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15. Dezember 2023

Unequal passports, unequal freedoms. Reflections on researching freedom of movement while holding a European passport

Dorothea Biaback Anong | Zoé Perko

The authors of this blogpost are migration researchers. While doing research on the unequal distribution of mobility rights around the world, they make use of the privileges accorded to them by the very same regime. Their position has allowed them to travel to six countries within the last year. Inspired by stories from their past and current fieldwork, the authors reflect on their research within an unequal mobility and migration regime, which has become much more than a mere research object to them.

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1. Dezember 2023

Chasing the Elephant: Grasping “Digitalization” in Rural Everyday Life in South Korea

Jae-Young Lee | Sungwon Ryu

During their two-month fieldwork stay in South Korea, researchers Jae-Young Lee and Sungwon Ryu aimed to investigate how the use of digital tools in new economies, such as tourism or e-commerce, influences residents’ spatial imaginations and practices. While accessing the field, the term “digitalization” proved to be a contested touchstone, challenging our understanding of “the digital” itself. This report sheds light on how this pursuit of a mysterious phenomenon shaped their research in the process.

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17. November 2023

„Spatial Figures in the Anthropocene“ – The CRC 1265’s 5th international conference

What happens to scalar thinking when the analytical distinctions between global and local as well as human and non-human spaces no longer make sense, especially given the engagement with climate change and the planetary in the social sciences and humanities? These were the challenging questions that PIs Ignacio Farías and Silke Steets posed to the speakers and audience at the 5th international CRC symposium “Spatial Figures in the Anthropocene” on 5th and 6th October 2023. Scholars across regions and disciplines came together for two days of discussions, panels, coffee conversations, a metaverse animation, and a lecture performance to advance, share, and inspire thinking and activities on spatiality that address the anthropogenic impact on Earth.

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10. November 2023

Exploring Power and Space: A Recap of the CRC 1265 Summer School

Francesca Ceola | Nicole Oetke | Zoé Perko

How is power reflected in space and how is it recreated? How can practices contribute to (re)defining power relations in different spaces? These questions and many more were discussed during the International Participatory Summer School on “Power and Space”. The school brought together scholars from four continents across a wide range of disciplines. Organized by a team of doctoral researchers of the CRC, the school took a participatory approach by combining participant-led workshops and presentations with keynotes and workshops led by activists, scholars, and artists. Within this framework, participants reflected on theories of power and space, as well as their own positionality. Through excursions in Berlin, the school moved beyond the academic space, enabling participants to experience physical and political spaces in the city.

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20. Oktober 2023

Travelogue to the Edinburgh Botanic Garden

Seminar “Nature, Space and Biopolitics: Understanding the Conservation Regime in Planetary Urbanism” (Summer Semester 2023, TU Berlin)

In this blog post, CRC members Séverine Marguin and Jamie-Scott Baxter reflect on a trip they took with their students to the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh as part of the project seminar "Nature, Space and Biopolitics: Understanding the Conservation Regime in Planetary Urbanism." With the aim of investigating the refiguration of the modern institution of the botanic garden in the face of multiple socio-environmental crises, they summarize the key insights they gained by comparing two of the most important European botanic gardens from an interdisciplinary perspective: the Botanical Garden in Berlin and the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.

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29. September 2023

Puzzling Spaces and Theoretical Puzzles: Working with Spatial Figures in Project C07

Christina Hecht | Prof. Dr. Stefan Kirchner

Working in the CRC challenges us to translate the broad framework of spatial theory into our empirical work. In this blogpost, we illustrate how we handle this challenge in our project.

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8. September 2023

Von der Schillingbrücke zur Warschauer Brücke

Christopher Heidecke

Wirklichkeit und insbesondere Städte unterliegen einem steten räumlichen sowie zeitlichen Wandel. Mittels Lucius Burckhardts Methode der Spaziergangswissenschaft wird das Berliner Anschutz-Areal/Mediaspree untersucht und versucht, die planerische wie organisationale Entwicklung als Ausgangspunkt der Betrachtung für die hiesige Raumkonstitution und leibliche Erfahrung zu setzen.

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28. August 2023

„Pokémon Go könnte eine echte Chance sein, das Leben in öffentliche Räume zurückzuholen“

Dr. Eric Lettkemann | aufgezeichnet von Céline Lauer

Die Einen nutzen ihr Smartphone, um virtuelle Fantasiewesen zu jagen; die Anderen, um sich zum Date zu verabreden. Beides prägt und verändert nicht nur Sozialleben der Nutzer:innen, sondern auch die Städte, in denen sie sich bewegen. Aber wie? Hier erklärt der Soziologe Eric Lettkemann, was passiert, wenn die digitale und die analoge Welt aufeinanderprallen – und warum die mobilen Apps urbane Orte nicht nur bedrohen, sondern auch bereichern können.

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