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

  • On 13 December 2017, Spiegel Online published an interview with Christoph Vogel on the current dynamics of conflict in eastern Congo, where a week before, over a dozen UN peacekeeping troops have been killed in an assault.

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  • On 7 December 2017, the Kivu Security Tracker was launched. Political Geography’s Christoph Vogel contributed to the project with a co-authored report as well as in leading the project’s components focusing on More …

  • Timothy Raeymaekers presided the closing event of the New Plantations project in Bologna on 9 December and in Brussels on 14 December. For the last two years an international research team from Switzerland, Belgium and Italy has analysed migrant work conditions in Europe, focusing on dynamics of illegalization, racialization and labour exploitation in the contintent’s agricultural sector. Directed by a group of activists, artists and academics, the events highlighted the ...

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  • Vogel, Christoph & Musamba, Josaphat (2017): Brokers of crisis: the everyday uncertainty of Eastern Congo's mineral négociants. Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol. 55, No. 4, pp. 567-592. More information and download here 

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  • On December 2, 2017, Christoph Vogel will participate in a roundtable on the occasion of a the launch of “Bogoro”, a book around the the recent and ongoing trials regarding the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the International Criminal Court. The roundtable will take place at the Quai Branly museum in Paris and will be attended by the authors of “Bogoro” as well as former ICC lawyers and researchers. For more information here

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  • Rory Rowan will give a guest keynote lecture at the The Westminster Law and Theory Lab at Law School of the University of Westminster, London on December 1st. The talk, 'A Neo-Colonial Nomos of the Earth?' will form part of a series of seminars and workshops on nomos, postcoloniality and spatial justice funded by the British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowship Scheme. 

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  • Sven Daniel Wolfe has been invited to give a lecture at the University of Oslo’s Department of Sociology and Human Geography on December 15, 2017, as part of their Christmas seminar. His talk was entitled “A world-class Party… but for whom? Material developments, social inequalities, and the 2018 Football World Cup in Russia.”

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  • 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

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