Political Geography

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

  • Alice Kern, Konchok Gelek, Christoph Kaufmann, Christoph Vogel, Benedikt Korf, Tim Raeymaekers, Rony Emmeneger, Tobias Hagmann and Muriel Côte will participate to the summer school on "Governance at the Edge of the State", and some will teach at the Master Class, that the Political Geography Unit co-organises with the Department of Food and Agricultural Economics at the University of Copenhagen, DK.

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  • Muriel Côte was invited as a visiting researcher at Leipzig University’s Centre for Spatial Transformations under the Global Condition, and gave a lecture entitled “Making concessions in Burkina Faso: rethinking the “extractive enclave” under a global goldmining frontier” on July 3rd, 2019.

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  • The paper examines how the “politics of belonging” that is expressed through claims of autochthony, relates to citizenship.

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  • The website of the MIC|C project, that Tim Raeymaekers has been working together with over the last five year in Basilicata, Italy, is up.

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  • The highly prestigious Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) Award for the best thesis in international relations was attributed to Christoph Vogel’s PhD Thesis on conflict minerals.

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  • Die Anschläge auf Kirchen und Hotels am Ostersonntag haben Sri Lanka erschüttert. Die Radikalisierung der islamistischen Attentäter hat weniger mit dem globalen Dschihad zu tun als vielmehr mit der Identitätspolitik des Landes, schreiben Benedikt Korf und Christine Schenk in der FAZ.

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  • Gold mining in Colombia is deeply entangled with decades of internal armed conflict. Various interests clash. PhD student Christoph Kaufmann is researching sustainable solutions.

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  • On the occasion of the devastating bomb attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday 2019, Wiley Publisher has made the paper available free access that S.H. Hasbullah and Benedikt Korf wrote on Muslim politics, inter-Muslim violence and Islamization in Kattankudy.

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  • Thamali Thenne Gedara presented a paper on ‘Beyond Hybridity: Identity through Language’ at the British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS) held in the Durham University from 3rd to 5th April 2019. 

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  • Timothy Raeymaekers just published a chapter in a the new Handbook on Critical Geographies of Migration, edited by Katharyne Mitchell, Reece Jones and Jennifer Fluri. 

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