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Geographies of belonging and difference

In the context of current social and political developments such as migration and refugee movements, recurrences of strong national identities and borders or a generally waning trust in the state, spatial references are often used to highlight difference or belonging. The research group analyses how and to what end differentiations and belongings are produced in and through references to space, how they are articulated and how they are purposefully employed in various social arenas. We particularly analyse the relation between political regulation and everyday practices as well as between media discourses and subjective emotions and experiences in the relational production of social inclusions and exclusions.