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1. International Conference Re-Figuration of Spaces

20. February 2019 10:00 – 22. February 2019 17:30 Uhr

Re-Figuration of Spaces:
Mediatization, Mobility, Globalization and
Social Dislocation

The collaborative research center “Re-Figuration of Spaces” at Technische Universität Berlin investigates changes in contemporary spatial arrangements with an emphasis on digital technologies and transnationalization. The goal is to determine the characteristics of the so-defined “re-figuration of spaces”. In order to achieve it, we examine a variety of subjective spatial experiences and knowledge production practices. This includes a more thorough examination of how emerging spatial structures are conditioned by increased interconnectedness of places and the circulation it implicates. Our conference thematizes how spaces change through mediatization, increased mobility, globalization and social dislocation. We ask which forms of arrangements, spatialities and materialities underwrite these processes. How are spaces negotiated and (visually) communicated? These questions will be addressed by international lecturers and discussed in plenary and parallel sessions.

Video Lectures

Keynote: Craig Calhoun – Thinking Across Scales: From Place-Based Community to Large-Scale Social Integration

Lecture: Gillian Rose – seeing the city in digital times: flows, fields, luminescenes, xvisibilities

Lecture: Gurminder K Bhambra – Neoliberal Modernity and the Refashioning of “Open Borders”

Lecture: Jennifer Robinson – Re-Conceptualising Urban Politics: Territories, Interests and Institutions


Hauptgebäude TU Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 135
Berlin, 10623 Deutschland


Nina Baur

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1. International Conference Re-Figuration of Spaces

SFB 1265
20. February 2019 10:00 – 22. February 2019 17:30 Uhr



10:00 am-13:00 pm
City walks

3:00-4:00 pm
Opening Lecture: Re-Figuration of Spaces

4:15-6:00 pm
Plenary Session 1: Spatializing Contemporary Modernities and the Postcolonial Challenge


9:00-10:45 am
Plenary Session 2: Visualization and Urban Space

11:15 am-1:45 pm
Session 1: Spatiality and Public Spheres
Session 2: Security, Control and Power
Session 3: Translocal Planning?

3:00-5:30 pm
Session 4: Materiality, Affordance, Re-figuration: Planning and Appropriation of Urban Space
Session 5: Spatial In-/Exclusion. Global and Local Perspectives on Spatial Inequality

6:00-7:30 pm
Keynote by Craig Calhoun: Thinking Across Scales: From Place-Based Community to Large-Scale Social Integration


9:30-12:00 am
Session 6: Entanglements of Space and Time
Session 7: Urbanity, Migration, Mobility

1:30-3:15 pm
Plenary Session 3: Space, Labor and Economy

3:45-5:30 pm
Plenary Discussion: Interdisciplinarity in Spatial Research