The edited collection
Spatial Practices: Territory, Border and Infrastructure in Africa presents research findings from the German Research Council’s Priority Programme 1448 “Adaptation and Change in Africa” (2011-2018). At the heart of the volume are important new spatial practices that have emerged after the end of the Cold War in the fields of conflict, climate change, migration and urban development, to name but a few, and their ordering effects with regard to social relations. These findings bear particular relevance for the co-production of territorialities and sovereignties, for borders and migrations, as well as infrastructures and orders. Contributors are: Sabine Baumgardt, Andrea Behrends, Marc Boeckler, Martin Doevenspeck, Ulf Engel, Claudia Gebauer, Karsten Giese, Katharina Heitz Tokpa, Shahadat Hossain, Anna Hüncke, Gabriel Klaeger, Kelly Si Miao Liang, Andreas Mehler, Felix Müller, Detlef Müller-Mahn, Wolfgang Scholz, Sophie Schramm, Jannik Schritt, Michael Stasik, Florian Weisser, Julia Willers, and Franzisca Zanker.
Ulf Engel is professor for “Politics in Africa” at the Institute of African Studies, University of Leipzig, visiting professor at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa, and professor extraordinary in the Department of Political Science, Stellenbosch.
Marc Boeckler is an economic geographer with a training in cultural studies as well as science and technology studies. He is professor of Economic Geography and head of the Department of Human Geography at Goethe University Frankfurt.
Detlef Müller-Mahn is professor of development geography at the University of Bonn and speaker of the collaborative research centre “Future Rural Africa: Future-making and social-ecological transformation”.
All those interested in how space as an analytical category applies to recent dynamics of ordering social relations in Africa, in particular regarding territories, borders and infrastructures.