Articles | Volume 67, issue 3
Geogr. Helv., 67, 139–145, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-67-139-2012

Special issue: Post-Development

Geogr. Helv., 67, 139–145, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-67-139-2012

  07 Nov 2012

07 Nov 2012

Welche Praxis nach der postkolonialen Kritik? Human- und physisch-geographische Feldforschung aus übersetzungstheoretischer Perspektive

S. Husseini de Araújo1 and P. Kersting2 S. Husseini de Araújo and P. Kersting
  • 1Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Institut für Geographie, Kochstr. 4/4, 91054 Erlangen, Germany
  • 2Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Geographisches Institut, Johann-Joachim-Becher-Weg 21, 55099 Mainz, Germany

Abstract. After the postcolonial critique, dealing with the power of speaking and self-reflexivity belong to the great challenges of academic work. In this article, we derive the necessity to accept these challenges from our own projects and discuss their practical consequences as well as the difficulties of integrating them in development studies of human and physical geography. We argue that the propositions of postcolonial theory cannot be transferred in practice without contradictions. Therefore, we try to grasp these contradictions with the concept of translation. From the point of view of Translation Studies, contradictions do not necessarily lead to failure, but they have the potential to create new knowledge and give voice to new perspectives.

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