Space, Mediation and Diversity Under the Global Condition

Space, Mediation and Diversity Under the Global Condition

IRTG “Diversity: Mediating Difference in Transcultural Spaces” (University of Trier, Saarland University and Université de Montréal); SFB 1199 “Processes of Spatialization Under the Global Condition” (University of Leipzig, Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe and Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography)
SFB 1199, Strohsackpassage, Nikolaistraße 6-10, Leipzig
Vom - Bis
14.12.2016 - 15.12.2016
Antje Dietze, SFB 1199

The upcoming workshop "Space, Mediation and Diversity Under the Global Condition" marks the beginning of a closer institutional cooperation between the International Research Training Group "Diversity: Mediating Difference in Transcultural Spaces" (University of Trier, Saarland University and Université de Montréal) and the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 1199) "Processes of Spatialization Under the Global Condition" (University of Leipzig, Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe and Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography). This event brings together doctoral, postdoctoral and senior researchers of both groups to discuss their current projects as well as to map out overlapping or complementing research objects, methodological approaches and conceptual frameworks.

The IRTG Diversity addresses the contested fields of diversity, multiculturalism, and transnationalism by examining paradigmatic changes and historical transformations in interpreting multicultural realities in North America (Québec and Canada) and Europe (Germany and France) since the 18th century. The SFB's research considers globally influential processes of re-spatialization run by different kinds of actors in or across different world regions. It develops a typology of those spatial formats that have emerged under the global condition and aims at an empirically grounded narrative of the historical change of spatial orders since the later 18th century.

The interest areas of both groups provide a unique chance for projects of different disciplines to advance new perspectives for transnational and trans-area studies and to contribute to a better understanding of the multiple processes of re-spatialization and the mediation of difference under the global condition. The interdisciplinary, transnational and historical focus of the SFB and IRTG provide the common groundwork for this collaborative effort.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016:
10:00 am – 4:30 pm, SFB 1199, Strohsackpassage, Nikolaistraße 6-10, Leipzig:

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Introduction of the research groups by Laurence MCFALLS, Speaker of the IRTG at the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies, Université de Montréal, and Steffi MARUNG, Senior Researcher in the Central Project of the SFB 1199, University of Leipzig

Matthias MIDDELL (SFB 1199, Leipzig)
The French Revolution as a Moment of Re-spatialization

Nari SHELEKPAYEV (IRTG Diversity, Montreal)
What is a Capital City? A Reflection on the Elaboration and Typologies of Contemporary Capital Cities, 1850-2000

Till VAN RAHDEN (IRTG Diversity, Montreal)
Democratic Spaces


1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Megan MARUSCHKE (SFB 1199, Leipzig)
Zones of Reterritorialization: India's Free Trade Zones, 1947-1980s

Mohamed BOUKAYEO (SFB 1199, Leipzig)
Reforming Food Subsidies, Digitizing State-Society Relations: Egypt's Smart Card System

Ahmed HAMILA (IRTG Diversity, Montreal)
Spaces and Power: Migration and Homosexuality

(coffee break)

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Elisabeth TUTSCHEK (IRTG Diversity, Montreal)
Multilingual (Mental) Spaces and the (Un)Translatability of Heterogeneous Narratives

Antje DIETZE (SFB 1199, Leipzig)
Cultural Mediation and Brokerage

(coffee break)

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, Centre for Area Studies, Thomaskirchhof 20, Leipzig:
"Druckfrisch" Book Launch, in collaboration with the Centre for Area Studies and the European Network in Universal and Global History

Ulf Engel, Heidrun Zinecker, Frank Mattheis, Antje Dietze, Thomas Plötze, eds., The New Politics of Regionalism. Perspectives from Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific (Routledge 2016)
Moderation: Jon SCHUBERT, Centre for Area Studies, Leipzig

Reception at CAS followed by conference dinner at restaurant

Thursday, December 15, 2016:
10:00 am – 1:30 pm, SFB 1199, Strohsackpassage, Nikolaistraße 6-10, Leipzig:

10:00 am – 11:30 am
Gabriele PISARZ-RAMIREZ (SFB 1199, Leipzig)
Spatial Fictions: Imagining Space in the Southern and Western Peripheries of the 19th-century United States

Eva BISCHOFF (IRTG Diversity, Trier)
Looking for an Elm Tree: Imagining Settler Space / Time in 1830s Van Diemen's Land

Ninja STEINBACH-HÜTHER (SFB 1199, Leipzig)
Geographic Societies and Spatial Imaginations. The Example of Marseille in a Global Context

(coffee break)

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Nikolas SCHALL (IRTG Diversity, Trier)
The World Social Forum in Montreal as an Illustration of a Utopian Space – Understanding Social Complexity by Using the Concept of a "Global Assemblage"

Laurence MCFALLS (IRTG Diversity, Montreal)
Spaces of Memory

Closing discussion on future collaboration

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Farewell lunch


Universität Leipzig

SFB 1199: "Verräumlichungsprozesse unter Globalisierungsbedingungen"
Nikolaistraße 6-10, D-04109 Leipzig
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