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hannah Prof. Dr. Matthew G. Hannah

Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences
Chair of Cultural Geography

Prof. Hannah has taught and conducted research for 20 years, first in the US (University of Vermont), then in the UK (Aberystwyth University), and, since September 2013, at the University of Bayreuth.  His interests range across historical geography, political geography, critical human-geographic theory, and include regional specializations in the USA and Germany.  Research projects carried out to date have revolved around two questions: (1) how geographically organised state knowledge (censuses, trade statistics, etc.) came to form a fundamental infrastructure for modern "arts of government", and, turning the first question around, (2) which sorts of spatial power relations have made possible (and what forms of resistance have hindered or altered) the development of such modern knowledge-infrastructures. 

These issues have been approached via a series of concrete empirical case studies: (1) a study of how the US Goverment attempted, during the 1870s, to re-shape spatial aspects of the lives of the Oglala Lakota ("Sioux"), in order to render them "governable" in a modern Western sense, and of how the Lakota circumvented and ultimately steered the process; (2) a broader study of the way the US census was developed into a modern tool of government in the late-19th century United States; (3) a study of controversies in 1980s West Germany surrounding the federal census. In all of these instances, the work of Michel Foucault has served as a fruitful source of questions and a touchstone of interpretation.

His most recent book, published in 2019, addresses the neglected concept of "direction" in socio-spatial theory, arguing that as the well-known "shrinkage of distance" continues to intensify, everyday practices in the Global North are coming to be structured ever more centrally by directional processes of turning from one thing to another. This shift has profound implications for the nature of socio-spatial order. His next major empirical study addresses his home town of Washington DC as a multi-scalar political "space of exception", in which the entire range of modern spatial power relations intertwine to form a complex material and symbolic place.


Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences
Chair of Cultural Geography



Rothfuß, Eberhard; Dickel, Mirka; Wardenga, Ute; Strohmayer, Ulf; Goeke, Pascal; Dirksmeier, Peter; Hannah, Matthew G.; Puente Lozano, Paloma; Korf, Benedikt
Rezension von: Korf, B.: Schwierigkeiten mit der kritischen Geographie : Studien zu einer reflexiven Theorie d ...
In: Geographica Helvetica Bd. 79 (2024) Heft 2. - S. 119-147
doi:10.5194/gh-79-119-2024 ...


Hannah, Matthew G.; Hutta, Jan Simon; Schemann, Christoph
Thinking through Covid-19 responses with Foucault : An initial overview
In: Antipode Online
05. Mai 2020
https://antipodeonline.org/2020/05/05/thinking-thr ...

Hannah, Matthew G.
Comments on Julie Cupples' analysis of a "geoscientisation"
In: New Zealand Geographer Bd. 76 (2020) Heft 1. - S. 18-20
doi:10.15495/EPub_UBT_00005038 ...

Hannah, Matthew G.; Mayer, Sylvia
Scale and Speculative Futures in Russell Hoban's Riddley Walker and Kim Stanley Robinson's 2312
Practices of Speculation : Modeling, Embodiment, Figuration
Bielefeld : transcript, 2020. - S. 191-208 . - (Culture & Theory; 202)
doi:10.14361/9783839447512-009 ...


Hannah, Matthew G.
Direction and socio-spatial theory : a political economy of oriented practice
London : Routledge, 2019. - xii, 217 S. . - (Routledge Research in Place, Space and Politics)


Die Amerikas - Brücken und Brüche
Hrsg.: Hannah, Matthew G.; Obermaier, Gabriele; Rothfuß, Eberhard
Bayreuth : Verlag Naturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Bayreuth e.V., 2017. - 189 S. . - (Bayreuther Kontaktstudium Geographie; 9)

Hannah, Matthew G.
Discussion: Commentary on Disciplinary Spaces : Spatial control, forced assimilation and narrat ...
Disciplinary spaces : spatial control, forced assimilation and narratives of progress since the 19th centuy
Bielefeld : transcript, 2017. - S. 287-296 . - (Sozial- und Kulturgeographie; 14)


Schmitt, Carl
Ex Captivitate Salus : Experiences 1945-47
Cambridge, UK : Polity Press, 2017. - 120 S.

Hannah, Matthew G.; Peck, Jamie; Friedman, Andrew
Rezension von: Friedman, Andrew: Covert Capital : Landscapes of Denial and the Making of U.S. Empire in the Su ...
In: Progress in Human Geography Bd. 41 (2017) Heft 2. - S. 263-272
doi:10.1177/0309132516631412 ...

Hannah, Matthew G.
The International Encyclopedia of Geography. Band 6
Oxford : Wiley Blackwell, 2017. - S. 3188-3194


Schlottmann, Antje; Hannah, Matthew G.
Fragen des Stils/Questions of style
In: ACME : An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies Bd. 15 (2016) Heft 1. - S. 81-103

Hannah, Matthew G.
Innovations in the afterlife of the Cold War : German-language human geography
In: Social & Cultural Geography Bd. 17 (2016) Heft 1. - S. 71-80
doi:10.1080/14649365.2015.1066841 ...

