Patrick Naef

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My current research addresses the complex nexus between resilience and violence, exploring for instance the everyday life of city-dwellels subject to criminal governance.
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Department of Geography, University of Geneva

Research Profile

Criminal Governance, Tourism and Crime, Colllective Memory, Urban Violence, Informality, Resilience and Resistance, Extortion

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Kenya, United States
English, Spanish, French


Walls of Resistance: Underground Memories and Political Violence in Colombia. History and Anthropology, accepted in September 2022.

The Criminal Governance of Tourism: Extortion and Intimacy in Medellin. Journal of Latin American Studies, accepted in September 2022.

“100 Resilient Cities”: Addressing Urban Violence and Creating a World of Ordinary Resilient Cities. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 112(7), 2022.

Resistances in the “Resilient City”: Rise and Fall of a Disputed Concept in New Orleans and Medellin. Political Geography, 96, 2022

“Narco-heritage” and the Touristification of the Drug Lord Pablo Escobar in Medellin, Colombia. Journal of Anthropological Research, 74(4), 2018.


Tourism, conflict and contested Heritage in Former Yugoslavia. (with J. Ploner) London: Routledge, 2017.

La ville-martyre: guerre, tourisme et mémoire en ex-Yougoslavie. Geneva: Slatkine, 2016.