Talk by Nadine Marquardt

Title: "Poverty and punishment. A critical perspective on the relationship between indebtedness and imprisonment".

31.01.2019, 15:30 - 17:00,

HS 103, Universitätsplatz 1 (Faculty of Theology). 

Theories and debates in geography

“Who makes city? Participation and expertise as (alleged) opposites of urban politics.”

Dr. Anne Vogelpohl (Hamburg)

Anne Vogelpohl is a renowned urban geographer and sociologist. She deals with the flexibilization of work and everyday life, housing and urban policy, neighborhood development and the theories of Henri Lefebvre. In her talk, she reports from a recently completed DFG research project in which she examined the role of private business consulting in urban policy-making.

  • Wed. 14.11. 2018, 18:00 – 20:00
  • Lecturehall 436

Further lectures in the context of this series of events:

11.21. Prof. Dr. Samuel Mössner (Münster): "Green City? Urban sustainability transformations from the perspective of the region "

 28.11. Dr. Felix Silomon-Pflug (Frankfurt am Main)

All interested are warmly invited!


The new Silk Road - from the Stations of the Cross of cultures to the Eurasian Exchange Corridor

The Silk Road connects in a symbolic way Europe and Asia. After a long period of Cold War, exchange has become possible again for nearly three decades in the name of globalization which ties in with ancient Chinese traditions and opens up to contemporary ideas of modernization. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hermann Kreutzmann (Free University of Berlin) illuminates in his lecture, organized by Geocompass Salzburg, from a historical and geographical perspective the effects of the Silk Road as well current and future development potentials.
Find here more information to the lecture.

08.05.2018, 19:30-21:30
                                           Oval/Europark, Europastraße 1, 5020 Salzburg

Announcement: Scientific Talks by Geographers of the University of Salzburg at the British Conference for Geographers

At the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference, from Tuesday 28.August to Friday 31.August.2018 in Cardiff with the theme "Geographical landscapes/changing landscapes of geography", Geographers of the Paris-Lodron-University Salzburg will give scientifc lectures.


"Conceptualizing and decoding short-term rentals in times of digital capitalism"

Thursday, 30.08.2018, Session 4 (16:50 - 18:30)

Angela Hof and Christian Smigiel form the chair and the discussion leader of Session 4. 

"Understanding the uneven landscapes of smart cities"

Friday, 31.08.2018, Session 3 (14:40 - 16:20)

Christian Smigiel participates as a scientific lecturer at the conference to the Topic "Deconstructing urban political strategies: a multiscalar perspective on smart cities in Austria and Italy". The lecture examines how smart city strategies are institutionalized, combined with and embedded at different spatial scales by using the Austrian and Italian case as a point of view.

Announcement: UNIGIS Winter School

Salzburg, 15.-24. February 2018

This course addresses students and early career researchers, who are interested in spatially explicit simulation of natural and/or social systems by the means of agent-based modelling. Individuals from domains such as Geoinformatics, Geography, Ecology, Social Science, Spatial Planning, or Forestry are welcome. Interest in computational methods is a prerequisite, but no prior knowledge in modelling or programming is needed.

For further information please click here.

Announcement: Rethinking Social Capital

Elisabeth Kapferer, Isabell Gstach, Andreas Koch, Clemens Sedmak (eds.) (2017): Rethinking Social Capital. Global Contributions from Theory and Practice. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge.

You can find the blurb here.

Announcement: New book by Prof. Dr. Andreas Koch and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rauh

Andreas Koch, Jürgen Rauh (eds.) (2017): Informationsgesellschaft zwischen Vernetzung und Exklusion. In: Geographie der Kommunikation, Band 12. LIT Verlag, Berlin, Münscher, Wien, Zürich, London

Information society between networking and exclusion.
You can find the blurb here.


How do short term rental agreements (e. g. Airbnb) influence our cities?

Ass.-Prof. Dr. Angla Hof and Ass.-Prof. Christian Smigiel organized a workshop on "Airbnbfication". On 24 and 25 November 2017 13 lecturers from  universities from eight European countries discussed the tight interlinking between increasing pressure on housing markets and - in the meantime - established online platforms like Airbnb.

A brief summary on the workshop can be downloaded here.

