Julia Lossau

Position: Professor
Research Area: Urban Geography
Location: GW2 B1125
Phone: 0421-218 67130
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Office Hours

Office our on 2.2.2016 takes place from 14:00 to 15:00 Uhr


Since October 2012, Julia Lossau is professor of Human Geography with focus on Urban Geography at the Institute of Geography at the University of Bremen. From 2006 to 2012, she worked as Assistant Professor for Cultural Geography at the Humbold-University in Berlin. In 2009, she was habilitated with a work on Geography and cultural turn. The production of spatial reality in urban context based on the example of art in public space.

From 2001 to 2003, she was Marie Curie Fellow at the Department for Geography and Topographic Science of the University of Glasgow, where she did research on the relations between urban planning and public art.

After studying geography (diploma), sociology and urban development at the universities of Würzburg and Bonn, Julia Lossau wrote a doctoral thesis the field of political geography. In 2001, she was awarded a doctorate at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science of the University of Bonn. Her doctoral thesis was published in 2002 under the title “the policy of location. A postcolonial journey to a different kind of the world`s geography”. From 2003 to 2005, Julia Lossau was scientific assistant at the Institute of Geography of the University of Heidelberg.

Research Interests

Urban and Regional Studies
Geography and Cultural Theory
Cultural Identity, Postcolonialism, Space
Political Geography



Books and edited volumes (selection)

  • Lossau, Julia; Freytag, Tim u. Lippuner, Roland (Hg.) (2013): Schlüsselbegriffe der Kultur- und Sozialgeographie. Stuttgart: Ulmer UTB, in Bearbeitung.
  • Endlicher, Wilfried; Hostert, Patrick; Kowarik, Ingo ; Kulke, Elmar; Lossau, Julia; Marzluff, John; van der Meer, Elke; Mieg, Harald; Nützmann, Gunnar; Schulz, Marlies u. Wessolek, Gerd (Hg.) (2011): Perspectives in Urban Ecology. Studies of ecosystems and interactions between humans and nature in the metropolis of Berlin. Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: Springer.
  • Lossau, Julia (2009): Geographie und cultural turn. Zur Produktion räumlicher Wirklichkeit in urbanen Kontexten. Das Beispiel Kunst im öffentlichen Raum. Habilitationsschrift. Berlin: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
  • Flitner, Michael; Lossau, Julia (Hg.) (2005): Themenorte. Münster: LIT Verlag (2. Auflage 2006).
  • Lossau, Julia (2002): Die Politik der Verortung. Eine postkoloniale Reise zu einer anderen Geographie der Welt. Bielefeld: transcript.

Journal articles and book chapters (selection)

  • Lossau, Julia (2013): Politische Geographie und postkoloniale Theorie - Territorien, Identitäten, Verflechtungen. In: Belina, Bernd (Hg.): Staat und Raum. Stuttgart: Steiner, 95-108.
  • Lossau, Julia (2012): Geography, the visual, and public art: Exploring the new Gorbals landscape. In: Depkat, Volker u. Zwingenberger, Meike (Hg.): Visual cultures – transatlantic perspectives. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 175-194.
  • Lossau, Julia (2012): Postkoloniale Geographie: Grenzziehungen, Verortungen, Verflechtungen. In: Reuter, Julia u. Karentzos, Alexandra (Hg.): Schlüsselwerke der Postcolonial Studies. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 355-364.
  • Lossau, Julia (2012): Postkoloniale Impulse für die deutschsprachige Geographische Entwicklungsforschung. In: Geographica Helvetica 67, 3, 125-132.
  • Lossau, Julia (2012): Spatial Turn. In: Eckardt, Frank (Hg.): Handbuch Stadtsoziologie. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 185-198.
  • Lossau, Julia (2011): Postkoloniale Ansätze: Zum Verhältnis von kultureller Identität und Raum. In: Gebhardt, Hans; Glaser, Rüdiger; Radtke, Ulrich u. Reuber, Paul (Hg.): Geographie. Physische Geographie und Humangeographie. 2. vollständig überarbeitete Auflage. Heidelberg: Spektrum, 653-660.
  • Lossau, Julia; Winter, Katharina (2011): The social construction of city nature: Exploring temporary uses of open green space in Berlin. In: Endlicher, Wilfried (Hg.): Perspectives in Urban Ecology. Studies of ecosystems and interactions between humans and nature in the metropolis of Berlin. Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: Springer, 333-345.
  • Lossau, Julia (2011): Responses to the Nomos: Postcolonialism. In: Legg, Stephen (Hg.): Spatiality, Sovereignty and Carl Schmitt. Geographies of the Nomos. London: Routledge, 251-259.
  • Lippuner, Roland; Lossau, Julia (2010): Kritik der Raumkehren. In: Günzel, Stephan (Hg.): Raum. Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch. Stuttgart: Metzler, 110-119.
  • Lossau, Julia (2009): Entry „Anthropogeography (After Ratzel)“. In: Kitchin, Rob; Thrift, Nigel (Hg.): International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Oxford: Elsevier, 140-147.
  • Lossau, Julia (2009): Räume von Bedeutung. Spatial turn, cultural turn und Geographie. In: Czáky, Moritz; Leitgeb, Christoph (Hg.): Kommunikation, Gedächtnis, Raum. Biele­feld: transcript, 29-43.
  • Lossau, Julia (2008): Kulturgeographie als Perspektive. Zur Debatte um den cultural turn in der Humangeographie – eine Zwischenbilanz. In: Berichte zur Deutschen Landes­kunde 82, 4, 317-334.
  • Lossau, Julia (2008): ‘New urbanity’ and contemporary forms of public art. Notes on Citizen Firefighter (Kenny Hunter). In: Erdkunde 62, 4, 329-337.
  • Lossau, Julia (2008): Pitfalls of thirdspace: rethinking the ambivalent logic of spatial seman­tics. In: Ikas, Karin u. Wagner, Gerhard (Hg.): Communicating in the third space. New York: Routledge, 62-78.
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