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.
Between tags and guns
New paper by Christoph Vogel
New paper by Daniel Wolfe and Martin Müller
Thiruni Kelegama in CSAS, University of Edinburgh
Thiruni Kelegama will give a talk at the Centre for South Asian Studies of the University of Edinburgh on February 8, 2018.
“The state functions according to its entirely own logic”
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.
"The army plays a double role"
Interview with Christoph Vogel in the magazine "Spiegel" 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.
Closing events of New Plantations Project, Bologna and Brussels
Timothy Raeymaekers presided the closing event of the New Plantations project in Bologna on 9 December and in Brussels on 14 December, 2018.
Kivu security tracker launched
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 the mapping and the histories of over 120 non-state armed groups currently active in eastern Congo.
Christoph Vogel and Musamba Josaphat’s new paper – “Brokers of crisis”
Christoph Vogel at “Bogoro” book launch – 2 December 2017, Quai Branly, Paris
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
Rory Rowan’s keynote – 1st December 2017, University of Westminster Law and Theory Lab
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.