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University of Bayreuth, Media release No 007/2021 January 19th 2021

"Trump has always tried to weaken democracy" - Interview with the Bayreuth cultural geographer Hannah

Prof. Dr. Matthew G. Hannah’s hometown is Washinton DC. He holds the Chair of Cultural Geography at the University of Bayreuth. We spoke with him about the division of the US, the events in Washington when an angry mob stormed the Capitol after cheering tweets and speeches by outgoing US President Trump, and asked him about his expectations for the handover of office on 20 January 2021 and for Joe Biden's term in office.

Prof. Dr. Matthew G. Hannah, Chair of Cultural Geography

On 20th January 2021, Joe Biden will take the oath of office as President of the United States of America. That outgoing President Donald Trump has attacked US democracy is the opinion of Bayreuth cultural geographer Prof. Dr. Mathew G. Hannah. He has been teaching and researching for 26 years, first in the USA and Great Britain, since September 2013 at the University of Bayreuth. We spoke with him about the riots in Washington, Trump's behaviour and the question of whether and how Joe Biden can succeed in uniting the recently so divided US society. You can find the complete interview on the website of our campus magazine "UBTaktuell":

About the person
Prof. Hannah has taught and conducted research for 26 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.



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