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Working group: Cultural, political and digital geographies (Glasze)

The research projects in the working group Cultural/Political/Digital Geographies at the Erlangen Chair of Cultural Geography (Glasze) share a perspective on social spaces that understand them as always produced in a specific way, potentially controversial and in this sense as cultural and political

Our research can largely be categorised into four areas:

Cultural and political geographies of the digital transformation.

The socio-technical disruptions known as the "digital transformation" or, in some cases, the "digital revolution" are fundamentally changing geographies. At the Erlangen Chair of Cultural Geography we investigate these transformations from a cultural, social, and political-geographical perspective. Together with other colleagues we have established the research context of a "Digital Geography" within German-speaking geography and are extensively internationally and interdisciplinarily interconnected in this field.

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Digital technologies trigger an intensifying datafication and enable a growing legibility of individual, social and socio-technical processes. Against this background, questions of access to, ownership and protection of data, that is to say questions of the configuration of data circulations are negotiated—often under the label of a “digital sovereignty”.

“Sovereignty”, the “sovereign state”, the “sovereign subject”and the “sovereign organisation”are fundamental concepts of (European) modernity. However, conceiving sovereignty as a form of absolute self-determination has been criticised by many authors as a normative ideal—a myth. Conversely, positing sovereignty as relational de-essentialises and re-conceptualises sovereignty as social, thusenabling us to analyse negotiations of (potentially competing) claims for sovereignty.

The highly interdisciplinary research group “Discourses and Practices of Digital Sovereignty” aims at (I) an-alysing the debate on “digital sovereignty”, developing a concept of sovereignty as relational,and relating this concept to established disciplinary discussions of the concept of sovereignty. The findings of “What ‘is’digital sovereignty?” serve as an overarching framework to be challenged by a closely knit set of em-pirical studies.In nine empirical research areas (II) new configurations of data circulation are examined (see Fig.).

These studies interact along four research axes: Firstly, we compare how claims to sovereignty are articulated by the actors within the respective areas and to what extent the concept of a relational sovereignty helps to understand these empirical cases. Secondly, several studies analyse to what extent intensifying datafication facilitates increasing legibility of individual, social and socio-technical processes and how these growing data legibilities transform socio-economic and socio-political processes—enabling innovations and threatening established structures. Thirdly, intensifying datafication and increasing legibility are closely related to the areas of conflict between (concepts and practices of) data access,data ownership and data protection. At least four of the nine empirical studies deal with these political economies of data.

Last but not least, intensifying datafication and increasing legibility challenge individual and organisational competencies regarding data. Thus, lastly, five projects will deal with questions of data competencies.

Fig. 1: Research Design

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Geographische Informationen werden im Web 2.0 zunehmend kollaborativund freiwillig, durch selbst-organisierte onlinecommunities generiert. Durch diesen „laienhaften“ bottom-up-Charakter unterscheiden sich „volunteered geographic information“ (VGI) von „konventionellen“Geodaten, die i.d.R. in spezialisierten Organisationen von professionellenExpertInnen produziert werden. Diese Entwicklungen sind teilweise als eine „Öffnung“und „Demokratisierung der Kartographie“ begr…

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Volunteered geographic information (VGI), that is to say, the voluntary and non-paid collection of geodata within the interactive web 2.0, has been interpreted as a chance for giving marginalized voices access to the compilation and dissemination of geographic information. However, the idea that within the web 2.0 everybody could participate in the fabrication of geographic information has been rapidly questioned, pointing to the different social and socio-technical forms of exclusion. Yet, despite…

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Im Rahmen desPromotionsvorhabens beschäftigt sich Christian Eichenmüller mit der Lesbarkeit und Kalkulierbarkeit städtischer Räume, die im Kontext der Digitalisierung städtischer Infrastruktur einen neuen Schub erfährt. Das Ausmaß von ‚Lesbarmachung‘ und Kalkulierbarkeit städtischer Räume ist nicht einfach gegeben, sondern wird aktiv produziert. Zur Lesbar- und Sichtbarmachung und zur Herstellung von Kalkulierbarkeit urbaner Räume bedarf es Einheiten, die identifiziert, dokumentiert, gezählt und ü…

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Cultural and political geographies of the city.

