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Prof. Dr. Julia Verne

 

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Biography

Research

Publications

Teaching

Selected Presentations and Workshops

 

Biography

Julia Verne joined the Development Geography section at GIUB in November 2015. After completing her B.A. in Development Geography at the University of Bayreuth and receiving her M.A. in Cultural Geography (research) from Royal Holloway, University of London, from 2006-2010 she was a research assistant for the chair of Social Geography at the University of Bayreuth. This is also where she completed her PhD in 2010 with a study on “Living Translocality: Space, Culture and Economy in Contemporary Swahili Trade” (2012, Franz Steiner Verlag). From 2010-2011 she worked as a post-doc research scholar at the cross-over of Geography, History and Area Studies in the History Department at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). From 2011-2015 she was part of the Economic Geography and Globalisation research group at Goethe University Frankfurt.

Since 11/2015: Professor (W2) for Development Geography and Environmental Risk at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University Bonn, Germany

 

02-03/2014: Visiting Scholar at the Indian Ocean Studies Group at University of Technology Sydney Austrialia

 

12/2013: Visiting Scholar at the Geography Institute of the Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman

 

11/2011-10/2015: Research Scholar/Assistant Professor at the Institute for Human Geography at the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

 

11/2010-10/2011: Post-Doc Research Scholar at the Department of History, University of California Los Angeles, United States

 

01/2006-10/2010: Research Assistant/Lecturer at the chair of Social Geography at the University of  Bayreuth, Germany

 

09/2004-11/2005:  MA Cultural Geography (research) at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

 

10/2001-08/2004: BA Development Geography and African Studies at the University of Bayreuth, Germany

 

born 1981 in Hamburg

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Research

I am interested in current theoretical and methodological debates at the intersection of development geography, cultural and economic geography, particularly those relating to questions of mobility, translocality, virtuality, relationality as well as related concepts and experiences of space. In line with recent attempts to overcome longstanding binaries that have dominated human geographic thought, I enjoy exploring the complex relations and enmeshings of culture and economy, land and sea, Global North and Global South. Recently, I’m especially interested in the ways in which technologies alter and mediate the relation between humans and nature. In this respect, I have become increasingly involved in researching the implications of mobile communication technologies in Africa, i.e. the role that Information and communication technologies play in dealing with (environmental) risks, as well as their application in early-warning-systems and disaster response.

Methodologically, I generally follow an ethnographic approach, often including long-term participant observation. Moreover, my interest in digitization and virtuality has led me to engage with the dynamic field of digital methods and, more generally, the “digital humanities”.

My regional focus currently lies in East Africa (Zanzibar, Tanzania, Kenya and Comoros) and in the Arabian Peninsula (United Arab Emirates and Oman) as well as the Western Indian Ocean.

More detailed information about current research can be found here.

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Publications

 

Monographs

Verne, J. (2012): Living Translocality: Space, Culture and Economy in Contemporary Swahili Trade, Franz Steiner Verlag (Erdkundliches Wissen): Stuttgart.

 

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

Verne, J. (2017) The neglected gift of Ratzel: thoughts on mobilities, materialities and relational spaces, Geographica Helvetica 72, 85-92.

Schurr, C. & Verne, J. (2017) Wissenschaft und Technologie im Zentrum der Geographischen Entwicklungsforschung. Science and Technology Studies meets development geographies, Geographische Zeitschrift

Verne, J. (2016) Re-enlivening the Indian Ocean through contemporary trade: East African traders searching for new markets in Jakarta, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, online early view.

Korf, B. & Verne, J. (2016) Geographie als Geisteswissenschaft – Geographie in den Geisteswissenschaften, Geographica Helvetica 71, 365-386.

Verne, J. und Doevenspeck, M. (2014) Von Pappkameraden, diffusen Bedenken und einer alten Debatte: Gedanken zur Bedeutung von regionaler Spezialisierung und Area Studies in der Geographie, in: Geographische Zeitschrift 1, 7-24.

Verne, J. (2012) Ethnographie und ihre Folgen für die Kulturgeographie: eine Kritik des Netzwerkkonzepts in Studien zu translokaler Mobilität, in: Geographica Helvetica 67, 185-194.

Verne, J. (2012): “Le terrain, c’est moi?” Reflections on the emergence of the field in translocal network research, in: Les Annales de Geographie 687-688, 561-582.

Pfaff, J. (2010): Mobile Phone Geographies, in: Geography Compass 4, 10, 1433-1447.

Pfaff, J. (2010): A mobile phone: mobility, materiality and everyday Swahili trading practices. In: cultural geographies 17, 3, 341-357.

