About me:

Since April 2021, I am working as a lecturer and research assistant in the cultural geography research group of the Department of Geography at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. Prior, I studied geography in the Bachelor and Master of Science at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. In my Bachelor’s thesis, I looked at the geographical representations of the indigenous environmental movement of Standing Rock. After a semester abroad in Porto Alegre, Brazil, I completed my Master’s degree with a thesis on the care relationships between people and houseplants in the context of the ‘urban jungle’ trend. I work with a feminist posthumanist perspective and a multispecies ethnography approach and position myself within the more-than-human geography and environmental humanities communities. I hold that in the current epoch of multiple crisis not only an epistemological reorientation is urgently needed but also an ontological one.


Institute of Geography 

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität 

Johann-Joachim-Becher-Weg 21 

55099 Mainz 

E-Mail: olegzurmuehlen@uni-mainz.de

Research Interests:

More-than-human Geographies, Multispecies Studies, Human-Plant Geographies, Critical Plant Studies, More-than-human Commoning, Maritime Geographies

Research Projects:

Amphibious Venice

In my dissertation project, I (auto)-ethnographically explore practices and prospects of an amphibious thinking(-feeling) towards matters of life and death in an Anthropocene Venice at the crossroads between living together with the tide and an impending doomsday.


Verne, J., J. Poerting, L. Krieg und O. Ködding-Zurmühlen (2021): Tiere als lebendige Werkzeuge. In: Bork-Hüffer, T., H. Füller und T. Straube (Hrsg.): Handbuch digitale Geographie. Welt – Wissen – Werkzeuge. Paderborn, 330-342.

Zurmühlen, O. (2020): Whose Space is this? A Multispecies Auto-Ethnography of Viral-Human Negotiations in the Contact Zone. In: Witnessing Corona – a joint blog series by Blog Medical Anthropology / Medizinethnologie and boasblogs.


Summer term 2021:

  • M8 Theorien und Methoden der Humangeographie: Home-Making und Identität

Winter term 2021/22:

  • M5/M2Ed Übung: Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten
  • M2/M2Ed Übung: Wirtschaftsgeographie

Summer term 2022:

  • M2/M2Ed Übung: Sozialgeographie
  • M1-MA: Project Seminar: Counter-cartographies of Extinction