About us

This is the page of the working group “History of Geography” within the “German Society of Geography” (DGfG). The website provides information about the current work within the working group. The aim is to bring historically interested geographers and geographically interested colleagues from historical disciplines together. We consider this page as a forum for the history of geography as well as for historical geography, but also for research questions that investigate spatial orders and settings, processes and practices, perceptions and discourses in the past or their effects on the present. As a result of the spatial and cultural turn in the fields of history and humanities, the interest in historical questions, approaches and methods in German-speaking human geography has recently gained further importance. The page „Historical Geographies“ wants to take this process into account and therefore considers itself as a forum for exchange of information for new spatio-temporal issues in social geography and modern cultural geography, but also for classical, historical-geographical topics.

If you are interested in participating, contact us.

Spokesperson of the Working Group History of Geography within the German Society of Geography:

  • Dr. Norman Henniges, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2, A-1010 Vienna
  • Tobit Nauheim, Geographisches Institut der Universität Bonn, Meckenheimer Allee 166, D-53115 Bonn
  • Dr. Patrick Reitinger, Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde, Schongauerstraße 9, D-04328 Leipzig


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