Cross-sectional Teams

The collaborative research centre CRC 1265 has institutionalised the format of cross-sectional team-building with a view to promoting and bringing together joint work from individual projects and project areas. The following cross-sectional teams have formed on issues relevant across all project areas:

  • Planned space – appropriated space
  • Planning processes and procedures
  • Public sphere
  • Social inequalities, inclusion and exclusion
  • Security, power and control
  • Migration and mobility
  • Time and space


The CRC organisation chart maps cross-sectional teams to individual research projects. Cross-sectional teams consist of researchers from at least two different project areas and various individual projects for whom the cross-sectional topic appears to be particularly relevant. The teams connect projects and researchers on a voluntary basis, provided that each individual project is involved in at least two different cross-sectional groups. The format offers creative opportunities within the CRC to accommodate new relevant topics proactively introduced by researchers at any time. The participation of MGK doctoral candidates in the cross-sectional groups is actively encouraged and promoted.

While the central project areas set out to operationalise the concept of re-figuration by identifying three relevant aspects: (A) knowledge of space, (C) circulation and order, as well as – on a mediating level – (B) spaces of communication, cross-sectional groups will systematically address key issues arising in individual projects aiming to ensure the successful realisation and integration of different projects, theories and findings across key areas. One central issue is the question how spaces systematically relate to one another. Three cross-sectional groups have formed to address this problem: Planned space – appropriated space; Planning processes and procedures and Public sphere.

  • “Planned space – appropriated space”

    The relationship between planned space and appropriated space – including the question of how urban planning/architecture and the social sciences interact – is a key issue to be explored. It has been topical and regularly referred to since Lefebvre’s proposal (2000, original 1974), although the processes of how acts of appropriation lead to changes in planning actions, and how changes in the knowledge about planning impact our everyday lives have not yet been systematically researched. The cross-sectional group rethinks the re-figuration of spaces as a relation between knowledge of space and strategies of conventionalisation in planning contexts.

    Contact: Prof. Dr. Angela Million

  • “Planning processes and procedures”

    This cross-sectional group analyses planning processes and procedures employed in the cases under examination by individual research projects and asks whether circulation procedures are of a translocal nature involving similar expectations with regard to the constitution of space. The group also investigates challenges for planning processes from the point of view of re-figuration to find out to what extent planning itself contributes to the re-figuration of spaces.

    Contact: Prof. Dr. Jan-Peter Voß

  • “Public sphere”

    The cross-sectional group “Public sphere” investigates the relationship between the constitution of space and the public sphere. Different conceptions of what counts as “the public” in individual research projects are compared and discussed. Taking into account different types of publics in the academic literature, empirical characteristics and the relevance to central questions of the CRC will be assessed. We seek to show how and in what way processes of spatial constitution impact on the emergence and dynamics of different publics.

    Contact: Volkan Sayman

A second cross-sectional key issue is whether re-figuration leads to new balances of power, which includes the question how space becomes a resource in power struggles. The perspective is here on the effects of re-figuration processes. The following cross-sectional groups have formed for this task: “Social inequalities, inclusion and exclusion”, “Security, power and control” and “Migration and mobility”.

  • “Social inequalities, inclusion and exclusion”

    The cross-sectional team “Social inequalities, inclusion and exclusion” focuses on the socio-structural implications of the re-figuration of spaces, with particular emphasis on effects on class and gender relations, and ethnic groups. The key question is: Which social group is affected by which including or excluding effects in re-figuration processes?

    Contact: Robert Vief/ Fabian Gülzau

  • “Security, power and control”

    The cross-sectional group “Security, power and control” analyses re-figuration processes from the point of view of theories of power, asking how space becomes a resource in conflicts over power between actors, and how concepts and expectations of security and control might impact the process of re-figuration. Shedding light on possible effects of changes in power relations for the constitution of space, it raises the question of how they are interlinked with current political developments.

    Contact: Joshua Schröder

  • “Migration and mobility”

    The cross-sectional group “Migration and mobility” specifically deals with the influence of increasing migratory movements on processes of the constitution of space. Social and spatial implications of increased mobility in general and flight-related migratory flows caused in particular will be analysed in their correlation to the re-figuration of spaces.

    Contact: N.N.

Another cross-sectional topic arises from the process-oriented approach of the research centre CRC 1265: The interconnections of time and space

  • “The interconnections of time and space“

    Specific forms of spatial constitution are connected to specific forms of time-constitution (Weidenhaus, 2015), and processes of polycontexturalisation show similarities to processes of acceleration, which is why a systematic exploration of the temporal dynamics in the constitution of space merits to be a cross-sectional topic in its own right.

    Contact: Prof. Dr. Gabriela Christmann