SFB1199 Annual Conference 2016: Spatial Formats - Concepts, Historicity and Approaches towards Typologies

SFB1199 Annual Conference 2016: Spatial Formats - Concepts, Historicity and Approaches towards Typologies

SFB 1199, Universität Leipzig
SFB 1199, Nikolaistraße 6–10, 04109 Leipzig
From - Until
06.10.2016 - 08.10.2016
Steffi Marung

On behalf of the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, the Centre for Area Studies and the Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe at the University of Leipzig, we would like to extend you an invitation to the First Annual Conference of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition”. Under the title “Spatial Formats: Concepts, Historicity and Approaches towards Typologies”, an interdisciplinary and international group of renowned scholars will meet in Leipzig (Germany) between 6–8 October 2016.

Being composed of 17 projects, a central project and an Integrated Research Training Group, the SFB 1199 is based on a wide spectrum of area studies as well as disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. Introducing the two main categories of spatial formats and spatial orders, the SFB 1199 develops a systematic approach that establishes a typology of spatial formats as well as a historical narrative about the change of spatial orders under global conditions.

This First Annual Conference of the SFB 1199 brings together expertise from different disciplines and world regions in order to discuss and test the conceptual proposal of spatial formats and approaches. In turn, the outcome of this fruitful gathering of scholars will help in developing a valuable typology. Addressing both German and international academia, the conference represents one of the key arenas in which the research programme of the SFB can be discussed with a wider and interdisciplinary academic community.

Divided into six main panels on topics ranging from methodological and conceptual issues to geographical and cartographical approaches to globalization, the 2016 conference also features two keynote lectures by Bob Jessop (Lancaster) and Glenda Sluga (Sydney).

While there is no conference fee, for organizational matters we would be appreciative of a short note of your intention to attend.


Thursday, 6 October
Venue: SFB 1199, Strohsackpassage, Nikolaistraße 6-10, 5th floor

3:00 pm: Registration and Welcome Coffee

3:30 pm: Welcome and Introduction
Ursula Rao (Leipzig)

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Session 1: Methodological and Conceptual Approaches
Chair: Ursula Rao (Leipzig)

Ute Wardenga (Leipzig), Spatialization, spatial orders and spatial formats: Discussing central terms of the SFB

Matthias Middell (Leipzig), Spatial formats and the transformation of the world during the 19th century

Judith Miggelbrink (Leipzig), Assemblages as a conceptual tool to identify spatial formats?

7:00 pm: Evening Keynote Lecture
Venue: InterCityHotel Leipzig, Tröndlinring 2

Bob Jessop (Lancaster), Spatio-temporal fixes and multi-spatial metagovernance
Introduction and Moderation: Sebastian Lentz (Leipzig)

Friday, 7 October
Venue: InterCityHotel Leipzig, Tröndlinring 2

9:00 am - 11:00 am: Session 2: International Relations and Geopolitics
Chair: Nikolas Broy (Leipzig)

Ulf Engel (Leipzig), Regionalisms in Africa

Heidrun Zinecker (Leipzig), Geopolitics and territory: Taboos and myths

Gilad Ben-Nun (Verona), The birth of ‘international space’: The example of UNHCR’s Executive Committee (ExCom) establishment

11:30 am - 12:45 pm: Keynote Lecture (via Skype)
Glenda Sluga (Sydney), Seeking out international spaces, 1900–1990 Introduction and Moderation: Maren Möhring (Leipzig)

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Session 3: Geography and Cartography
Chair: Ninja Steinbach-Hüther (Leipzig)

Gustav E. Visser (Stellenbosch), The origin and growth of geography as a discipline at South African universities: Early 1900s to 2016

Sebastian Lentz/ Jana Moser (Leipzig), Visualizing globalization – In search for a typology

Session 4: Urban Spaces and Portals of Globalization
Chair: Antje Dietze (Leipzig)

Bernd Belina (Frankfurt/Main), The urban form and some spatial forms that form the urban

Geert Castryck (Leipzig), Disentangling the city: Positioning imperial cities, metropolitan cities, colonial cities and settler cities in colonial Africa and Europe

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Session 5: Empire, Nation State and Bloc
Chair: Adam Jones (Leipzig)

Holger Weiß (Turku), Hamburg Rothesoodstrasse 8 – Global space and non-place?

Frank Hadler/ Uwe Müller (Leipzig), The Eastern bloc and the global Cold War: A spatial format in a spatial order?

Steffi Marung (Leipzig), From empire to nation? The transformation of empires, decolonization and the proliferation of spatial formats

Saturday, 8 October
Venue: InterCityHotel Leipzig, Tröndlinring 2

9:00 am - 11:00 am: Session 6: Economic Spaces and Commodity Chains
Chair: Katja Werthmann (Leipzig)

Marc Boeckler (Frankfurt/Main), Global territories and contemporary supply chain capitalism

Sarah Ruth Sippel (Leipzig), Commodity chains as “spatial formats”? Conceptual perspectives

Hannes Warnecke-Berger (Leipzig), The spatial turn and economics: Emerging transnational space economies as spatial formats

11:30 am - 1:00 pm: Concluding Roundtable
Making Sense of a Turbulent Present: The Debate about Spatial Formats at Times of Brexit and Refugee Drisis
Chair: Ulf Engel

Discussants: Marc Boeckler, Bob Jessop, Matthias Middell, Judith Miggelbrink

Contact (announcement)

Dr. Steffi Marung / Dr. Ute Rietdorf

Universität Leipzig
SFB 1199
Nikolaistraße 6–10 / 5. Etage
04109 Leipzig
Phone: (0341) 973 71 96
E-mail: sfb1199@uni-leipzig.de

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