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 14-16 May the Institut de Géographie et Durabilité at the University of Lausanne organises a 3-day doctoral seminar on “Political ecology of forest”. Muriel Côte will be guest lecturer on the course, and will give a lecture entitled “Tropical forest from the edge: finding and governing forest in Burkina Faso”. The course is sponsored by the IGS and CUSO.

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  • Rory Rowan will give a public lecture at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) on Monday May 14, 18:00, entitled ‘Enclosing the Cosmos: Neoliberalism, Extraction & Colonization in the Age of 'NewSpace’. 

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  • Muriel Côte and Denis Gautier published a paper entitled “Fuelwood territorialities: Chantier d’Aménagement Forestier and the reproduction of “political forests” in Burkina Faso”. The paper analyses the endurance of the national sustainable fuelwood production policy despite its shortcomings.

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  • On 26 and 27 April, Christoph Vogel participated in the bi-annual Congo Research Network conference at St. Anthony’s College where he convened a two-session panel on "rebel governmentalities" with Judith Verweijen from Ghent University, and presented a paper on the "ethics and positionalities of doing research in the eastern Congo”.

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  • Daniel Wolfe organized a three-panels session entitled “Flattened Scale Beyond the Second World” at the American Association of Geographers annual meeting (New Orleans, 10-15 April). Within this session he presented a paper entitled “Post-Olympic Sochi: legacies of uneven development in an aspiring consumption paradise”.

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  • Muriel Côte presented a paper entitled “At the double edge of the state: formalisation producing “hyperprecarity” on the goldmining frontier in Burkina Faso” as part of a session entitled “Frontiers in the Contemporary Moment” at the American Association of Geographers annual meeting (New Orleans, 10-15 April).

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  • 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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