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New Political Geographies of Large-Scale Economic Infrastructures"

Dr. Jana Hönke/ Centre for International Relations Research

Traditional conceptions of state and territoriality no longer capture newly emerging political topographies. As economic activity so does politics take place in and through multiple sites and connections. Approaching the political geographies that emerge around transnational economic activity through conceptual lenses of absence and failure has proven limiting and misleading. This project suggests, instead, that it is the very areas associated with absence and failure that reveal newly emerging configurations of political ordering.

Sites and technologies of transnational economic activity provide particularly insightful starting points to explore such political geographies. Examining global infrastructures of production, transport and distribution, and practices of securing such activities and their spatial manifestations, brings to light emerging spatialities of power and politics that are crucial for understanding the future of world politics.


Soundtoll Registers Online

Dr. Jan Willem Veluwenkamp & Dr. Anjana Singh / Centre for Historical Studies

In close co-operation with Tresoar, the Frisian Historical and Literary Centre, Leeuwarden, an electronic database for the complete Sound Toll Registers is being realised. This dataset is a valuable source for economic and social historians. The toll entries can be used to trace changes in consumption patterns and economic development, for instance, but it could also shed light on the composition and structure of sailer communities.


‘Cultural Narratives of Crisis & Renewal’

Prof. dr. Pablo Valdivia (president steering committee) / Centre for Arts in Society

This European Commission H2020 Marie Curie RISE Excellent Science project addresses the scarcity of scientific research on cultural narratives elaborated around conjunctures of crisis and renewal with a particular focus on the period marked by what has been termed the ‘neoliberal turn’: from its violent implementation in Latin America in the 1970s, to its questioning at our current historical conjuncture, in the continuing aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. This is a collaboration project between several international universities.


‘Entrepreneurship at Work: Analysing Practice, Labour and Creativity in Journalism’

Dr. Tamara Wischge / Centre for Media and Journalism Studies

How does entrepreneurship impact journalistic work and how does it affect their task to inform Dutch citizens? Witschge’s VIDI project combines traditional and theoretical methods with a form of practical research. These include interviews, ethnographic approaches and action research.


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