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                                           by Benedikt Korf & Conrad Schetter

Description of Content (in German):

Bürgerkriege, Terrorismus und organisierte Kriminalität stellen das herrschende Ordnungsparadigma der Nationalstaaten in vielen Regionen der Erde zunehmend in Frage. Dies führt zu gegenläufigen Prozessen der Territorialisierung und Deterritorialisierung, die sich in “Geographien der Gewalt“ niederschlagen. Die Beiträge in diesem Band beschreiben unterschiedliche Ausprägungen und Formen organisierter Gewalt und ihre Einbettung in soziale, politische und räumliche (Um-)Ordnungsprozesse. Divergierende Konflikttypen und die damit verbundene Strukturdynamik der Gewalt werden anhand von Beispielen aus Afghanistan, Pakistan, Äthiopien, Somalia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Brasilien, dem Kongo und dem Libanon erläutert. Zudem wird die Rolle globaler Schaltstellen der Macht in virtuellen Konflikträumen analysiert.
Dieser Band richtet sich an Studierende, Lehrende und Forschende der Geographie, der Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften und der Ethnologie, wendet sich aber auch an Schlüsselpersonen in Politik und Gesellschaft, die sich mit den räumlichen Ausprägungen von Gewalt beschäftigen.

The recently published book can be ordered here at Borntraeger Verlag/ Schweizerbart Science Publishers.

 

 

Tajikistan’s Episteme, Crossroads Asia & our marine Future: Workshop in Bremen

Leibniz-Zentrum für marine Tropen-Ökologie at University Bremen invites to
a Workshop, Writeshop and Networking Platform on "Tajikistan’s Episteme, Crossroads Asia & our marine Future".

The Workshop aims to provide a platform for jointly reflecting on past research on Tajikistan, as well as thinking about potential future research. For further Information, have a look inside their program, please.

 

 

Crossroads Studies: From Spatial Containers to Studying the Mobile

Abstract:

The research network Crossroads Asia, funded by the BMBF, started off in March 2011 with the aim to question the validity of the conventional ‘world regions’ of Central and South Asia as defining bases for area studies as conceptualized, organized, and taught at German universities. The increasing mobility of people, goods and ideas along Asia’s crossroads—so the network's underlying assumption—can no longer justify a division of the world in territorially fixed ‘areas’, defined by certain character traits to be found on the ‘inside’, but instead demands concepts of ‘area’ that take these dynamisms into account. For doing so, the network chose a novel approach with Norbert Elias’ figurations at its conceptual centre. After three years of largely empirical, ethnographic research, the network has indulged in a process of bringing the different empirical insights on the role of mobilities and immobilities in the spatialities of everyday life together by discussing the conceptual, methodological, and epistemological research outcomes and lessons they offer for conventional area studies approaches. This text offers a brief summary and overview, hoping to invite other interested scholars into the debate.

The whole article, which was published in Middle East - Topics & Arguments (META), can be read here

 

 

Recently published: "Rural Development: Knowledge and expertise in governance"

                         by Kristof van Assche & Anna-Katharina Hornidge

This book offers a unique perspective on rural development, by discussing the most influential perspectives and rendering their risks and benefits visible. The authors do not present a silver bullet. Rather, they give students, researchers, community leaders, politicians, concerned citizens and development organizations the conceptual tools to understand how things are organized now, which development path has already been taken, and how things could possibly move in a different direction. 

Van Assche and Hornidge pay special attention to the different roles of knowledge in rural development, both expert knowledge in various guises and local knowledge. Crafting development strategies requires understanding how new knowledge can fit in and work out in governance. Drawing on experiences in five continents, the authors develop a theoretical framework which elucidates how modes of governance and rural development are inextricably tied. A community is much better placed to choose direction, when it understands these ties. The recently published book can be ordered here.

 

 

Buchveröffentlichung des Crossroads Asia Koordinators

„Zuhause? Fremd? Migrations- und Beheimatungsstrategien zwischen Deutschland und Eurasien“ ist ein neu erschienener Sammelband des Crossroads Asia Koordinators Markus Kaiser und Michael Schönhuth. Die Beiträge dieses Bandes beziehen sich sowohl auf die Herkunfts- als auch auf die Ankunftsorte der postsozialistischen Migrationen, Remigrationen und Verortungen zwischen Deutschland und Osteuropa, Russland sowie Zentralasien. Dabei wird über reine Integrationsfragestellungen hinausgegangen und eine transnationale Perspektive ermöglicht. Auch auf bereits im Vorgängerband „Zuhause fremd“ (2006) begonnene Debatten zu Fragen nach Zugehörigkeit und Beheimatung werden wieder aufgenommen.

Weitere Informationen und Bestellung unter:
www.transcript-verlag.de/978-3-8376-2926-2

 

 

 

Visit the Crossroads Photo Exhibition at ZEF

The Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn and the Competence Network “Crossroads Asia” cordially invite you to a photo exhibition on the premises of ZEF.
The exhibition can be visited daily and the entrance is free.

Venue: ZEF, Walter-Flex-Straße 3, 53113 Bonn (see map).
Hours: 10 AM – 4 PM.

Photo credit:

Upper Hunza Valley, Pakistan | Photo by Andreas Benz
In 2010, a massive rockslide blocked the flow of the Hunza river and formed the more than 25km long Attabad lake, which inundated not only countless houses and large tracts of agricultural land, but also the Karakoram Highway, the lifeline of the region. Since then, communication between Upper Hunza and the rest of Pakistan has been possible by boat only.