, racialization and labour exploitation in the contintent’s agricultural sector. All interested in participating can send an email to More …
Rory Rowan spoke at University College London
Rory Rowan spoke at University College London's Institute of Advanced Studies as part of the 'Towards an Anthropology of Space: Orientating Cosmological Futures' symposium on Monday September 18th. His talk was titled 'Owning the Final Frontier?: The Emerging Geographies of Extra-Planetary Extraction'. More information about the event are available via the
New Research Project: Vigilante Legitimacy in Burkina Faso
The research project entitled “Security and Fragile States - The Space of Vigilante Legitimacy in Burkina Faso” funded by the North-South Cooperation, started on July 1st and will run until October 2018. It is coordinated by Muriel Côte, and undertaken in collaboration between the Political Geography unit, UZH and the Laboratoire de Recherche Pluridisciplinaire en Science Sociale, University of Ouagadougou I. The project aims to generate knowledge about the emergence of “kogl weogo” ...
Workshop with Adrian Lahoud
Adrian Lahoud from the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, London, will join PGG for a reading seminar on Tuesday May 30th. Lahoud will also give a guest lecture as part of the GEO423, the MA seminar in Political Geography, where he will discuss his project on the 'New Mediterranean.'
Planetary Crises Symposium
On June 2nd, Rory Rowan will be an invited keynote speaker at the "Governance and Planetary Crises: Challenges and Agendas for Human Ecology" symposium at the University of Kent, School of Anthropology and Conservation on Friday
New Plantations Workshop
On 25 March, the research team New Plantations, financed by the Swiss network of International Studies, organized its second intermediary meeting in Bologna, under the coordination of Timothy Raeymaekers. The meeting discussed the working conditions of migrant labourers in Southern Italy, producing different maps of this contemporary agricultural frontier.
Privatizing the Cosmos
Rory Rowan will give a Invited guest lecture at the New School's Center
for Transformative Media in New York on Tuesday April 11th, 2017, entitled
Privatizing the Cosmos: Property, Sovereignty and Frontier Extractivism in the Second Space Age.
Beyond Constesting Limits
Land, Access, and Resistance at the Virunga National Park by Stephan Hochleithner