Political Geography

Thinking about borders
Thinking about borders

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.

News

  • Benedikt Korf will give an input on Michael Dear’s talk in the “Sessions on Territory: Urbanism Beyond Neoliberalism” organised by the ETH Zurich D-ARCH on Mai 14, 2018.

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  • Rony Emmenegger and Rory Rowan et al. have published an article on “Ontology and Integrative Global Change Science”. The article provides some leading questions that integrative research initiatives can use to guide self-reflexive research practices.

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  • Members of the political geography unit met on April 17th to discuss and debate the strengths and weaknesses of the various “ontological turns” across a variety of disciplines.

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  • Rory Rowan will be giving a lecture entitled “Beyond Colonial Futurism: Portugal’s Atlantic Spaceport and the Neoliberalization of Outer Space”. 

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  • Timothy Raeymaekers presented the paperback version of his book "Violent Capitalism and Hybrid Identity in the Eastern Congo" at the Sorbonne in Paris to the ERC project team "Social Dynamics of Civil Wars", on 15 March, 2018

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  • Giuseppe Grimaldi, who was a visiting student at our unit in 2017, defended his PhD thesis at the University of Milano-Bicocca on 14 March, 2018 with a thesis on the Ethiopian and Eritrean diaspora titled "In search of Italianness: an ethnography of the second-generation condition in a mobility perspective".

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  • New paper by Daniel Wolfe and Martin Müller

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  • New paper by Christoph Vogel

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  • Thiruni Kelegama will give a talk at the Centre for South Asian Studies of the University of Edinburgh on February 8, 2018.

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  • In the special issue on military and politics, the D+C magazine interviewed Christoph Vogel on the conflict dynamics in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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