Die Intervention befasst sich vor allem mit der Dynamik des Dialogs zwischen Carolin Schur und Peter Weichhart. Die leitende rage lautet, Wie kann wissenschaftlicher Dialog am besten gestaltet werden unter Bedingungen der tendenziell zunehmenden Wissenslücken der jeweiligen Dialogpartner*innen gegenüber anderen Standpunkten? Es wird argumentiert, dass diese Frage am besten geantwortet werden kann, wenn wir unser Verständnis für die subtile Auswirkungen der Positionalität verbessern.
This article investigates how new digital technologies are established in agriculture. It draws upon empirical data from a qualitative case study with a Swiss based but internationally operating start-up that has recently obtained the first authorisation to spray crop protection products on vineyards with their home-made drone. The authors show that there has been a joint-effort between the private company and federal institutions to experiment, improve and regulate the functioning of the drone.
This intervention discusses the politics of place naming in the context of decolonising universities and academic knowledge. It is written as a comic that creates a visual as well as textual narrative by focussing on the figure of Carl Vogt, a 19th century racial theorist and politician whose name was used for a building constructed in 2015 at the University of Geneva. It is written as a personal letter to Carl Vogt.
Are the legal dimensions of social spatialities sufficiently taken into account in geographical theory? The concept geographicity of law will be developed in order to answer this question in a dialogue between the current spatial turn of legal studies and the already existing legal geography. Especially, the realms of public space and urbanity will be addressed.
Taking as an example coastal protection infrastructure under construction in the Venetian Lagoon, we reflect on how environmental justice approaches are useful to analyse the socio-political processes shaping coastal environments and climate change adaptation interventions.
The spatial borders of territorial states are also the limits of the validity of the principle of abstract equality and its emancipatory potential. Against the backdrop of geographical theorizations of spatial forms, the paper discusses how this is reflected in the Marxist critique of merely abstract equality and the ways in which current theories of radical democracy find emancipatory potential in the demand for equality.
When authorities act apparently to protect communities from risks, including those made worse by climate change, there can be other motives at work. Through research in Rio de Janeiro we analyse how a favela clearance policy was brought in after landslides in 2010 with only weak technical justification. Favela dwellers, activists and counter-experts formed a network to contest these moves, challenge the risk assessments undertaken and build a partially successful resistance to an unjust policy.
Cet article s'intéresse à la représentation de la Suisse à travers deux affiches. La première vise à attirer une clientèle touristique en 1942, la seconde à faire voter les électeurs pour le parti Vert'libéral en 2019. Nous décryptons les images représentées et montrons en quoi elles vont de pair avec certains messages. La Suisse est ici celle des familles urbaines et celle de la verdure. Ces deux thèmes sont clés dans la mobilisation d'un public touristique et d'un électorat.
This paper examines the climate justice narratives that are gradually emerging in the cross-border territory of Chiapas–Guatemala, in an area of high socio-environmental conflict. The religious factor is the driving force behind many of these anti-capitalist struggles, especially from the perspective of liberation theology. The case study is a call for the inclusion of religion in climate and environmental justice theories, as a relevant factor in territories with a colonial past.
This paper looks at the possibilities and difficulties of producing short comic stories with interviewees in order to find out about the way in which they remember that past and anticipate the future. The study this paper is based on was conducted by three artists and one geographer with people who live close to a planned development corridor in Kenya. The results suggest that the presented method can offer unique insights by making abstract ideas of the future more concrete.
Every crisis is a moment both of the intensification of borders and of their potential breaking down. Borders have acquired centrality in the imaginary of the management of the pandemic. They are a constitutive part of the pandemic condition, endowed with a new symbolic and cognitive force. The massive interventions by states to shore up the economy may simply be the prelude to a more virulent phase, where a crisis of legitimacy and a crisis of social reproduction are interwoven.
We explore climate change adaptation planning from a justice perspective. We draw on the growing literature on the politics of adaptation and on justice theories and highlight the need for incorporating the distributive, procedural and recognition justice dimensions in adaptation planning. Adaptation to climate change is reframed as a set of temporal, spatial and socio-political choices that have significant justice implications.