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Torsten Wissmann

Research Fellow Ph.D., Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany




2009 Dr. phil. Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Institute of Geography. Dissertation: Raum zur Identitätskonstruktion des Eigenen.

2004 Magister Artium (MA) Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Institute of Geography. Magisterarbeit (master thesis): Re-Konstruktivismus und Geographie. Die Konstruktion von Lebenswelt deutschrussischer Migranten im südbrasilianischen Bundesstaat Paraná.

Current Research Projects

2011- Migration to Malta - The impact of illegal immigration for a receiving society.

2010- The Three Investigatorsʻ - Audioplays and the generalization of ʻLebensweltʻ (funded by the University of Mainz, with Stefan Zimmermann)

2009- Audio Tours - Podcast based audio field trips to replace common one-day excursions and enhance skills in empirical research (independent module ʻempirical expertise - audioʻ for the current bachelor curriculum)

2006- Podcasting as an extension of higher education. Production of over one hundred episodes for podcasts about settlement geography, economic geography, cartography, and the weekly show ʻgeografree Front-Lineʻ. Website: (in German)

2005- World Heritage and Identity - Change of identity in the Upper Middelrhein Valley (interdisciplinary reasearch group)

Academic Appointments

2008- Assistant Professor, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Department of Geography. Courses (selection): Digital Geography, Concepts and Theories in Human Geography; Soundscapes; Identity and World Heritage; Imaginative Geography in Popular Audioplays; Social Media Geography; Sound within the Urban Landscape; Regional and Cultural studies (incl. field trips): Germany, Portugal, Great Britain, Malta, USA.

2008- Examiner and Assessor, final and intermediate oral examinations (more than one hundred), Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Department of Geography

2004-07 Contract teacher, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Department of Geography. Courses (selection): Settlement Geography; Economic Geography; Cartography; Empirical Sciences; Methods of Statistical Representation

2001-02 Academic Assistant, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Institute of Pedagogy/Educational Science

Academic Awards

2002 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), scholarship for advanced education in foreign countries

Professional Offices and Juries

2010- Planning Committee, Revision ʻBachelor of Science, Geographyʼ, University of Mainz

2010 Planning Committee, Master of Arts, Human Geography, ʻGlobalization, Media and Cultureʼ, University of Mainz

2009- Interdisciplinary Research Initiative, World Heritage ʻUpper Middle Rhine Valleyʼ

2009- Steering Committee, Study and Teaching, Geography, University of Mainz

2009- Representative for mid-level faculty members, Department of Geography, Mainz

2009- Studentsʼ Advisor for Geography, University of Mainz

2009 Directing Organizer, Conference ʻNeue Kulturgeographie VII - Mind the Gap. Von Brüchen und Differenzenʼ, Mainz

Presentations and Lectures

coming up soon...


Social Geography. Media Geography. New Media & Sound. Identity & Space. Theoretical Geography. Podcasting in Higher Education.


Wissmann, Torsten (2010): From Hear to There. Sound and the Cognitive Construction of World in Popular Audioplays. Erdkunde 64 (4): 371-383 (with Stefan Zimmermann)


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