Hannah, Matthew G.
State knowledge and recurring patterns of state phobia : From fascism to post-politics
In: Progress in Human Geography Bd. 40 (2016) Heft 4. - S. 476-494
doi:10.1177/0309132515596875 ...


Hannah, Matthew G.
Aufmerksamkeit und geographische Praxis
In: Geographische Zeitschrift Bd. 103 (2015) Heft 3. - S. 131-150


Jones, Martin; Jones, Rhys; Woods, Michael; Whitehead, Mark; Dixon, Deborah; Hannah, Matthew G.
An introduction to political geography : Space, place and politics. 2nd ed.
London : Routledge, 2015. - 260 S.

Hutta, Jan Simon; Sosnowski, Sandra; Teufel, Nicolai; Hannah, Matthew G.; Cortiel, Jeanne; Hollstegge, Julian
Rezension von: Mezzadra, Sandro ; Neilson, Brett: Border as method, or, the multiplication of labor. Durham, 2 ...
In: Progress in Human Geography Bd. 39 (2015) Heft 4. - S. 536-538
doi:10.1177/0309132514535656 ...

Hannah, Matthew G.
On shifting preoccupations with ‘security’
In: Dialogues in Human Geography Bd. 5 (2015) Heft 3. - S. 280-283
doi:10.1177/2043820615607763 ...


Hannah, Matthew G.; Kramer, Caroline
Demographie und Bevölkerung
Schlüsselbegriffe der Kultur- und Sozialgeographie
Stuttgart : Ulmer, 2014. - S. 124-137 . - (UTB; 3898)

Hannah, Matthew G.
Spaces of benevolent abandonment : The German Air Security decision of 2006
In: Environment and Planning D : Society and Space Bd. 32 (2014) Heft 5. - S. 779-794
doi:10.1068/d13003p ...


Hannah, Matthew G.
Attention and the phenomenological politics of landscape
In: Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography Bd. 95 (2013) Heft 3. - S. 235-250
doi:10.1111/geob.12023 ...


Hannah, Matthew G.
Foucault’s ‘German moment’ : Genealogy of a disjuncture
In: Foucault Studies (2012) Heft 13. - S. 116-137
doi:10.22439/fs.v0i13.3460 ...

Hannah, Matthew G.
Ortsregister : ein Glossar zu Räumen der Gegenwart
Bielefeld : Transcript, 2012. - S. 199-205

Legg, Stephen; Ehrkamp, Patricia; Crampton, Jeremy W.; Belina, Bernd; Smith, Neil; Hannah, Matthew G.
Reading Matthew G. Hannah’s Dark Territory in the Information Age : Learning from the West Germ ...
In: Political Geography Bd. 31 (2012) Heft 3. - S. 184-193
doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2012.01.002 ...


Hannah, Matthew G.
Biopower, life and left politics
In: Antipode Bd. 43 (2011) Heft 4. - S. 1034-1055
doi:10.1111/j.1467-8330.2010.00840.x ...

Schmitt, Carl
Forms of modern imperialism in international law
Spatiality, Sovereignty and Carl Schmitt: Geographies of the Nomos
Abingdon : Routledge, 2011. - S. 29

Schmitt, Carl
Großraum versus universalism
Spatiality, Sovereignty and Carl Schmitt : Geographies of the Nomos
Abingdon : Routledge, 2011. - S. 46

Hannah, Matthew G.
Pastoral power
Spatiality, sovereignty and Carl Schmitt : Geographies of the Nomos
Abingdon : Routledge, 2011. - S. 227-233

Agnew, John; Hannah, Matthew G.; Sharp, Joanne; Hugill, Peter J.; Dowler, Lorraine; Kearns, Gerry
Reading Gerry Kearns’ Geopolitics and Empire : The Legacy of Halford Mackinder
In: Political Geography Bd. 30 (2011) Heft 1. - S. 49-58
doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2010.09.007 ...


Hannah, Matthew G.
Dark territory in the information age : learning from the West German census controversies of t ...
Farnham : Ashgate, 2010. - XVIII, 257 S.

Hannah, Matthew G.
Rezension von: Learning from the ‘war on terror’
In: Political Geography Bd. 29 (2010) Heft 2. - S. 119-122
doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2010.01.001 ...
Rezensiert: Ingram, Alan ; Dodds, Klaus (Hrsg.): Spaces of security and insecurity : Geographies of the War on Terror. Farnham: Ashgate, 2009

Hannah, Matthew G.
(Mis)adventures in Rumsfeld space
In: GeoJournal Bd. 75 (2010) Heft 4. - S. 397-406
doi:10.1007/s10708-008-9250-9 ...


Hannah, Matthew G.
Calculable territory and the West German census boycott movements of the 1980s
In: Political Geography Bd. 28 (2009) Heft 1. - S. 66-75
doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2008.12.001 ...


