Prof. Dr. Ute Wardenga

Head of the Department for Theory, Methodology and History of Geography; Head of the research area Historical Geographies; Honorary Professor for Global Studies at the University of Leipzig


At the IfL since 1996

Since March 2012: Honorary professor for Global Studies at the University of Leipzig, Faculty for Social Sciences and Philosophy

1992–1996: Research assistant at the Institute for Geography at the University of Münster

1989–1992: Research assistant at the Institute for Geography of the University of Münster (1991 Doctoral studies)

1987–1989: Research assistant at the Institute for Comparative Urban History, Münster

1986–1987: Research assistant at the Institute for Geography at the University of Münster

1984–1986: Doctoral studies scholarship awarded by the German National Academic Foundation

1982–1984: Research assistant at the University of Münster

1976–1978 Studies in geography, history, and education at the University of Frankfurt/Main, 1978–1983 at the University of Münster (graduated: first state examination, secondary levels I and II)

Memberships/Positions on boards

Independent Peer Reviewer of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (since August 2017

Member of the Review Board 317 "Geography" of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Corresponding member of the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning – Leibniz Forum for Spatial Sciences

Editorial Board member of: Sozialgeographie kompakt – Geographica Helvetica – Fennia

Member of the CrossArea e.V. board of directors

Steering committee member of the Graduate School "Global and Area Studies" at the University of Leipzig


Co-publisher of the IfL publication series "Beiträge zur Regionalen Geographie" and "forum ifl"

Research interests

History and theory of geography and cartography, global studies


“Our Field is the World”: Geographical Societies 1821–1914 in International Comparison
SpielRäume – Landscape as a Space of Discoveries and Experiences

Completed projects

Robinson, van de Velde, and German Holy Land Cartography in the mid-19th Century
History of the DVAG
European and African Spatial Knowledge - Focus: maps as a medium of intercultural knowledge transfer between Europe and Africa in an early phase of globalisation
Digital Atlas of Geopolitical Imaginaries of Eastern Central Europe
Mapping the world
Deutsche und französische Geographie: histoire croisée


Automatically generated list:
Wardenga, Ute
Von der Länderkunde zu regionalen Geographien. -
In: Geographische Rundschau / 70 Jahre Geographische Rundschau - wo die Geographie heute steht, Seite 46-51
Wardenga, Ute
Einige (wissenschaftssoziale) Bemerkungen zum Schreiben und Begutachten von Texten : Auszüge aus einem Vortrag auf der Tagung "Neue Kulturgeogeographie (NKG) XIV". -
In: Rundbrief Geographie / 268 (2017), Seite 9-11
Hemmer, Michael / Schrüfer, Gabriele / Wardenga, Ute
Die Darstellung Israels in deutschen Geographieschulbüchern : Zwischenbericht. -
In: Zwischenberichte der Deutsch-Israelischen Schulbuchkommission. - Braunschweig: Georg-Eckert-Institut, Seite 56-105
Wardenga, Ute
Revisited: alte und neue Raumkonzepte für den Geographieunterricht. -
In: Zeitschrift für Didaktik der Gesellschaftswissenschaften / 8 (2017) 2, Seite 177-183
Kenkmann, Alfons (Herausgeber/-in) / Sander, Wolfgang (Herausgeber/-in) / Wardenga, Ute (Herausgeber/-in)
Zwischenberichte der Deutsch-Israelischen Schulbuchkommission. -
Braunschweig, Georg-Eckert-Institut. 140 Seiten (Eckert. Dossiers ; 8 (2017))
Jahn, Karsten / Wardenga, Ute
Wie Afrika auf die Karte kommt : das Beispiel Georg Schweinfurth. -
In: Sources and methods for African history and culture: essays in honour of Adam Jones. - Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag, Seite 137-161
Wardenga, Ute / Hemmer, Michael / Schrüfer, Gabriele
Geographieschulbücher : Befunde und Empfehlungen. -
In: Deutsch-israelische Schulbuchempfehlungen. - Göttingen: V&R unipress, Seite 61-78, 98-99, 108
Wardenga, Ute
Nachruf auf Professor Dr. Alois Mayr. -
In: Rundbrief Geographie / 250 (2014), S. 41 - 44
Wardenga, Ute
Nachruf auf Professor Dr. Alois Mayr. -
In: Mitteilungen der Österreichischen Geographischen Gesellschaft / 156 (2014), S. 375 - 377
Wardenga, Ute
Writing the history of geography : what we have learnt - and where to go next. -
In: Geographica Helvetica / 68 (2013) 1, S. 27 - 35
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Professor Dr Ute Wardenga
Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde
Schongauerstr. 9
04328 Leipzig

Tel.: +49 341 600 55-110

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