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 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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  • On 28 and 29 June, Timothy Raeymaekers and Christoph Vogel held a workshop in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Titled ‘Governing Conflict Minerals in eastern Congo’, the workshop convened 40 participants including Congolese miners, researchers and state representatives.

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  • From June 7 to 9, 2018, Rony Emmenegger participated at a conference on “Violence, Space and the Political” Conference organised by the School of Political Science and Sociology at NUI Galway, presenting a paper on “State Sedimentation: Materialising Law and Violence in the Ethiopian Somali Frontier”.

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  • Timothy Raeymaekers participated in the closing panel of the international workshop "Black Mediterranean: ReSignifications".

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  • Timothy Raeymaekers participated in an international workshop on 'The State, Anthropology, and the South' bringing different networks and research traditions into dialogue in Mainz, Germany, on 18-19 May 2018. 

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