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Articles | Volume 71, issue 4
Geogr. Helv., 71, 365–368, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-71-365-2016

Special issue: Geographie als Geisteswissenschaft – Geographie in den...

Geogr. Helv., 71, 365–368, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-71-365-2016

Other 08 Dec 2016

Other | 08 Dec 2016

Editorial: Geographie als Geisteswissenschaft – Geographie in den Geisteswissenschaften

Benedikt Korf1 and Julia Verne2 Benedikt Korf and Julia Verne
  • 1Geographisches Institut, Universität Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
  • 2Geographisches Institut, Universität Bonn, Bonn, Deutschland

Abstract. This editorial provides the intellectual background for a themed issue that argues for a (re)consideration of human geography as a "Geisteswissenschaft". Engaging with the question of how a geography anchored in the arts and humantities might look like today, it tries to unsettle the kind of "theory-driven", post-structuralist research that has come to dominate human geography following the "cultural turn". In proposing a more thorough engagement with the potential of intrepretative, hermeneutic and phenomenological approaches, we conceptualise a "geisteswissenschaftliche" human geography as a much-needed irritation of the social scientific mainstream.

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