Second Annual Conference of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: Practises and Processes of Space-Making Under the Global Condition

Second Annual Conference of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: Practises and Processes of Space-Making Under the Global Condition

Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition”
Seaside Park Hotel Leipzig
From - Until
29.09.2017 - 01.10.2017
Steffi Marung

The second annual conference of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: “Processes of Globalization under the Global Condition” focuses on the role of actors and their activities in making and changing spaces of action under the global condition in both the past and the present. The conference is part of a larger endeavour of the SFB 1199 at the University of Leipzig to develop a typology of those spatial formats that have emerged under the global condition as well as a historical narrative about the development of spatial orders. The conference addresses practices and processes through which – relatively durable – spatial arrangements are created, maintained, and subverted. By studying global space-making, we move beyond abstract notions of flow and exchange to examine the spatial arrangements that direct and organize flows, determine their speed and scale, and produce interruptions or continuations. Through this lens, “globalization” becomes visible in the plural as a multiplicity of projects of space- and place-making.

The conference brings together international scholars from different disciplines such as geography, anthropology, history, and the social sciences as well as specialists on different world regions interested in transregional entanglements. Addressing both German and international academia, it represents one of the key arenas in which the research programme of the SFB can be discussed with a wider and interdisciplinary academic community.

If you are interested in participating in the conference or wish to receive further information, please contact Dr. Steffi Marung ( or Dr. Ute Rietdorf (


Friday, 29 September 2017

1:00 pm: Registration

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Opening and Welcome

2:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Infrastructures (of) Making Space
Chair: Uwe Müller (Leipzig)

Ursula Rao (Leipzig), Biometric technology and the re-spatializing of the Indian welfare state

Arne Harms (Leipzig), Situating offsets: On spatializations of climate finance in the Indian Himalayas

Amina Nolte (Gießen), Infrastructural spaces – an ethnography of mobility, fear and contested sovereignty in Jerusalem

Judith Miggelbrink/ Frank Meyer/ Tom Schwarzenberg (Leipzig), Sites of organ donation

comment: Dirk van Laak (Leipzig)

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Coffee Break

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Keynote
Setha Low (New York), Spatializing culture: The ethnography of space and place

7:00 pm: Reception

Saturday, 30 September 2017

9:00 am – 11:00 am: Changing (Post)Colonial Geographies
Chair: Steffi Marung (Leipzig)

Matthew David Unangst (Washington), Appropriating the hinterland: The Indian Ocean world and German colonial geographies

Bogdan Iacob (Bucharest), Guinea as Romanian Dreamworld: Socialist production of decolonized space in Africa (1959-1969)

Wolfgang Zimmermann (Leipzig), Spatial arrangements of nomadic actors and their variation under global conditions. Results of empirical research in Musandam/Sultanate of Oman in the mid 1970s and today

comment: Dmitri van den Bersselaar (Leipzig)

Coffee Break

11:30 am – 2:00 pm: Evading the State, Challenging Territorial Orders
Chair: Ulf Engel (Leipzig)

Samuel Iwilade (Oxford), Fluid militants of the oil delta: Mutations of post-conflict youth gangs in transnational space

Baptiste Colin (Paris), Spatial justice: How squatters deal with it. An historical review of squatting movements in France

Tine Hanrieder (Berlin), Global health in the United States: The making of a de-territorialized medical South

Marlon Edgardo Carranza Zelaya (Leipzig), Gang injunctions: A legal cartography for gang affiliation

comment: Nils Zurawski (Hamburg)

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Lunch Break

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Reorganizing Transnational and International Spaces
Chair: Katharina Döring (Leipzig)

Jan Botha (Stellenbosch), Higher education leaders grappling with the notion of “World Class Universities” in the context of global forces in higher education

Pascal Goeke/ Evelyn Moser (Bochum/ Bonn), Global philanthropy and the organization of legitimacy

Courtney Cole (Weston MA), Building justice: Practices and processes of post-conflict space-making by International Criminal Tribunals

comment: Elisabeth Kaske (Leipzig)

Coffee Break

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Narrating Space
Chair: Antje Dietze (Leipzig)

Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez (Leipzig), Space-making in literature: Defining and redefining spatial orders in texts about the Florida Frontier

Konstanze Loeke (Leipzig), How is ‘the world’ narrated in motivation letters? – A case study of the EMGS Master in Global Studies

comment: Maren Möhring (Leipzig)

7:30pm: Conference Dinner

Sunday, 1 October 2017

9:00 am – 11:30 am: Creating Economic Spaces
Chair: Julia Oheim (Leipzig)

Antje Dietze (Leipzig), Producing popular entertainment: business models and transnational strategies, 1880-1930

Stephan Rindlisbacher (Bern/ Moscow), Territorialising Soviet space 1918-1929: National forms with economic content

Diana Ayeh (Leipzig), The role of CSR agents in shaping dominant notions of multinational corporations in Burkina Faso

Hannes Warnecke-Berger (Leipzig), From revolutionaries to economic development agents? The making of a transnational economic space in El Salvador, the US, and West Germany

comment: Martin Müller (Zürich)

Coffee Break

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Concluding Roundtable
chair: Ursula Rao (Leipzig)
Maren Möhring (Leipzig), Geert Castryck (Leipzig), Sarah Sippel (Leipzig), Matthias Middell (Leipzig)

1:30 pm: Farewell Lunch

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Leipzig University
SFB 1199
Nikolaistraße 6–10 / 5th floor
04109 Leipzig
Phone: (+49) 341 / 973 77 57
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