Scientific talks by Geographers of the Univerisity Salzburg at German Congress on Geography

At the German Congress on Geography, from 30.9.2017 to 5.10.2017 in Tübingen/Germany, Geographers of the Paris-Lodron-University Salzburg will give scientifc lectures.

Austrian Housing Policy in the Context of "Responsibilisierung"
30.09.2017, 15:30-17:00
Room NA-010
Karolin Kautschmann, Christian Smigiel, Andreas Van-Hametner
The city of Salzburg gives an example how alterations concernig the institutional and political framework of Austrain housing policy during the last  years abet "Responsibilisierung".

A Boom in Planning? About Ambiguity and Multiscalarity of Smart Cities
01.10.2017, 10;15-11:45
Room NA-008
Christian Smigiel
Meanwhile Smart Cities serve as guiding principles for many European cities. The lecture examines this development critically and discusses empirically the strategic-planning value of smart cities in Austria and Italy.

Call for Papers: Reshaping European cities?

Exploring policies, practices and everyday realities concerning ‛Airbnbification’

Workshop, November 24-25, 2017: University of Salzburg, Austria

Organizers: Angela Hof and Christian Smigiel, Department of Geography and Geology

Digital platforms for urban tourism have not only given much more visibility to urban tourism itself but are also fueling its impact on urban policies, neighbourhoods and everyday lives. Housing rentals, for example through Airbnb, change the relationship between tourists and locals, guests and hosts and add a new dimension to the commodification of residential housing, leading to unanticipated and rapid transformations of entire neighborhoods. It is timely to recognize that urban tourism is useful as a lens to explore broader processes of urban change. In the recent debate, symptoms like increasing housing prices, an increasing focus on the exchange value for an increasing percentage of housing stock driven by digital platforms for short-term rentals are receiving much attention. However, we are convinced that it is time to move beyond the phenomenon of housing rentals and the buzzword sharing economy and to address the combination of urban politics, urban tourism and everyday (urban) realities that are reshaping and reshaped by this specific aspect of urban tourism. The digital platform is the interface between agents that barter for residential accommodation that has previously not been traded as a tourist commodity. These aspects have received relatively little systematic attention and analysis. We are missing comparative perspectives (e.g. cross-city comparison), in-depth studies on Airbnb and gentrification, displacement, and agency across social groups that engage and are affected by increasing Airbnb rental activities.


  • Cities, urban politics and housing rentals / Airbnb
  • Gentrification, neighbourhood change and housing rentals / Airbnb
  • Everyday urban realities – between commodification, micro-entrepreneurship and resistance


Please send a short abstract of no more than 200 words and an abstract of 500 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than June 30th, 2017. We envisage a workshop fee of €20.


Keynote speakers:

  • Johannes Novy (Cardiff University/Spatial Planning)
  • Felix Holzmannhofer (City of Salzburg/Department for building regulation)
  • Jonas Parnow (Information designer and data visualist, Berlin)

To see the workshop's timetable, please click here. Please notice as well the call for papers.

Project Wissensstadt Salzburg

The working group socialgeography is actively involved in the project of Wissensstadt Salzburg. In cooperation with the street magazine Apropos and the Centre for Ethnik and Poverty Research (ZEA) we are preparing a lecture on social integration of street newspaper vendors. We base our talk on research results of students of geography of the University of Salzburg.

The lecture will take place on Friday 5th of May, 13:00, at Mirabell Palace. After a lecture there will be the possibility to take  a workshop by Apropos. Interested persons can take on the role of a stree newspaper vendor.

Book presentation "Ethical Issues in Poverty Alleviation" by Prof. Dr. Christian Neuhäuser

The ZEA (Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research) invites to a public lecture within the framework of the book presentation of the volume "Ethical Issues in Poverty Alleviation". Prof. Dr. Christian Neuhäuser (TU Dortmund) talks about persisting poverty and the limits of the welfare state. If you click here you will be forwarded to the event's poster.

