Social and Cultural Geography

Heidi travels from Fribourg to Valencia in Spain to fulfill her dream of having a child with the help of a Spanish egg donor; Reto and Beat are delighted to have found a single mother of three children in Mexico who has agreed to carry their "dream child"; Fabienne has just decided to travel to Turkey for a surgical reconstruction of her hymen, as she wants to give her future husband the gift of her virginity on their wedding day; and Urs' elderly mother is cared for by a loving Romanian woman who commutes between her family in Romania and the Bernese Oberland every month.

You, your family, and friends are having similar experiences in times of shrinking distances: global processes and our intimate life worlds are increasingly intertwined. Welcome to our research group "Social and Cultural Geography." We explore feminist geographies of the Global Intimate and investigate how the intimate and the global are woven together in our everyday, mundane, and affective lives.


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