Cities are places where social dynamics are concentrated. This is where social lines of difference meet and are negotiated. This is where questions of how to shape and control coexistence are raised in a nuanced form.

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The project is based on the observation that the identities Muslim and Islam are increasingly negotiated and becoming significant categories at a local and municipal level in Germany, thus being affected and shaped, that is, configurated, in new ways within specific local and urban contexts. It is the local level, where Islam becomes most visible and an issue of local policies and administration, where a part of the population is addressed as muslim, where the relations between muslims and non-muslims…

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Im Rahmen desPromotionsvorhabens beschäftigt sich Christian Eichenmüller mit der Lesbarkeit und Kalkulierbarkeit städtischer Räume, die im Kontext der Digitalisierung städtischer Infrastruktur einen neuen Schub erfährt. Das Ausmaß von ‚Lesbarmachung‘ und Kalkulierbarkeit städtischer Räume ist nicht einfach gegeben, sondern wird aktiv produziert. Zur Lesbar- und Sichtbarmachung und zur Herstellung von Kalkulierbarkeit urbaner Räume bedarf es Einheiten, die identifiziert, dokumentiert, gezählt und ü…

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Cultural and political geographies of identities and differences.

In this field of research we are investigating at the Erlangen Chair of Cultural Geography how the production of certain spaces is intertwined with certain policies and the (re)production of social differentiations and identities

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The project is based on the observation that the identities Muslim and Islam are increasingly negotiated and becoming significant categories at a local and municipal level in Germany, thus being affected and shaped, that is, configurated, in new ways within specific local and urban contexts. It is the local level, where Islam becomes most visible and an issue of local policies and administration, where a part of the population is addressed as muslim, where the relations between muslims and non-muslims…

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Von der neuen Lust am Ländlichen: In dem Promotionsprojekt untersucht Chrsitoph Baumann diehistorische Herausbildung idyllischer Ländlichkeit sowie ihre Rolle in der vom urbanen Leben geprägten Gegenwartsgesellschaft.

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Cultural and political geographies of the history of geography

In this research field we contribute to the discussion of the history of geography as a scientific discipline

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From the perspective of the philosophy of science and scientific practices the so called >quantitative revolution< in the history of German geography, is one of the disciplines major turning points. At the same time there is not jet a sound historiographic analysis of this quantitative-theoretic turn in the German speaking Geography. The disciplines story as it is told in general overviews, introductory literature, new theoretical concepts but also in informal narratives only focuses on a few singular…

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Finn Dammann

  • GeoData-Centre
    Wetterkreuz 15
    91058 Erlangen

“External” phd-candidates

  • Nora Hahn-Hobeck MA, Erlangen
  • Lama’a Mahmoud Mohammed Al-Orainat MA, Aquaba (Jordanien)
  • Cate Turk MA, Perth (Australien)

Former Members of the Research Group

  • Dr. Christoph Baumann (now in School Service)
  • Dr. Christian Bittner (now: Research Data Services at the University Library in Bonn)
  • Adam Brailich, M.A.
  • Dr. Tim Elrick (now: Director of the Geographic Information Centre, McGill University, Montreal)
  • Dr. Henning Füller (now: Senior Researcher at the Institut für Geographie, HU Berlin)
  • Dr. Mélina Germes (now: Senior Researcher at CNRS Bordeaux)
  • Prof. Dr. Shadia Husseini de Araújo (now: Professor at the Departamento de Geografia da Universidade de Brasília)
  • Dr. Günther Kramann
  • Dr. Henning Schirmel (now: DB AG, Berlin)
  • Dr. Andreas Tijé-Dra (now: Stadt Nürnberg)
  • Dr. Betty Rouland (now: Wissenschaftlerin im Institut de recherche sur le Maghreb contemporain de Tunis (IRMC))
  • Cate Turk M.A. (now: Perth, Autralia)
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Florian Weber (now: Universität des Saarlandes)