Hannah, Matthew G.
Mapping the under-scrutinized : The West German census boycott movement of 1987 and the dangers ...
Geospatial Technologies and Homeland Security
Dordrecht : Springer, 2008. - S. 301-314 . - (GeoJournal Library; 94)
https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2F97 ...

Hannah, Matthew G.
Spaces of exception and unexceptionability
War, citizenship, territory
New York : Routledge, 2008. - S. 57-73

Hannah, Matthew G.
Die umstrittene Konstruktion von Vertrauen und Misstrauen in der westdeutschen Volkszählungsboy ...
In: Social Geography Bd. 3 (2008) Heft 1. - S. 11-21


Hannah, Matthew G.
Formations of ‘Foucault’ in Anglo-American geography : an archaeological sketch
Space, knowledge and power : Foucault and geography
Aldershot : Ashgate, 2007. - S. 83-106


Hannah, Matthew G.
Torture and the ticking bomb : The war on terrorism as a geographical imagination of power/know ...
In: Annals of the Association of American Geographers Bd. 96 (2006) Heft 3. - S. 622-640
doi:10.1111/j.1467-8306.2006.00709.x ...


Hannah, Matthew G.
‘In full view yet invisible’ : on Neil Smith's American Empire
In: Political Geography Bd. 24 (2005) Heft 2. - S. 239-243

Hannah, Matthew G.
Politics in suspenso : Reading Antje Schlottmann’s RaumSprache from the ‘North American’Contain ...
In: ACME : An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies Bd. 4 (2005) Heft 2. - S. 240-248

Hannah, Matthew G.
Questioning Geography : Fundamental Debates
Malden, Mass. : Blackwell, 2005. - S. 151-166

Hannah, Matthew G.
Virility and Violation in the US “War on Terrorism”
A Companion to Feminist Geography
Malden, Mass. : Blackwell, 2005. - S. 550-564 . - (Blackwell Companions to Geography; 6)


Hannah, Matthew G.; Strohmayer, Ulf
Anatomy of debate in human geography
In: Political Geography Bd. 20 (2001) Heft 3. - S. 381-404

Hannah, Matthew G.
Sampling and the politics of representation in US Census 2000
In: Environment and Planning D : Society and Space Bd. 19 (2001) Heft 5. - S. 515-534
doi:10.1068/d289 ...


Hannah, Matthew G.
Governmentality and the mastery of territory in nineteenth-century America
Cambridge, UK : Cambridge Univ. Press, 2000. - XII, 245 S. . - (Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography; 32)

Hannah, Matthew G.
The moral imperative of late capitalism
Worldview flux : perplexed values among postmodern peoples
Lanham : Lexington Books, 2000. - S. 217-232


Hannah, Matthew G.
Skeptical realism : from either/or to both-and
In: Environment and Planning D : Society and Space Bd. 17 (1999) Heft 1. - S. 17-34
doi:10.1068/d170017 ...


Hannah, Matthew G.
Space and the structuring of disciplinary power : an interpretive review
In: Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography Bd. 79 (1997) Heft 3. - S. 171-180
doi:10.1111/j.0435-3684.1997.00016.x ...


Hannah, Matthew G.; Strohmayer, Ulf
The artifice of conviction, or, an internal geography of responsibility
In: Geographical Analysis Bd. 27 (1995) Heft 4. - S. 339-359
doi:10.1111/j.1538-4632.1995.tb00915.x ...


Strohmayer, Ulf; Hannah, Matthew G.
Finite specifity
Limits of representation
Munich : Accedo-Verl.-Ges., 1994. - S. 115-121 . - (Studies of Action and Organization; 5)


Hannah, Matthew G.
Foucault on theorizing specificity
In: Environment and Planning D : Society and Space Bd. 11 (1993) Heft 3. - S. 349-363

Hannah, Matthew G.; Strohmayer, Ulf
The obsolescence of labor : reference and finitude in Barnett and Sayer
In: Antipode Bd. 25 (1993) Heft 4. - S. 359-364
doi:10.1111/j.1467-8330.1993.tb00224.x ...

Hannah, Matthew G.
Space and social control in the administration of the Oglala Lakota (" Sioux"), 1871-1879
In: Journal of Historical Geography Bd. 19 (1993) Heft 4. - S. 412-432


Strohmayer, Ulf; Hannah, Matthew G.
Domesticating postmodernism
In: Antipode Bd. 24 (1992) Heft 1. - S. 29-55
doi:10.1111/j.1467-8330.1992.tb00427.x ...


Hannah, Matthew G.; Strohmayer, Ulf
Ornamentalism : Geography and the labor of language in structuration theory
In: Environment and Planning D : Society and Space Bd. 9 (1991) Heft 3. - S. 309-327


Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences
Chair of Cultural Geography

Prof. Dr. Matthew G. Hannah
Head of Chair

Room: 149, GEO II

Telefon: +49 (0)921 / 55-2272
E-Mail: matthew.hannah@uni-bayreuth.de

Verantwortlich für die Redaktion: Christoph Schemann

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