Urban geography otherwise? Decentering academic knowledge production in praxis. Session @RGS-IBG, Sept 1, 2021

Dual session at RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2021 Chairs: Anke Schwarz (TU Dresden) and Monika Streule (ETH Zürich) Today, many scholars are aware of the theoretically well-founded need to work towards more decentred urban knowledge production.…

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Introduction to the special issue ‘Contested Urban Territories: Decolonized perspectives’

Over the last two years, Monika Streule and Anke Schwarz co-edited the Geographica Helvetica special issue 'Contested Urban Territories: Decolonized Perspectives'. All seven papers of the special issue are available at https://www.geogr-helv.net/special_issue938.html Now we are…

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Interview with Raúl Zibechi: “Not all spaces are territories”

Our interview with the Uruguayan researcher, journalist, and activist Raúl Zibechi has just been published in Geographica Helvetica. We discuss current socioterritorial movements in Latin America and beyond, the emergence of new subjects through practices…

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The idea of a borderless world, by Achille Mbembe

From its inception “movement” or more precisely “borderlessness” has been central to various utopian traditions. The very concept of utopia, refers to that which has no borders, beginning with the imagination itself.

As a direly needed inspiration for the rough year ahead, I’d like to share Achille Mbembe’s essay The idea of a borderless world. You’ll find this 2019 must-read at the Africa is a Country blog, here: https://africasacountry.com/2018/11/the-idea-of-a-borderless-world. The text was first published in the October 2018 print issue of the Chimurenga Chronic.

Urban DIY Mesh Networks and the Right to the City: An Interview with the Tapullo Collective

wireless community networks

Wireless community networks have been around for a while and are regaining some attention these days as means of strengthening local interaction and community organizing. In Genoa, a group of people, some of them members…

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