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

  • Muriel Côte gave an input on her research on goldmining in Burkina Faso as a concrete case to fuel discussions, alongside a presentation of the KOVI by the committee.

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  • On February 12th the project "Security and fragile states", coordinated by Muriel Côte, and funded mainly by the North-South Cooperation of the University of Zürich, came to a close in a public seminar at the University of Ouagadougou I, Burkina Faso. 

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  • On 17 January, 2019 Timothy Raeymaekers gave an invited lecture at the Geography Department in Bologna, on the 'Deep Border and the Mediterranean Crisis', attended by Faculty and geography teachers.

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  • The summer school "Gender and Space" - co-organised by several GIUZ members - gathered 100 students and lecturers around a number of activities and themes for taking stock of the trajectories and directions of feminist geographies. One of the activities inspired a blogpost on gender and space in the neoliberal academy.

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  • On December 1, 2018, Sven Daniel Wolfe organized a panel to conclude the Human Geographies day of sessions at the Swiss Geosciences Meeting. 

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  • Between 11 and 17 November 2018, the Zürich team of the European Geography Association (EGEA), the Geographisch-Ethnologische Gesellschaft Zürich (GEGZ) and the GeoTeam (Fachverein Geographie & ESS) organized a series of events around the "Geography Awareness Week". 

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  • Muriel Côte together with Ross Purves and Flurina Wartmann coordinated a special issue in the open access journal Geographica Helvetica around the politics of defining and valuing forest. 

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  • Together with Sara Geenen, Kristof Titeca and Josaphat Musamba, Christoph Vogel wrote an article for "Africa Is A Country". Titled “The Ethics of Political Art”, the piece is a critical review of Swiss theatre director Milo Rau’s multi-media project, "Congo Tribunal," about the violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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  • On the occasion of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Congolese gynecological surgeon Dr. Denis Mukwege, Political Geography’s Christoph Vogel was invited to participate in RFI’s ‘Decryptage’ programme and discuss the dynamics of continued violence in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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  • On October 26-27, Muriel Côte presented a paper entitled “Koglweogo legitimation: navigating the twilight of state-making and state-breaking in Burkina Faso” at the Swiss Research Africa Days organized by the Swiss Society for African Studies.

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