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WG Glasze

Welcome to the chair of cultural geography at the Institute of Geography at the FA-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. Our research focuses on new developments in cultural and social geographies. We are especially interested in the ‘making of geographies’, i.e. how certain spaces and places are (re)produced, distinguished, valuated, institutionalised, and constituted through socio-technical processes. We are especially interested in how specific social structures become (re-)produced and the production of spaces therefore is an element of power relations. Our research contributes to the fields of political geography, social geography, urban geography, cultural geography, as well as geoinformation and cartographic (re)presentation in the digital age. Conceptually, our research is situated in proximity to theories of discourse and hegemony, partly with linkages to conceptualisation of practices and socio-technical assemblages.

At the moment, we focus on two broad research agendas: “Spaces – Identities – Politics” and “Cartographies, Geoweb and Society” (for more information on the latter, see also geoweb-studien.de [in German])


Spaces – Identities – Politics   I   Cartography, the Geoweb and Society   I   Researchers


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Within this research agenda, a range of projects look at how the production of spaces is intertwined with specific policies and (re)productions of social differentiations and identities:

  • Counter-hegemonic discourses of stigmatised neighbourhoods in France and Germany (funded by the German Research Council [DFG], together with Andreas Tijé-Dra and Robert Pütz; 2012-2016)
  • New rurality? Analysing the German ‘Landlust’ (PhD scholarship funded by the Bavarian Elite Network, carried out by Christoph Baumann; 2013-2016)
  • The struggle over identity, morality and public space in Middle Eastern cities (interdisciplinary project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation; PI: Jörn Thielmann, in cooperation with colleagues from Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia; 2014-2017)
  • The configuration of “Islam” and “Muslims” in German cities (together with Jan Winkler and in cooperation with Andreas Pott, Institute of Migration and Intercultural Studies (IMIS), Osnabrück; 2015-)
  • The translation of urban and regional developmental ideas as transformation of dispositives: “creative cities” in the European Metropolitan Region Nuremberg (PhD project of Moritz Ortegel, funded by the Staedtler-Foundation (2016); 2012-2016)

In addition to these projects, members of the working group, along with Annika Mattissek, are currently under contract to produce a revised and augmented third edition of the following handbook (forthcoming 2016): “Diskurs und Raum. Theorien und Methoden für die Humangeographie sowie die sozial- und kulturwissenschaftliche Raumforschung” [Discourse and space. Theories and methods for human geography and the wider social sciences and cultural studies].

The working group is a member of the following interdisciplinary networks at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU):

  • Interdisciplinary institute “Anthropology of religions” (Speaker of the working group “Space and Practices”)
  • Interdisciplinary institute “Regional studies – Working group Middle East” (Speaker 2012-2014)
  • Working group “Social configurations of order before and after the national state” (cooperation with Tobias Chilla, Institute of Geography, and other researchers from the Institute of History and Public Law)



Cartography, the Geoweb and Society


(For more detailed information about our activities, please see geoweb-studies.de [in German].)

Geoinformation and cartographic (re)presentations categorize, define, arrange, locate, signify and, therefore, (re)produce certain presentations of the world. They influence what we know about, and how we interact within, the world. The field of geoinformation and cartographic (re)presentation in the digital age has been fundamentally transformed by the growth of “volunteered geographic information” (e.g. OpenStreetMap) and “corporate geographic information” (e.g. GoogleEarth) in the geoweb.

We scrutinize the social and political dimensions of this transformation in the following projects:

  • Exclusions in voluntary geographic information: A case study of OpenStreetMap and WikiMapia in Israel/Palestine (PhD project of Christian Bittner, funded by the Bavarian Research Alliance, the Schmauer Foundation and the German Research Council 2016-2018 [DFG])
  • A history of quantitative geography in Germany (Boris Michel and Katharina Paulus, funded by the Thyssen Foundation; 2014-2016)
  • Web 2.0 crisis cartography (PhD project of Cate Turk)
  • Mosques and maps – a case study on the transformation of geoinformation and cartographic representation in the digital age (together with Chris Perkins, Manchester/GB and Tim Elrick)
  • Volunteered and corporate geographic information as a challenge for the territorial nation state (together with Matthieu Noucher and Dr. Mélina Germes, Bordeaux/France, funded by the BFHZ; 2015-2016)
  • Usage and potential of digital geodata for urban research and spatial observation (Tim Elrick und Matthias Plennert)
  • The role of software for volunteered geographic information: a genealogy of OpenStreetMap from the perspective of the software-studies (PhD project of Matthias Plennert)


In addition to these projects, Georg Glasze, Time Elrick, Boris Michel and Christican Bittner are under contract to produce the following textbook (forthcoming 2016): “Kartographie und Gesellschaft. Theorien und Praktiken geographischer Repräsentationen vom Atlas zum Geoweb.“ [Cartography and Society. Theories and Practices of geographic representations from atlases to the geoweb]. UTB: Ulmer.

The working group is part of the following interdisciplinary networks at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU):


Researchers – working group Glasze

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