Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftsgeographie und Tourismusforschung
Eingang VI der Technischen Universität
Tel.: +49 (0) 89 / 289 - 25381
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 289 - 22877
Do 16-18 Uhr
The readings for this Vorlesung are:
Klagge, B. (2009): Finanzmärkte, Unternehmensfinanzierung und die aktuelle Finanzkrise. in Zeitschriftz für Wirtschaftsgeographie 53/1-2, 1-13.
Wong, T.C., (2003): The Changing Role of teh Central Business District in teh Digital Era: The Future of Singapore's New Financial District. in Land Use Policy 21(1): 33-44.
GLOBAL PRODUCTION NETWORKS: SIEMENS AND GENERAL ELECTRIC
Hauptseminar WS 2012-13
OUTLINE -- This seminar uses the lens of Global Production Networks to investigate the competitor electrical machinery enterprises Siemens AG and General Electric. Both companies are long established and highly successful, and an enormous literature has developed around each company in business management and the history of science and technology. The firms are direct and indirect competitors around the globe in diverse product markets. As electrical machinery manufacturers they have each developed their business through extensive links with other enterprises and through contracts with various city and national governments and with state owned enterprises. This makes them ideal candidates for consideration as Global Production Networks. How have Siemens and GE developed their networks, under what conditions and with what geographic outcomes?
First Meeting: Wednesday 18.07.2012 12.00-13.30 in TU 1345.
Regular Meetings: weekly during WS, Monday 12.00-14.00, TU 1345.
COURSEWORK AND CREDIT -- A presentation (around 20 minutes) is expected during class time. We will discuss possible topics at the first session, which will be scheduled for the end of July. Students must attend classes. A sign-in sheet will be circulated at each session. Reading around 20 pages per week is expected. Required readings will be circulated in advance. An essay of around 5000 words is expected. An essay question will be circulated and then discussed in class. The essay will be due in mid February 2013. The language of instruction is English.
BRITISH COLUMBIA AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST: SUSTAINABILITY IN RESOURCE ECONOMIES
Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle
Grosseexkursion WS 2012-13
OUTLINE -- Together, British Columbia in Canada, and Washington State and Oregon in the USA make up a vast, resource-rich, trans-border region famous for its salmon, forest products and mines. Now with its forest and fishery resources in decline, many of the regions communities are marked by high levels of unemployment and by bitter struggles over the environment. At the same time, Vancouver and Seattle offer urban chic, ski resorts, world-class universities and new immigrant communities. They are well-known as the original homes of Greenpeace, Starbucks, Boeing and Kurt Cobain. So how are sustainable cities, the transition to a green economy, and sustainable development being conceived of in these resource-based economies and metropolitan centers?
THEMES -- Forest management, fisheries management, urban environmental management, sustainable consumption practices,
resource communities, renewable energy, sustainable tourism,
cultural industries, alternative economic organization, Greenpeace.
First Meeting Tuesday 17.07.2012, TU 1345 at 17.00.
Regular Meetings weekly during the WS on Mondays 12.00-14.00.
Field Course March 11-22 2013. Note that the field component of this course is scheduled for late North American winter, so be warned: you will need to be prepared for the cold and damp. The monthly average daytime high temperature in Vancouver is 6 degrees Celsius, and there is a 50% chance of rain. The field course will begin and end in Vancouver, and will include road trips to Vancouver Island and to Seattle.
Languages of Instruction English and German
Expenses 650 Euros. This covers accommodation, transport, breakfasts and entry fees. Please note that students are responsible for flights (between 800 and 1000 Euros Munich-Vancouver return) and most meals other than breakfast.
PROFILE Born in New Zealand, I gained my PhD from the University of Toronto and worked at the University of Auckland before moving to the LMU-Munich. I am currently an LMU Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center, LMU-Munich, an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Environment, The University of Auckland, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Historical Geography. In addition, I am a member of an LMU working group on globalisation and the arts.
RESEARCH INTERESTS I am an economic geographer with research interests in the experience of industrialisation, urbanisation, environmental transformation, globalisation and imperialism. Within this broad sweep of interests my research is focused on the following themes:
Manufacturing Networks Later this year, my research into the dynamics of manufacturing networks within one North American industry will be published as a book, The American Reaper: Harvesting Networks and Technology. This research highlights transnational webs of enterprise within nineteenth century manufacturing, and has focused on the implications of networking within an industry characterised by dispersed production locations, technical constraints on the scale of production, and the use of licensing, subcontracting and strategic alliances.
News Geographies My recent research is on the geographical imaginaries and narratives used in the news. The central focus of this research is on the ways distant catastrophic earthquakes have been reported in North American newspapers. In addition I have been researching and publishing on the geographic work done in coverage of financial crises and assassinations. Research in the Reuters archives led to a publication addressing Londons status as a global city in the late nineteenth century. I plan to extend my research into news geographies with attention to news coverage of the arts, and, particularly, the ways in which creative industries and new spaces of exhibition are mediated.
Trading Environments I envisage a new research focus on the relations between commodity markets and environments. As solutions to chronic environmental problems are sought by some in the formation of markets organized along neoliberal lines, it is timely to investigate the dynamics of commodity markets and their effects on environments, the environmental implications of trade, and the effects of cultures of markets for commodities. In 2012 I plan a workshop in conjunction with the Rachel Carson Center, LMU-Munich to investigate these themes.
Winder, G.M., Mediating Foreign Disaster Experience for Angelinos: The Los Angeles Times, International Relief and Pacific Rim Earthquakes. Invited chapter in A. Janku and G. Schenk (eds.), Historical Disaster Experiences: Politics, Science and Religion Oxford: Routledge (forthcoming 2011).
Winder, G.M., and Rees, E., Fish and Boats: Fisheries Management Issues in Northland. New Zealand Geographer 66(2) 2010: 152-168.
Winder, G.M., Imagining Geography and Citizenship in the Networked Newspaper: La Nacion Reports the Assassination at Sarajevo, 1914. Historical Social Research/Historische Sozialforschung, special issue: Global Communication: Telecommunication and Global Flows of Information in the Late 19th and Early Twentieth Century, 35(1) (2010): 140-166.
Winder, G.M., Londons Global Reach? Reuters News and Network 1865, 1881, and 1914. Journal of World History 21(2) (2010): 271-296.
Winder, G.M., Grassland Revolutions: Disaggregating a National Story. New Zealand Geographer 65 (2009): 187-200.
Winder, G.M., A Trans-national Machine on the World Stage: Representing McCormicks Reaper Through World Fairs, 1851-1902. Journal of Historical Geography 33 (2007): 352-376.
Winder, G.M., Webs of Enterprise 1850-1914: Applying a Broad Definition of FDI, Annals of the Association of American Geographers 96 (4) (2006): 788-806.
Winder, G.M., Building Trust and Managing Business over Distance: A Geography of Reaper Manufacturer D.S. Morgans Correspondence, 1867. Economic Geography 77(2) April (2001): 95-121.
GW June 2011.