Research area: Historical geographies

The Research Area examines how international geography has evolved over the different phases of globalization in the past 200 years. With the results of our research, we attempt to narrate Regional Geographies under the current Global Condition in new and different ways. For transferring knowledge on regional geography, we also use formats that cater to the needs and habits of a digital society. At the moment, we are renewing the concept of the book series “Landschaften in Deutschland“ (Landscapes in Germany), which, along with its supplementary online materials, is one of our Institute’s most important products of knowledge transfer.

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How can we narrate Regional Geographies under the current Global Condition in new and different ways? This question guides the Research Area Historical Geographies. With methods of Global and Spatial History, we trace the evolution of international geography over the past 200 years. We look for transnational and intercontinental circulations of geographical knowledge and space-related concepts, compare the profiles and activities of geographical institutions, and analyse how geographical semantics of space affected, in times of globalization, the production of world views conveyed in texts, images, and maps.

Our research aims at developing a new concept of (regional) geography’s history. The latter is for us a combination of space-related practices deeply embedded in processes of globalization – the practices react to globalization and, on the other hand, drive it themselves.

In addition to historical studies on Regional Geography’s theory and methodology, our Research Area is renewing the concept of the book series “Landschaften in Deutschland“, one of our Institute’s most important products of knowledge transfer. We want to convey knowledge on regional geography, which results from interdisciplinary research, through new, digital formats that reach various audiences and can be used also in the context of civic involvement in fields such as village renewal or environmental protection.


Projects

Transformative Philanthropy in the Anthropocene. Theoretical and Empirical Investigations
Regional inventories
SpielRäume – Landscape as a Space of Discoveries and Experiences
Narrative, Aesthetic, and Cartographic Space around 1850
“Our Field is the World”: Geographical Societies 1821–1914 in International Comparison

Completed projects

Digital visualisation of regional geographical information
Robinson, van de Velde, and German Holy Land Cartography in the mid-19th Century

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