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2. International Conference – Polycontextural Spatial Arrangements

26. February 2020 10:00 – 27. February 2020 19:00 Uhr

The theoretical discourse of the Collaborative Research Centre 1265 “Re-Figuration of Spaces” focuses on three key concepts – translocalization, mediatization and polycontexturalization –  with which we assume to be able to describe the quality of current spatial production more precisely. Among  these, the concept of polycontexturalization is the most associative and the one that still needs thorough empirical research and validation. Therefore, this concept will be discussed in more depth at our second international conference. Five projects from our Collaborative Research Centre will participate with contributions conceptualizing polycontexturalization in terms of its empirical relevance, inviting debate with international theoretical and practical perspectives from nine external researchers.

According to Niklas Luhmann, polycontexturalization is not action-relevant for individual systems, because each system refers to one context only. Thus, polycontexturalization remains a meta-phenomenon that can only be recognized with the help of second-order observations. Contrary to Luhmann, we understand polycontexturalization as the increasing heterogenization of references to action, impacting on the constitution of space, and with a direct significance for organizations and actors. Individual spaces can both be produced by references to different contexts and require the synthesis of these contexts by the actors or producers of space.

We seek to further develop the concept of polycontexturalization from the etymological meaning of „contexture“ as a process of weaving or interacting with regard to the simultaneity of different socio-spatial relations. For the polycontexturalization of action references, we propose testing the usefulness of the reflexive analysis of relational perceptivity, as practiced, for example, in postcolonial thinking, but also in intersectional theory. Here we see the need for a more in-depth discussion, preferably with reference to the empirical material collected in the projects. 


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


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2. International Conference – Polycontextural Spatial Arrangements

SFB 1265
26. February 2020 10:00 – 27. February 2020 19:00 Uhr


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

10:30-10:45 am
Welcome Address

10:45-11:00 am
Opening Statement

11:00-11:30 am
Séverine Marguin
Polycontextural Knowledge Production

11:30-12:00 pm

1:30-3:30 pm Session 1:
Polycontexturalization and Politics of Space and Place

4:00-6:00 pm Session 2:
Polycontexturalization and Governance Regimes

6:15-7:30 pm Keynote
Hubert Knoblauch
The Polycontexturalization of Space


Thursday, February 27, 2020

9:00-10:30 am Keynote
Albena Yaneva
Polycontexturalization and the Archiving of Design

10:30-12:30 pm Session 3:
Polycontexturalization and Politics of the Self

2:00-4:00 pm Session 4:
Polycontexturalization and Politics of Entanglement

4:30-6:30 pm Session 5:
Polycontexturalization and Politics of Smartification

6:30-7:00 pm Wrap-Up