The article analyzes unfoldings and enactments of narratives on a politically divisive past in educational spaces of two multi-ethnic settings – the Republic of Tatarstan and Bosnia and Herzegovina. We explore how the contested past is represented within official school curricula and how it unfolds in concrete school settings.
This article discusses the potential of using drones for community based counter-mapping. Drawing on action research conducted along the Kapuas River in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, we describe how drones were used for political interventions against land grabs by palm oil and mining companies. We argue that self-built drones can be used by local activists in an emancipatory and inclusive way, thereby becoming a weapon of the weak against land and resource grabs.
External intervention in Iraq has been widely criticised by practitioners and academics: The armed invasion of the US and its allies in 2003 aimed at toppling the Baath Regime and transforming Iraq into a democratic country. Against that backdrop the paper analyses how local actors – in my case non-governmental women's organisations – perceive and interact with international actors and knowledge frameworks.
This article demonstrates with an ethnographic and praxeological analysis of one café how the social practices therein foster and generate interactions that link urban dwellers with each other and increase their place attachment as well as their senses of home and community.
Management consultants like McKinsey or Roland Berger have gained a new role in urban policy since the millennium, whereas urban politicians search for immediate solutions for urban crises and recipes for being internationally competitive. Experiences from six German cities expose the diverse roles that management consultants play in urban policy today: short-term consulting causes a stimulus for change but often results in an ambivalent amalgamation of professionalization and narrowness.
This article urges us to rethink our engagement with politically problematic figures in our own discipline. Focusing on Friedrich Ratzel, it illustrates the contemporary, though widely unnoticed, (re)appearance of Ratzel’s ideas, and uses this example to emphasise the need for more critical reflection concerning the history of our discipline as well as the complex ways in which political ideologies and intellectual reasoning relate to each other.
The paper highlights how the use of Swiss military drones facilitates and limits the acquisition of knowledge for the missions of the border guards. It then demonstrates the way in which the mobile and flexible nature of this technology also gives rise to new surveillance practices and identification controls. Moreover, through this study, the aim is to rethink the real interest of the modern states in acquiring and using new technology to secure the national territory.
In this article, the concepts of liminality and liminal space are engaged in the context of museum learning and education. Deploying data collected from Museum Victoria, Australia, the spatial dynamics of student learning at the museum were mapped. Liminal spaces of learning were found to have a special salience. Jump starting the learner out of a comfortable state of mind and into a state of productive uncertainty, these spaces challenge how museum learning is conventionally understood.
Drawing on a research project on adaptations of climate and energy policies in German cities we ask why, despite the growing number of laws and recommendations formulated on the national level, local adaptations of climate and energy policies vary significantly between different cities. We explain how discourse and governmentality studies can be brought into resonance with the policy mobility debate and suggest that these concepts are particularly well suited to explain these discrepancies.
Senegalese households have adapted to a resource-poor environment through long-standing mobility-based strategies. Drawing on researches in Senegal, Italy, and Spain, this paper shows that in the global age vulnerability and structural constraints have an increasing impact on such strategies, in particular by influencing households’ access to different migration destinations and their ability to adopt effective translocal livelihood strategies.