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Imaginations and Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition Third Annual Conference of the SFB 1199 “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition”

Imaginations and Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition Third Annual Conference of the SFB 1199 “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition”

Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition”
From - Until
04.10.2018 - 06.10.2018
Steffi Marung

The third annual conference of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition” analyses the role of imagination(s) in making and changing spatial formats and spatial orders under the global condition in both past and present. The conference is part of a larger endeavour of the SFB 1199 at the University of Leipzig to develop a typology of spatial formats as well as a historical narrative about the change of spatial orders under the global condition. Examining different social and historical contexts, the scholars at the SFB first explore the intentions, practices, and imaginations of different groups of actors that lead to the development of spatial formats, such as empires, nation states, enclaves, or commodity chains. Second, they consider how these spatial formats are combined to form complex spatial orders and how this has changed, and continues to change, over time. Third, the scholars investigate the visualization and imagination of already established as well as of alternative spatial formats and orders. The annual conferences develop the notions of spatial formats and spatial orders as heuristic tools and deploy them for the analysis of concrete historical processes of re-patialization.

The conference will focus on practices, methods, modes and forms of imaginations which are developed, applied and/or challenged by actors in different times and places, investigating dynamics in different world regions in comparative and transregional perspectives: How is space produced through the perceptions, reflections, imaginations of actors under the global condition? How are these spatial imaginations driving and legitimating different globalization projects? Which actors are involved in these dynamics, which modes and forms of spatial imaginations emerge, are challenged, or become pluralized?

If you are interested in participating in the conference or wish to receive further information, please contact Dr. Steffi Marung ( or Dr. Ute Rietdorf ( A conference fee will not be charged but we ask kindly for registration until Friday, 28 September 2018.


Thursday, 4 October

Opening and Introduction

1:30pm-3.00pm and 3:30pm-5:00pm (with Coffee Break)
Panel 1: Imagining the world: cartography, the arts and cultural practices
Chair: Matthias Middell (Leipzig)

Maren Möhring (Leipzig): The „World under one roof“. Arranging and performing „the world“ in the entertainment complex „Haus Vaterland“ in Berlin

Elize Mazadiego (Leuven): Conceptual cartography: Charting conceptual art’s global imaginary

Pierre Cherrier (Leipzig): From the principle of terrestrial unity to the world system: a study of graphical interconnections in cartographic representations of the world of in atlases and French textbooks

Laura Pflug (Leipzig): Re-Mapping the world: Chinese cartographic visualizations from the ‘long nineteenth century’

Nilanjana Mukherjee (New Delhi): Deconstructing the frontier in the Himalayas: Reading spatial alterities

Coffee Break

Keynote: Derek Gregory (Vancouver), N.N.
Introduction: Sebastian Lentz (Leipzig)


Friday, 5 October

Panel 2: Imaginations from a Perspective of Re-Figuration of Space
Chair: Sebastian Lentz (Leipzig)

Miro Born/ Ylva Kürten (Berlin): Photo elicitation method as an approach towards geographical imaginations

Nina Baur (Berlin): Spatial Knowledge in Consumer-Producer-Interactions

Arne Janz/ Joshua Schröder (Berlin): Control centres as places of imagination of a polycontextural spatiality

Martin Schinagl (Berlin): Machines of Spatial Imagination - Digital Agency in Urban Planning

Coffee Break

Panel 3: Competing imaginations of territoriality
Chair: Antje Dietze (Leipzig)

Ursula Rao (Leipzig): Virtual gaps and spatial imaginations in India’s urban banking infrastructure

Geert Castryck (Leipzig): Conflicting imaginations of territory in Berlin's Africa: colonial border disputes in the Great Lakes Region (1890-1925)

Kai Roder (Leipzig): Tearing down fences, building walls - The state, territoriality and the nation in Tanzania’s neo-extractive turn


Panel 4: Imagining emancipation transregionally: decolonization and anti-slavery movements
Chair: Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez (Leipzig)

Martha Schoolman (Florida): The country and the city in the hemispheric 1850s

Claudia Rauhut (Leipzig/ Berlin): Imaginations of global reparatory justice: The Caribbean case for slavery reparations

Ernst van der Wal (Stellenbosch): Killing Rhodes: Memorialised spaces, decolonisation and the imagining of new histories

Coffee Break

Panel 5: Roundtable: Spatial Imaginations (Maren Möhring/ Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez/ Ute Wardenga, all Leipzig


Saturday, 6 October

Panel 6: Transforming the empire: spatial imaginations through the lens of the urban and the frontier
Chair: Steffi Marung (Leipzig)

Tracie Wilson (Halle/ Leipzig): Intimate labor in the city: Lviv as center and periphery in late Habsburg Galicia

Kristina Jonutytė (Halle): Imaginaries at work in a Siberian urban renewal: Partial worlds in the indigenisation of post-Soviet Ulan-Ude

Chechesh Kudachinova (Ongudai), “About this part of the world that is so important to us:” the 'Great Imaginary Game' and Russian spatial perceptions of Central Asia

Panel 7: Re-imagining the global economy
Chair: Ulf Engel (Leipzig)

Alexander van Wickeren (Cologne): Imaginations of the “World Market”, cigar export and agricultural knowledge culture in the South Rhine Valley around mid-19th century

Crister S. Garrett (Leipzig): The Trump presidency, critical geopolitical agency and the contested politics of Transpacific geoeconomics

Robrecht Declercq (Ghent): Competing Copperbelts. Spatial imaginations of Katanga (Belgian Congo) as a modern mining space (1900-1930)

Concluding Discussion

Farewell Lunch

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Dr. Steffi Marung

Dr. Ute Rietdorf
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