 

Articles in academic journals and textbooks

Verne, J. (2014) Translokalität als sedimentierte Praxis: Getrieben von der Geschichte des Indischen Ozeans, in: Geographische Rundschau 11, 24-31.

Verne, J. (2014) Neue Netze, neue Räume? Mobiltelefonie in Afrika, in: Geographische Rundschau 6, 42-47.

Verne, J. und Müller-Mahn, D. (2013) Entwicklung, in: Lossau, J., Freytag, T. und Lippuner, R. (Hrsg.) Schlüsselbegriffe der Kultur- und Sozialgeographie, Ulmer: Stuttgart, 94-107.

Verne, J. (2014): Virtual Mobilities, in: Cloke, P. et al.(Hrsg.) Introducing Human Geographies, 3rd Edition, Hodder Education: London, 821-833.

Müller-Mahn, D. und Verne, J. (2011) Post-Development: Geographische Entwicklungsforschung jenseits binärer Raumbilder, in: Gebhardt, H. et al. (Hrsg.) Geographie. Physische Geographie und Humangeographie, 2nd Edition, Spektrum: Heidelberg.

Müller-Mahn, D. und Verne, J. (2010) Geographische Entwicklungsforschung - alte Probleme, neue Perspektive, in: Geographische Rundschau 10, 4-11.

 

Contributions to edited volumes

Verne, J. (im Druck) Contemporary Geographies of Zanzibari Fashion: Indian Ocean Trade Journeys in the Run- Up to Ramadhan Festivities, in: Campbell, G., Machado, P. und Fee, S. (Hrsg.) Ocean of Cloth, Palgrave  Macmillan: New York.

Verne, J. (2016) The Mobile Phone – A Global Good? Modern Material Culture and Communication Technology in Africa, in: Hodos, T. (Hrsg.) Routledge Handbook of Archaeology and Globalization, Routledge: London, 157-170.

Verne, J. und Bramsiepe, E. (2013) Mobiltelefonie in Afrika: Revolution von Kommunikation und Bankwesen – ein Unterrichtsentwurf, in: Müller-Mahn, D. und Obermaier, G. (Hrsg.) Afrika (Bayreuther Kontaktstudium Geographie, Bd. 7), Verlag Naturwissenschaftl. Gesellschaft Bayreuth e.V., Bayreuth, 175-196.

Verne, J. und Müller-Mahn, D. (2013) “We are part of Zanzibar” – Translocal practices and imaginative geographies in contemporary Oman-Zanzibar relations, in: Wippel, S. (ed.) Regionalising Oman, Springer Science: Dordrecht, Netherlands, 75-89.

Verne, J. und Doevenspeck, M. (2012): Bitte da bleiben! Sedentarismus als Konstante in der Migrationsforschung, in: Steinbring, M. und Geiger, M. (Hrsg.) Migration und Entwicklung aus geographischer Perspektive, IMIS, Osnabrück, Heft 42, 61-94.

Verne, J. und Dorsch, H. (2011) “Othering your neighbour.” Eine kritische Perspektive auf kommunale Integrationspolitik, in: Popp, H. (Hrsg.); Migration und Integration in Deutschland (Bayreuther Kontaktstudium Geographie, Bd. 6), Verlag Naturwissenschaftl. Gesellschaft Bayreuth e.V., Bayreuth.

Pfaff, J. (2009): The Mobility of a Mobile Phone: Examining 'Swahiliness' through an Object's Biography. In: de Bruijn, M., Nyamjoh, F. and Brinkmann, I. (Hrsg.): Mobile phones in everyday Africa, Cameroon: ASC Leiden and Langaa Publishers, 134-150.

Pfaff, J. (2007): Finding one’s way through places – a contemporary trade journey of young Zanzibari traders, in: Klute, G. and Hahn, H. (eds.); Cultures of migration – African perspectives, LIT, Münster, 61-88.

Pfaff, J. (2006): Die Union der Komoren, in: Weiss, W. (Hrsg.); Lexikon arabischer Staaten, Palmyra, 133-142.

 

Teaching

Lectures/Seminars - Winter semester 2018/19  


MSc Geography of Environmental Risk and Human Security

 

UNU-EHS_image Julia Verne is head of the Joint Academic Board which governs the Joint Master's programme "MSc Geography of Environmental Geography and Human Security" taught by GIUB and the United Nations University. She actively contributes to the teaching.
 
