PhD course The politics of Place: Spatial thinking in the social sciences

In this course, we critically engage with the spatial turn in social sciences and engage with three themes: our understanding of the local in relation to one of the key-concerns in development studies, the social organization of time and space in global capitalism, constructions of the rural in relation to the urban; and constructions of nature in relation to the emergence of a new political economy. The course “Spatial thinking in the social sciences” is intended for PhD students in the social, environmental, and political sciences. In this course, we will move between close reading of texts, workshops, and discussion. Students following this course will not only learn to think about place as an analytical category, but also learn to “work with place,” by applying various perspectives to concrete cases.

Joost Jongerden

In collaboration with
James Ferguson
Scott Prudham
Bahar Şimşek
Hannah Wittman

April 21, 24, 25, 26, 28, 2017
May 8, 9, 2017

The course organised by the Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS), Wageningen University. For more info and registration:


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