Blog | Thematic Focus Space & Conflict

Gentrification in rural spaces, community building in the neighbourhood and online, surveillance of public spaces, quarantine, and home office… spaces are a focal point of social contestations. Conflicts – whether digitally mediated or analogue – always take place somewhere; they manifest at certain places, are ignited by these places, and leave their traces. The Pandemic, especially, connotes a crisis of space as familiar concepts of social normality have to be relearnt and utopias, which once offered hope, have lost their sheen.

Over the next few weeks, essays, observations, and reflections on spaces and conflicts will be published here as part of the SFB 1265 blog’s “Space and Conflict” thematic series, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and with the aim of reaching a non-academic audience.

5. March 2021

Cities in the making: urban politics, agroecology, and peripheral urbanization

Nicolas Goez

Izidora, a so-called “informal” settlement in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, is a laboratory of urban politics and sustainable urbanization technologies. As a self-constructed neighbourhood, it is marked by inequalities as well as conflicts with the municipal authorities. In this text, I portray the politics of Izidora’s dwellers, as they appropriate different agroecological practices, enmesh them in their struggle for housing and citizenship, and pursue an emancipatory logic of urban planning. Activist coalitions with intersectional agendas and political articulations of alternative forms of urban agriculture in Belo Horizonte’s peripheries have led to the creation of Izidora, as well as an array of new urban imaginaries. This text is about Izidora and the politics of a city in the making.

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26. February 2021

“I will kill you, I will waste your life and nothing will happen”.

Rebecca Enobong Roberts

Navigating public space is globally complex and complicated . In nations of the Global South, where democracies are gradually becoming problematic , it is becoming obvious that these democracies are blurry with porous boundaries. Various mechanisms such as “no trespassing” signs, high fences and strategic CCTV cameras all testify to increasing contestations over what public space means and who has a right to access it. In Africa, the situation is progressively getting worse, as the recent oppression and killings of unarmed protesters in public spaces attest to. For example, the arrest and killings of unarmed protesters in the cities of Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria and Kampala, Uganda , should bring to the fore debates and questions on the reconfiguration and negotiation of public space. In this post, we seek to reflect on the ENDSARS protest in Nigeria and its implications for rights to public space in Nigeria.

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19. February 2021

Subreddits im Konflikt: Die territorialen Praktiken von Online-Gemeinschaften

Daniel Lambach

Raumkonflikte gibt es auch im Internet. In sozialen Medien bilden sich soziale Gemeinschaften, die über territoriale Praktiken der Inklusion und Exklusion ihre Grenzen festlegen und auf diese Weise ihre Identitäten ausbilden. Am Beispiel eines Reddit-Forums („Subreddits“) zeigt dieser Beitrag, wie Praktiken der Grenzziehung und ritualisierte Konflikte zur Gemeinschaftsbildung beitragen. Dabei wird deutlich, dass Konflikt, Gemeinschaft und Raum in der digitalen Umgebung genauso untrennbar verbunden sind wie in der physischen Welt.

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12. February 2021

Vom Container „Schulhaus“ zur transformativen Bildungsregion? Über die Notwendigkeit eines raumpädagogischen Paradigmenwechsels

Dr. Kathrin E. Plank

Durch die coronabedingte Erschütterung der Beschränkungen von Lernort und -zeit wurde verstärkt ersichtlich, dass der Bildungsraum Schule in vielerlei Hinsicht den Anforderungen einer Wissensgesellschaft des 21. Jahrhunderts nicht mehr gerecht wird. Vor dem Hintergrund einer Re-Figuration des Bildungsraums stehen räumliche Neuordnungen in einem konfliktreichen Spannungsverhältnis zu schulräumlichen Deutungs- und Nutzungsgewohnheiten praktizierender Lehrkräfte. In ihrem Beitrag setzt Kathrin Eveline Plank sich mit dem Potential eines bildungsräumlichen Paradigmenwechsels für eine „Neuprogrammierung schulischer Grammatik“ auseinander.

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