Researchers

Dr Elisabeth MILITZ
Department of Geography
Contact
Social and Cultural Geography
Hallerstrasse 12

+41774092476


unisg.ch
unisg.academia.edu
Objects of Research
nationalism
belonging/alienation
emotion and affect
families
weddings
Eurovision Song Contest 2012 (Baku)
dancing
genital surgery
sexual and reproductive health
women
virginity
sexual education
Projects Management
Becoming a virgin: bodies, technologies and affectual geographies of the reconstruction of the hymen
University of Bern
since 2017
The project hypothesizes hymen repair as an emergent transcultural phenomenon that reproduces female virginity as a global commodity. It explores how technologies of hymen surgery produce corporeal geographies, putting sexualized organs and bodies into circulation as commodities in the global reproductive economy. Specifically, the project is interested in unraveling the different emotional and affectual mechanisms substantiating powerful narratives around virginity, femininity, female sexuality and pleasure.

Clad in hope: affective geographies of the bridal dress
SNF Scientific Exchange
2018
Despite an observed decline in marriage rates, the heterosexual wedding remains popular around the world. While many communities grant the status of an adult only after consummating a heterosexual wedding, marriage also seems to promise future happiness. The white bridal dress, in particular, plays a key role in attracting feelings of hope, desire and joy during wedding celebrations. This project aims to develop a critical understanding of the affective dynamics at play in conflating marriage with happiness.

Affective Nationalism: Bodies, Materials and Encounters with the Nation in Azerbaijan
University of Zurich
2013-2017
The project unpacks the ways in which nationalism – understood as a feeling of national belonging and alienation – unfolds in moments of affective encounter between different bodies, objects, practices and places. Based on eight months of ethnographic field work in Azerbaijan, consisting mainly of observant participation within families, field notes from attendance at public holidays and commemoration ceremonies and qualitative interviews, the project develops the concept of affective nationalism - the banal affirmation of the national emerging in moments of encounter between different bodies, objects, practices and places. In times nationalist and populist narratives of good and evil, right and wrong and outside and inside gain ground, the project proposes to focus on moments of bodily encounter, on bodies’ different capacities to affect and to be affected and on the spatial and temporal contextualities of national becomings, in order to understand the persistence of nationalism.

Spaces of freedom in Azerbaijan: an action-oriented network analysis of environmental NGOs
DAAD, Hiele Foundation
2009-2010
The project focuses the practices, organisation and guiding narratives of environmental NGOs in the South Caucasus Republic of Azerbaijan. Drawing primarily on ethnographic and qualitative interview material from four month of field research, the study experiments with a qualitative network analysis and presents novel insights on civil society activities in the fields of nature conversation, ornithology and environmental justice in Azerbaijan.
Publications
[article] 10.1016/j.polgeo.2015.11.002, Affective Nationalism: Banalities of Belonging in Azerbaijan, Political Geography, Vol. 54, 2016, 54–63
[chapter] On Affect, Dancing and National Bodies, Michael Skey and Marco Antonsich, Everyday Nationhood: Theorising Culture, Identity and Belonging after Banal Nationalism, London, 2017, Palgrave Macmillan, 177–195
[chapter] Public Events and Nation-Building in Azerbaijan, Rico Isaacs and Abel Polese, Nation-Building and Identity in the Post-Soviet Space: New Tools and Approaches, London, New York, 2016, Routledge, 176–194
Ongoing Publications
[article] 10.1016/j.polgeo.2015.11.002, Affective Nationalism: Banalities of Belonging in Azerbaijan, Political Geography, Vol. 54, 2016, 54–63
[chapter] On Affect, Dancing and National Bodies, Michael Skey and Marco Antonsich, Everyday Nationhood: Theorising Culture, Identity and Belonging after Banal Nationalism, London, 2017, Palgrave Macmillan, 177–195
[chapter] Public Events and Nation-Building in Azerbaijan, Rico Isaacs and Abel Polese, Nation-Building and Identity in the Post-Soviet Space: New Tools and Approaches, London, New York, 2016, Routledge, 176–194