Presents Now Past – Facets of the Archive for Geography

In the Archive for Geography there are around 130 bequeathals made by renowned geographers from higher education, travelling researchers and private learned individuals, as collections of documents from geographical clubs, associations and editorial teams of periodicals. This material reflects the history of geography as a discipline in the 19th and 20th centuries.

On 26 poster boards, the exhibition shows 14 representative stocks of items intended to serve as examples. One area of emphasis is significant representatives from the study of geography in Leipzig institutions of higher education, who decisively shaped German and international geography:

  • Friedrich Ratzel (1844–1904), who counts as the founder of anthropogeography and whose political geography and ethnography was later used as argumentation for asserting a scientific basis for certain views on geopolitics and on races;
  • Joseph Partsch (1851–1925), who made a name for himself as a specialist in regional geography, both domestically and abroad as an explorer of other countries,  as well as a glacial morphologist;
  • Ernst Neef (1908–1984), who from his bases in Leipzig and Dresden decisively shaped landscape ecology as a science, developing a large school for this field of scientific enquiry;
  • Hans Meyer (1858–1929), who became famous through research trips to Africa and South America, acquiring fame in 1899 as the first person to climb Kilimanjaro.

The documents from the First German South Pole Expedition (1901-1903), also on display, or Emil Trinkler's 1927/28 Central Asia Expedition, offer interesting insights into the everyday research work of the geographers. Also presented are the geographical science structures which were in place during the Nazi regime or in the GDR Communist years. Finally the exhibition vividly presents aspects of the more recent history of ideas in this discipline, such as the Central Place Theory by Walter Christaller or the social geography of Wolfgang Hartke.

Contact

Heinz Peter Brogiato
H_Brogiato(at)ifl-leipzig.de
Tel.: +49 341 600 55-126

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Publications

Görmar, Franziska / Harfst, Jörn (Verfasser/-in) / Simic, Danko (Verfasser/-in) / Wust, Andreas (Verfasser/-in)
(2019)
The transformative power of industrial culture : from concepts to actions. -
Graz, Institut für Geographie und Raumforschung der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz. 78 Seiten (Grazer Schriften der Geographie und Raumforschung ; 49)
Steinbach-Hüther, Ninja / Hänsgen, Dirk (Verfasser/-in) / Efer, Thomas (Verfasser/-in) / Wardenga, Ute (Verfasser/-in)
(2019)
Geographiegeschichtsschreibung und Digital Humanities : neue Methoden für Zeitschriftenanalysen. -
Leipzig, Universitätsverlag Leipzig. 30 Seiten (Working paper series des SFB 1199 an der Universität Leipzig ; 15)
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