The work group of Social Geography at the Institute of Geography in Jena stands for a political and theory-based Social Geography and empirically focuses on contemporary issues of socio-political change. Following the tradition of Élisée Reclus, one of the founders of a géographie sociale, the central impulse of this Geography is the question of (transformative) justice from a geo-social and spatial perspective. The research interest of the work group lies in teaching and understanding firstly, the dynamization and stabilization of social geographies of society and community, secondly, issues and imaginations of future geographies and thirdly, on global, social and demographic changes on various scales. Conceptually, the work group links recent debates and approaches in Social Theory, Phenomenological Anthropology and Political Theory with geographical questions and problems. Further information on ongoing research projects is provided here.
The work group is involved in regular teaching activities within the Institute’s Bachelors’ and Masters’ programs (with its focus on "migration, demographic change and regional development"). Didactically, the work group intends to open a creative, critical, reflexive and constructivist dialogue with students while discussing and working on recent socio-political issues. We welcome thesis proposals from the entire broad realm of Human Geography at any time.