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For more information and for application details, visit the UNU-EHS website
 

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Selected Presentations and Workshops

 

  • “Relevanz, Prioritäten, Irritationen”, Beitrag zur Podiumsdiskussion der Tagung zur Neuen Kulturgeographie 14, Bayreuth, 26.01.2017
  • The neglected ‘gift’ of Ratzel for/from the Indian Ocean: thoughts on mobilities, materialities and relational spaces", Tagung zu Cross-currents of International Thought: New Developments in the Geography of Knowledge, Bayreuth, 17.-19.11.2016

  • “Die Wiederbelebung des Indischen Ozeans. Translokale Handelsbeziehungen zwischen Afrika und Asien”, Fränkische Geographische Gesellschaft, Erlangen, 14.11.2016

  • “Kritische Entwicklungsgeographie, ja, aber welche Kritik?”, Podiumsbeitrag im Rahmen der der Sommerschule Geographische Entwicklungsforschung, Bonn, 07.10.2016  

  • “Develoment 2.0? Science & Technology in/for Development. A critical engagement with ICT4D”, Workshop im Rahmen der Sommerschule Geographische Entwicklungsforschung, Bonn, 04.10.2016  “Mobility, Translocality & Relational Conceptions of Space”, Beitrag zur International Summer School on The Indian Ocean World and Eurasian Connections (gefördert durch die VW-Stiftung), Halle, 25.-30.07.2016

  • “Zukunft in der Afrikaforschung/Die Zukunft der Afrikaforschung”, Podiumsdiskussion im Rahmen des Workshop “Future Africa und Africa Future-Making”, 02.-03.06.2016

  •  “Smart development? Neue Technologien/Geographien der Entwicklung”, MIttwochs im GIUB, Bonn 07.2016

  • “Sharks and the Aporias of Development in the Indian Ocean, Zurich Development Lecture, Zürich, 03.05.2016

  • “Geteilte Forschung. Epistemologische Herausforderungen gemeinsamen Forschens in transregionalen Zusammenhängen” Einleitung und Ausrichtung der gemeinsam mit Dr. Jan Beek organisierten Tagung zu Geteilter Forschung, Frankfurt, 03.-05.12. 2015

  • “’Going native’ and its limits. The ambivalent emotional geographies of/in field diaries”, Workshop for PhD candidates in Geography on “Fieldnotes”, Universität Fribourg, Schweiz, 27.11.2015

  • “Imagining an Afrasian island: The Indian Ocean as an anchor to reunite La Reunion”; African-Asian encounters (II), Kapstadt, 24.-26.03.2015

  • “Of circulation project proposals and travelling petri dishes. Reflections on postcolonial geographies of Science and Technology”; Politische Geographien von Entwicklung, Risiko und Versicherheitlichung, Bonn, gemeinsam mit Carolin Schurr, RWTH Zürich, 30.09.2014

  • “Geography meets Anthropology: Culture and Space, Past and Present” Annual Conference of the RGS-IBG, London, 27.08.2014

  • “Der Indische Ozean als Inspiration in Literatur und Wissenschaft”, Tagung der Vereinigung der Deutschen Afrikawissenschaften, Bayreuth, 12.06.2014

  • “Swahili Studies and the Translocalisation of Areas”, New Dynamics in Swahili Studies, Bayreuth, 11.06.2014

  • “ Where does the Indian Ocean end? Tracing coastlines in the Tanzanian hinterland”, Bridging Histories between East and Central Africa, Bayreuth, 07.06.2013

  • “Mobiltelefonie in Afrika: Revolution von Kommunikation und Bankwesen?”, Kontaktstudium Geographie, Bayreuth, gemeinsam mit Elisabeth Bramsiepe, 05.07.2012

  • “Regionalising paradigms: Culture and Space in Constructions of the Indian Ocean”, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York, 26.02.2012

  • “Paradigmen regionalisieren: Kultur und Raum in Konstruktionen des Indischen Ozeans”, Vortragsreihe des Centre for Area Studies (CAS), Leipzig, 01.02.2012

  •  “Translokalität als gelebte Erfahrung”, Geographisches Kolloquium an der RWTH Aachen, Aachen, 24.01.2012

  • Trade beyond networks? Swahili traders searching for new markets in South East Asia”; Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Seattle, 14.04.2011

  • “Interpretationen gelebter Translokalität: eine ethnographische Auseinandersetzung mit dem klassischen Netzwerkbegriff”; Neue Kulturgeographie VIII, Erlangen, 28.01.2011 "Othering your neighbour." Eine kritische Perspektive auf kommunale Integrationspolitik; 6. Kontaktstudiumstagung des Geographischen Instituts der Universiät Bayreuth zu Migration und Integration in Deutschland, Bayreuth, 30.09.2010 (gemeinsam mit Dr. Hauke Dorsch, Universität Mainz)

 

 

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