Middlebury

 

Guntram Herb

Professor of Geography

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Phone: work802.443.5714
Office Hours: Tuesday 4:30 - 5:30 pm; Wednesday 4:15 - 5:15 pm, and by appointment
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Courses

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FYSE 1390 - Geography of War and Peace      

The Geography of War and Peace
Whether it is military maps employed in the defense of the Han dynasty or the logistic support for cruise missiles in the Gulf War, geography has always been associated with war and the exercise of power. However, the field of geography also has a lesser known tradition that emphasizes social justice and resistance to oppression. In this seminar we will examine how geography and geographers engage in the propagation and execution of wars and in the education and mobilization for peace. Students will be actively involved in unraveling the story of the geography of war and peace through research projects, fieldtrips, and an online exhibition. 3 hrs. sem.

CMP CW SOC

Spring 2013

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GEOG 0100 - Place And Society      

Place and Society: Local to Global
This course is an introduction to how geographers view the world and contribute to our understanding of it. Where do the phenomena of human experience occur? Why are they there? What is the significance? These questions are fundamental for explaining the world at different scales from the global to the local. Throughout, we will focus on the spatial basis of society, its continual reorganization through time, and how various human and environmental problems can be usefully analyzed from a geographic perspective. (Open only to first-year students and sophomores) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab

DED SOC

Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2014

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GEOG 0215 - Political Geography      

Political Geography
Political relations within and between states do not occur in a vacuum. Rather, they are rooted in a specific and tangible geographic context. Political geography examines the interactions between this context and political processes at various geographic scales, ranging from the local to the global level. This course will focus primarily on the state and international level and will address issues such as the territorial exercise of power, state formation, nationalism, geopolitics, and international conflicts and cooperation. 3 hrs. lect.

SOC

Spring 2012

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GEOG 0223 - Geopolitics of Europe      

Geopolitics of Europe
The course examines what is arguably the most influential region in the world from a geographic perspective. First, we will chart the complex geopolitical dimensions of Europe in an attempt to understand what unites this highly differentiated region. Next, we will critically evaluate the main European political body, the European Union. Then we will analyze the political, social, economic, and environmental challenges that threaten to destabilize Europe. Finally, we will try to assess the degree to which political power in Europe has acquired a "European" dimension at the grassroots level by investigating political activism across borders of individual countries. Students will be actively involved in this study through a research project that culminates in a conference on the Future of Europe at the end of the semester. 3 hrs. lect.

EUR SOC

Spring 2013

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GEOG 0414 - Seminar in Political Geography      

Seminar in Political Geography: Radical Geographies
Geography has always been associated with the exercise of power and came into being as an academic discipline because it supported imperialism, nationalism, and war. However, the field of geography also has a lesser-known emancipatory tradition that emphasizes social justice, empowerment, and resistance to oppression. Early radical voices—anarchists, socialists, and pacifists—were silenced and often forced into exile. It was only in the context of the protest culture of the 1960s that radical geographies started to find an audience. In this seminar we will examine how geography and geographers have engaged in revolutionary activism, education for justice, social mobilization, and theorizations of alternative models of society. (Open to senior majors only; others by waiver) 3 hrs. sem.

Spring 2014

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GEOG 0415 - Seminar in Political Geography      

Seminar in Political Geography: Landscape and Memory-Geographies of National Identity
This course focuses on the intimate relationship between human-made landscapes and nationalism. It examines both the built landscape and nationalism as twin narratives. Landscapes tell the story of the nation: they reflect what the nation has chosen to remember of its unique past and they also affect the nationalism that develops in a specific territory. With examples from the Western China, Poland, Germany, Israel, and the US, we will illustrate how the human-made landscape serves as important physical and cultural crucible in which people construct ideas, memories, and icons that become an important part of a nation's memory and sense of identity. The relationship between peoples and their physical and social environments will be studied both within the context of time and space in order to help us understand the cultural processes that have been most responsible for the development of nations in the modern era. (Open to seniors only; others by waiver) 3 hrs. seminar

Spring 2012

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GEOG 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
A one-credit intensive research project developed under the direction of a faculty member. Junior majors only. (Approval Required)

Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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GEOG 0700 - Senior Research      

Senior Research
A one-credit intensive research project developed under the direction of a faculty member. Senior majors only. (Approval Required)

Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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GEOG 0701 - Senior Thesis      

Senior Thesis
Students with a departmental GPA of 3.3 or higher are eligible to complete a two-credit senior thesis. In order to complete a senior thesis, students must have a proposal approved by a primary thesis advisor and a secondary departmental reader prior to registering for the first 0701 credit. Upon completion of the thesis, thesis students will present their work in a public seminar and defend the thesis in front of the departmental faculty. Thesis presentations and defenses will typically take place during the final week of classes or the examination period. Upon completion of the presentation and defense, the primary advisor and secondary departmental reader will be responsible for evaluating and grading the thesis. It is strongly encouraged that students considering a thesis discuss their ideas with an advisor during the semester prior to registering for formal thesis credits. (Approval only)

Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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IGST 0101 - Intro to Intl & Global Studies      

Introduction to International and Global Studies
This is the core course of the International and Global Studies major. It is an introduction to key international issues and problems that will likely feature prominently in their courses at Middlebury and study abroad. Issues covered will differ from year to year, but they may include war, globalization, immigration, racism, imperialism, nationalism, world organizations, non-governmental organizations, the European Union, the rise of East Asia, politics and society in Latin America, and anti-Americanism. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

CMP

Fall 2013, Fall 2014

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IGST 0701 - REES Senior Thesis      

Russian and East European Studies Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Spring 2015

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Research Areas

Nationalism and territoriality 
German identity
European integration
Maps and propaganda 
History of geography

Degrees

Vordiplom, Diplom, Eberhard-Karls-Universitat, Tubingen, Germany

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison

Selected Publications

 

Books and edited volumes

 

Herb, Guntram, David H. Kaplan, and Mark Monmonier, eds. 2009.Cambridge World Atlas, CambridgeUniversity Press.

Herb, Guntram and David H. Kaplan, eds. 2008.  Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview (4 vols).  Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio.

Herb, Guntram, David H. Kaplan, and Mark Monmonier, eds. 2007. Perthes World Atlas. Gotha, Germany: Klett-Perthes Verlag.

Herb, Guntram and David H. Kaplan, eds. 1999. Nested Identities: Nationalism, Territory, and Scale. Lanham,MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Herb, Guntram. 1997. Under the Map of Germany: Nationalism and Propaganda 1918-1945. London: Routledge.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Articles and book chapters

Herb, Guntram.  "How Geography Shapes National Identities." (with David H. Kaplan). National Identities 13 (2011): 349-360.

Herb, Guntram.  "Fostering learning through problem-based collaboration" in: "Interventions in teaching political geography in the USA," (multi-authored forum). Political Geography 29 (2010): 196-199.

Herb, Guntram, forthcoming. Geopolitics and Cartography. In The History of Cartography, Vol. 6 (Cartography in the Twentieth Century), ed. Mark Monmonier. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Herb, Guntram, 2009. Intervention: Mapping is Critical.(Guest editor and contributor to multi-authored forum).Political Geography 28 (2009): 332-342.

Herb, Guntram. 2008. The politics of political geography. In The Sage Handbook of Political Geography, ed. Kevin Cox, Murray Low, and Jennifer Robinson., 21-40. London: Sage.

Herb, Guntram. 2005. Von der Grenzrevision zur Expansion: Territorialkonzepte in der Weimarer Republik. In Welt-Räume: Geschichte, Geographie und Globalisierung seit 1900, eds. Iris Schröder und Sabine Höhler, 175-203. Frankfurt: Campus Verlag.

Herb, Guntram. 2005. The Geography of Peace Movements. In The Geography of War and Peace, ed. Colin Flint, 347-368. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Herb, Guntram. 2004. Double Vision: Territorial Strategies in the Construction of National Identities in Germany 1949-1979Annals of the Association of American Geographers 94.1: 140-164.

Recent Fellowships and Grants

Visiting Scholar, Institut Français de Géopolitique, Université de Paris VIII, January-June 2011.

Fulbright Research Grant, Paris, France, January-June 2011.