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Kathrin Hörschelmann transfers from Leipzig to Bonn

After seven years of research work at the IfL, Kathrin Hörschelmann takes over the professorship of geography with a focus on cultural geography at the University of Bonn

Kathrin Hörschelmann, most recently project manager in the research group Geographies of Belonging and Difference at the IfL, will head the newly established working group Cultural Geography at the Institute of Geography of the Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn from August onwards.

"It is a great honour to join such a prestigious institution as the University of Bonn, says Kathrin Hörschelmann. "I am very much looking forward to my new task and to continuing to work actively with my colleagues at the IfL in this role".

One of her priorities is to gain a better understanding of the relationship between politics, public space and "landscapes" of security or insecurity.

Kathrin Hörschelmann studied geography and received her Master of Science from the University of Bristol. There she also completed her doctorate on media practice and the exclusion of "the East" in Germany after reunification. Before she started at the IfL, Hörschelmann was a university lecturer in Plymouth and Durham.

"Our Institute sees the appointment of Kathrin Hörschelmann as confirmation of both the excellence of its research and its commitment to the further academic qualification of its staff," says Thilo Lang, IfL department head and deputy institute director. "Professor Hörschelmann has significantly influenced the work of the research group Geographies of Belonging and Difference at the IfL in recent years and also contributed to its internationalisation. With her we are losing an internationally recognized scholar and at the same time we are pleased that she can continue her work in geographical research and teaching in an outstanding position".