05.04.2017, 15:00-17:00
Zentrum für Ethik und Armutsforschung (Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research)
Edith-Stein-Haus, Mönchsberg 2a
5020 Salzburg

Please send your application to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2017 Salzburg Conference in Interdisciplinary Poverty Research Foucs Theme: Religion and Poverty

University of Salzburg, 21 & 22 September 2017
Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2017
The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research of the University of Salzburg happily announces the call for papers for its 2017 Salzburg Conference in Interdisciplinary Poverty Research. The focus theme of the conference will be religion and poverty.
The Keynote Speakers in 2017 will be Paul Cloke, Professor of Human Geography at the University of Exeter, Adam Dinham, Professor of Faith & Public Policy and Director of the Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London, and Emma Tomalin, Professor of Religion and Public Life at the University of Leeds, where she is director of the Centre for Religion and Public Life.
The Organizing Committee invites submissions of proposals for single papers and thematic panels in all areas of poverty research but special attention will be given to those concerned with the 2017 focus theme of religion and poverty.




German Congress on Geography

This year’s German Congress on Geography takes in place from 30.9.2017 to 5.10.2017 in Tübingen. Also this year scientist from the Department of Geography and Geology of the Paris-Lodron-University Salzburg participate in expert meetings. Prof Dr. Andreas Koch, head of the working group Socialgeography, and PD Dr. Tilman Schenk will head an expert meeting on modeling and simulation of geographical phenomena. You can find the complete program of expert meetings to the guiding line of “Methods and Concepts of Geography” here.
The German Society for Geography and the local committee of Tübingen ask all geographers to shape the congress’s framework program. You can find the official Call for Papers here.

Science Award of the Arbeiterkammer Salzburg

We congratulate the winners of the Science Award of Arbeiterkammer Salzburg. We proudly present two Geography students of the Paris-Lodron-University Salzburg who won an award.

Alisa Kaps, MA Geography:
Refugees welcome - und dann? Perspektiven der Arbeitsmarktintegration von Geflüchteten am Beispiel der Salzburger Tourismusbranche (Adviser: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Zeller)

Mag. Martin Gstöttinger, Teacher of German and Geograpy:
Lebensmittelverschwendung - Mülltauchen und weitere gegensteuernde Aktivitäten und Initiativen in der Stadt Salzburg (Adviser: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Koch)
For more information, please click here and here.

Materiality, Symbolism and daily routine of the Sofian Gated Communities

(Raumproduktionen: Theorien und gesellschaftliche Praxis, Volume 24)

At the end of the 1990s little-known, Gated Communities meanwhile have become part of the visual appearance of cities in Eastern Europe. How did this development come about? Which political, economic and social parameters contributed to this kind of building boom? Which social power relations are responsible for the observed development? And who are the inhabitants? Why do people decide to live in Gated Communitis and what is their daily life about? Christian Smigiel analyses these questions using the example of the Bulgarian capital Sofia by availing different approaches of critical urbanism. Hereto he examines Bulgarian transformation processes as well as the arrival and the impact of neoliberal urban policy. Furthermore he analyses the backgrounds of the financialisation of living space by taking the example of Gated Communities and exposes strategic arrangements between (inter-)national real estate industry and public purse. Besides Christian Smigiel sketches conflicts, lifestyle and social conception of the inhabitants of Bulgarian Gated Communities. 

Smigiel, C. (2016): Raumproduktion im südöstlichen Europa. Materialität, Symbolik und Alltag Sofioter Gated Communities. Münster, Westfälisches Dampfboot

Energy and social Injustice

The anthology presents the current status of energy poverty, energy policy and social injustice and analyses basic coherences and determinants between Germany and Europe. Since years, and not only in the course of energy transition, energy prices of private households in Germany have rised. This development concernes different social groups in different ways, what on the other hand is varyingly strong absorbed by the welfare state. But it is thanks to the persistent debate on rising electricity prices in the course of energy transition in Germany that  topics such as energy poverty and cost burden arouse the public's interest. At the same time it becomes clear that until recently scientific study of interdependencies between energy systems and social injustice in Germany had been a underexposed research area with just a little pioneering work. The aim of the anthology is to present the scientific work of the last years and their findings.

Großmann K., Schaffrin A. & Smigiel C. (Eds.) (2016): Energie und soziale Ungleichheit. Zur gesellschaftlichen Dimension der Energiewende in Deutschland und Europa. Wiesbaden, Springer.




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