Tandem Cooperation

An important format to ensure the integration of the collaborative research process are our theory tandems, which elaborated the sensitizing concepts (mediatization, polycontexturalization and translocalization), based on the empirical work produced in our subprojects, and thereby helped advance the related methodological discussion. The theory tandems are annually changing teams consisting of project leaders who, together with the coordinators of the CRC, are responsible for integrating the results of individual projects and cross-sectional groups, principally by organising the annual conference and other event formats. Each theory tandem is, moreover, tasked with elaborating one central theoretical desideratum of the CRC’s agenda during their term and, in doing so, organises the joint theory building along the lines of their annual topic.

Theory Tandem 1 (2018/19)
The constitution of space in different cultures (Nina Baur/Angela Million)

The first tandem, consisting of sociologist Nina Baur and planning scientist Angela Million, addressed the overall theme of “cultural comparison” by focusing on the constitution of space in different cultures. During those first two semesters, the foundations for a common theoretical understanding and vocabulary were laid in various events and conferences:


The tandem’s findings will be published in the special issue “The Re-Figuration of Spaces and Cross-Cultural Comparison” in the journal FQS and in the edited volume “Spatial Transformations. Kaleidoscopic Perspectives on the Refiguration of Spaces” in the series “Re-Figuration of Spaces” published by Routledge.

Theory Tandem 2 (2019/20)
Polycontexturalization and new spatial arrangements (Jörg Stollmann/Gunter Weidenhaus)

The second tandem, established by architect Jörg Stollmann and sociologist Gunter Weidenhaus, concentrated on the concept of “polycontexturalization” and thereby took a closer look at one of the three key concepts of the CRC 1265. In the course of various events and discussions, they have been able to confirm polycontexturalization as a characteristic of Refiguration, while at the same time expanding and sharpening the concept.

The tandem’s findings were published in the special issue “Polycontexturalization: A Spatial Phenomenon” in the online journal sozialraum.de.

Theory Tandem 3 (2020/21)
Re-Figuration (Hubert Knoblauch/Martina Löw)

The third theory tandem was formed by the two CRC sociologists and spokespersons Martina Löw and Hubert Knoblauch. This tandem focuses on the topic of “refiguration”, a key concept of the research center. Their tasks include the organisation of internal conferences and plenums as well as the theoretical development of the research program for the second term.

The results of this tandem will be published in the edited volume “Communicative Constructions and the Refiguration of Spaces. Theoretical Approaches and Empirical Studies”.

Theory Tandem 4 (2021)
Translocalization (Philipp Misselwitz/ Johanna Hoerning)

The fourth tandem consists of architect Philipp Misselwitz and sociologist Johanna Hoerning and attends to the overall topic of translocalization. It will also host the fourth annual conference of the CRC, which will be the closing event of CRC’s first phase.

As an innovative format of science communication, the theory tandem has developed an engaging concept for the visual presentation of the CRC 1265’s project results in the form of a “visual reader” as well as an installation to be implemented in the context of the CRC fourth annual conference. These initiatives aim to familiarise a broader public with the research questions, hypotheses and results of the CRC through a close cooperation with graphic designers and artists. The resulting book “Räume in Veränderung. Ein visuelles Lesebuch” will be published by Jovis Verlag in September.