Liminal geographies


Margins are actually centers of change. This group explores processes of social transformation through a focus on the edges, the boundaries, or the arguably peripheral and marginal places that challenge power in the center. Our work involves reflections on political contestation, disputed territories and claims to authority (for example regarding land rights and conflicts over resources), liminal orders, as well as the cultural and political hybridity that denotes the emergence of alternative meaning in such interstitial spaces. We take inspiration from theories on the production of social space in geography and anthropology (for example frontiers, and liminality) and apply these to areas where sovereign authority is being highly and/or violently contested.

Group leader

Dr. Timonthy Raeymaekers

Group members

see staff list Political Geography

Belongs to the organizational unit

Political Geography