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

  • 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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  • Daniel Wolfe will be giving a workshop at the Center for Eastern European Studies on November 28th entitled “A world class party… but for whom? – Material developments, social inequalities and the 2018 football World Cup in Russia".

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  • On 26th September, Muriel Côte and Dr Zakaria Soré, both researchers on the project “Spaces of vigilante legitimacy in Burkina Faso” funded by the UZH North South Cooperation, will be part of an event coordinated by Dr Heidi Bøjsen at the University of Copenhagen.

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  • Christoph Vogel and Jason Stearns just published ‘Kivu’s Intractable Security Conundrum, revisited' in African Affairs.

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  • Based on her master thesis research, Mengina Gilli published a post on blog of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) entitled “Decisions have consequences: Contrasting stories of shea butter and community conservation in Ghana".

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  • On July 9-12 Dr Sylvie Capitant (Université Paris ! Panthéon-Sorbonne) and Muriel Côte co-organised a double panel entitled “Imaginaires et Désenchantement du Développement par l’extraction minière en Afrique” at the 5th Rencontre des Etudes Africaines Françaises a Marseille.

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  • On 6 July, Christoph Vogel was invited for a talk and a roundtable discussion on the occasion of Medecins Sans Frontieres’ (MSF) annual meeting regarding humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The event was held in Amsterdam at MSF’s Dutch section.

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  • On 5 July, Christoph Vogel presented a paper on transnational conflict dynamics between Burundi and eastern Congo at a conference on ‘Governance, Peace and Development in Burundi’ at the University of Antwerp.

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