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

  • Vogel, Christoph & Musamba, Josaphat (2017): Brokers of crisis: the everyday uncertainty of Eastern Congo's mineral négociants. Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol. 55, No. 4, pp. 567-592. More information and download here 

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  • On December 2, 2017, Christoph Vogel will participate in a roundtable on the occasion of a the launch of “Bogoro”, a book around the the recent and ongoing trials regarding the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the International Criminal Court. The roundtable will take place at the Quai Branly museum in Paris and will be attended by the authors of “Bogoro” as well as former ICC lawyers and researchers. For more information here

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  • Rory Rowan will give a guest keynote lecture at the The Westminster Law and Theory Lab at Law School of the University of Westminster, London on December 1st. The talk, 'A Neo-Colonial Nomos of the Earth?' will form part of a series of seminars and workshops on nomos, postcoloniality and spatial justice funded by the British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowship Scheme. 

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  • Sven Daniel Wolfe has been invited to give a lecture at the University of Oslo’s Department of Sociology and Human Geography on December 15, 2017, as part of their Christmas seminar. His talk was entitled “A world-class Party… but for whom? Material developments, social inequalities, and the 2018 Football World Cup in Russia.”

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  • Timothy Raeymaekers and Domenico Perrotta will be hosting a panel on informal labour brokers and contemporary capitalist economies at the next ethnography and qualitative research conference in Bergamo, Italy, on 6-9 June 2018. More information here: http://www.etnografiaricercaqualitativa.it/?p=1039

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  • Christoph Vogel, Christoph Kaufmann and Muriel Côte will present individual papers at the international mining conference entitled “Mining in comparative perspective: trends, transformations and theories” taking place in Ghent, Belgium, 13-14 December 2017.

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  • On 14 December Timothy raeymaekers will direct the closing event of the New Plantations project. For the last two years an international research team from Switzerland, Belgium and Italy has analyzed migrant work conditions in Europe, focusing on dynamics of illegalization, racialization and labour exploitation in the contintent’s agricultural sector. All interested in participating can send an email to More …

  • Rory Rowan spoke at University College London's Institute of Advanced Studies as part of the 'Towards an Anthropology of Space: Orientating Cosmological Futures' symposium on Monday September 18th. His talk was titled 'Owning the Final Frontier?: The Emerging Geographies of Extra-Planetary Extraction'. More information about the event are available via the

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  • The research project entitled “Security and Fragile States - The Space of Vigilante Legitimacy in Burkina Faso” funded by the North-South Cooperation, started on July 1st and will run until October 2018. It is coordinated by Muriel Côte, and undertaken in collaboration between the Political Geography unit, UZH and the Laboratoire de Recherche Pluridisciplinaire en Science Sociale, University of Ouagadougou I. The project aims to generate knowledge about the emergence of “kogl weogo” ...

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  • Adrian Lahoud from the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, London, will join PGG for a reading seminar on Tuesday May 30th. Lahoud will also give a guest lecture as part of the GEO423, the MA seminar in Political Geography, where he will discuss his project on the 'New Mediterranean.'

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