Urban geopolitics

Spring Semester
Course Code: 
Elective Course
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Course Format: 
Design - Theory

Geopolitics have primarily been associated with theories and practices concerning international relations, wars and conflicts, focusing mostly on state sovereignty. Yet in the past two decades, new critical approaches to geopolitics have emerged; approaches focusing on the inter-relations of power, place and knowledge both on the scale of the state but also on other geographies beyond it.

Through theories and analyses of critical geopolitics, the course focuses on the multi-dimensional manifestations of geopolitical influences and relations in cities and urban spaces and aims to analyse the interrelations of power, everyday practices and representations in multiple spatial scales.

Course topics

From classical to critical geopolitics

Historical dimensions of the relationship of cities with war

Counter-insurgency: Population as operational field

Critical approaches to securitization

Geopolitical dimensions of migration

Humanitarianism and Cities

Geopolitics and political economy

Urban infrastructures as a geopolitical and military concern

Urban “vulnerability”, resilience and disaster management

Urban geopolitics in situ: Urban informality as geopolitical matter (case studies: Rio Brazil and Beirut Lebanon

Urban geopolitics in situ: Cultural heritage (case studies Sarajevo, Mostar, Belfast, Sur / Diyarbakir)


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