Spatialities of Hunger: Post-National Spaces, Assemblages and Fragmenting Liabilities

  • Jörg Gertel
Keywords: Periphery, Space, Hunger, Insecurity, Assemblages


This contribution addresses the casual structure and spatialities of food insecurity. Drawing from scholarly debates on periphery, I illustrate the limited explanatory range of state-centered periphery-approaches in order to comprehend the recent constellations of conflict and hunger. I argue that increasingly dynamic and post-national spaces of food insecurity emerge. Due to complex power geometries, these spaces are driven by realigning and territorially-stretched arrangements of action (e.g. global producer-consumer relations), by technologically enhanced new temporal configurations (e.g. speculation and high frequency trade in food), by the performances of metrics (e.g. models of food price and value-constructions shaping food security), and by the reflexive effects of knowledge production. In order to comprehend these dynamics, concepts capable of capturing new assemblages are required.

Author Biography

Jörg Gertel

is Professor for economic geography and global studies at the University of Leipzig. Among his most recent books are Disrupting Territories: Land, Commodification & Conflict in Sudan (James Currey 2014; coedited with Richard Rottenburg and Sandra Calkins), and Seasonal Workers in Mediterranean Agriculture: The Social Costs of Eating Fresh (Routledge 2014; coedited with Sarah Ruth Sippel).

How to Cite
Gertel, J. “Spatialities of Hunger: Post-National Spaces, Assemblages and Fragmenting Liabilities”. Middle East - Topics & Arguments, Vol. 5, Nov. 2015, pp. 25-35, doi:10.17192/meta.2015.5.3796.