Project Areas

To capture the characteristics of re-figuration in empirical research in analytically meaningful ways, we investigate subjective experiences and knowledge of space as well as spatial interrelations between circulation and order, and, as mediating elements, communicative actions, interactions and practices connected with them. Empirical research is thus organised into 15 individual projects in the following project areas: “Knowledge of Space”, “Spaces of Communication”, “Circulation and Order” and “Artistic Research and Public Relations”.

Project Area A | Knowledge of Space

Project area A analyses the constitution of and changes in the subjective experiences and knowledge of space. Until the 1980s the assumption that spatial environments were homogenous was taken for granted. Since then, we have seen territorial formations interconnecting and overlapping with novel forms of localisation, networking and re-scaling. Against this background, the project area A investigates emotional aspects of the (re-)constitution of space in new contexts (as a result of rootlessness, relocation, loss of a sense of continuity and consistency, etc.), and analyses knowledge contents relating to space, including the knowledge of controlling, linking and placing.

Spokeswoman: Prof. Dr. Ilse Helbrecht

Project Area B | Spaces of Communication

Project area B reconstructs re-figuration processes of space in view of the increasing mediatisation of communicative acts since the late 1960s. In every communicative act at least two placings are correlated, i.e. it necessarily implies a spatial dimension. The emergence and proliferation of technical communication infrastructures and media – that’s our hypothesis – have led to significant changes in both spatial placing and synthesising capacities linked to them. Projects in area B examine professional contexts with actors formally in charge of the constitution of space on the one hand, and actors in contexts of everyday life making use of cutting-edge smart technologies on the other.

Spokeswoman: Prof. Dr. Gabriela Christmann

Project Area C | Circulation and Order

The analytical focus of project area C is on the reciprocal relationship between circulation and order formation, which, as we see it, constitute one another. Circulation means movement of people, goods and technologies between different places. Contrary to earlier ideas in theories of globalisation we start from the assumption that the spatial dissolution of boundaries always produces new forms of boundaries, i.e. circulation is not an unsystematic, free flow of entities but proceeds along orderly paths with reliable transition points and follow-up operations. The research projects examine different types of circulation and disruption, as well as their reifications in material forms.

Spokeswoman: Dr. Johanna Hoerning

Artistic Research and Public Relations

Using artistic research methods and three case studies from Berlin, Dogil Maeul and Shenzen, the project Ö “Migrationg Spaces and Tourism” explores how migration and tourism inscribe themselves into the physical-symbolical surface and composition of the built environment. Topics and methodologies of individual SFB research projects will be integrated into the artistic approach, and research results will finally be translated into an art exhibition to reach a wider national and international public.