The range of our events is based on the IRS´s self-understanding as providing both the sciences and society with information. In so far, the IRS events represent the lively communication of knowledge to the scientific community, however also to the sub-fields of politics, economy, administration, society and media. International and national congresses as well as other events, such as International Lectures, the IRS seminars or the Regional Talks, communicate the knowledge collected by our research departments while at the same time being open to new stimulations for research at the IRS.

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IRS International Lecture
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Photo: © chuttersnap/
24. April | 2018
12th IRS International Lecture on Society and Space with Neil M. Coe

It has become something of a truism to state that logistics (a) are crucial to the everyday workings of the global economy and (b) they have been largely neglected by social scientists. Recent work under the banner of critical logistics, however, has started to address this lacuna, revealing the different geopolitical, military, labour and infrastructural logics that underpin the global movements of commodities on which we all depend. In this presentation I identify a persistent gap in this emerging field relating to the study of the firms that actually coordinate global logistical services, the so-called third party logistics (3PL) providers. In my recent work I have been exploring the organizational geographies of the leading 3PL firms in the Asia-Pacific, the largest and fastest growing regional market for logistics in the world more infos

IRS Spring Academy
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Photo: Jozsef Bagota/
22. May | 2018 - 25. May | 2018
Investigating Space(s): Current Theoretical and Methodological Approaches: Virtuality and Socio-Materiality

The IRS Spring Academy 2018 focuses on the manifold impacts of digitalization and on related social scientific ways of conceiving space. Digitalization circumscribes a technological revolution, encompassing all kinds of rapidly developing information and communication technologies, but in particular the rise of the Internet. If initially the discourse on digital geographies was characterized by the spatially unequal access to the Internet (“digital divide”) and on infrastructural topics and impacts on regional development, more recently the focus of the debate has shifted towards the ubiquity of online worlds. The IRS Spring Academy gives early stages researchers the opportunity to discuss corrent theoretical and methodological trends in spatial research and to present his or her own research to an international audience. more infos

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  • Breaking the Rules! Energy Transitions as Social Innovations
    International Conference of the Leibniz Research Alliance on Energy Transitions
    June 14-15, 2018, Berlin
    Call for Abstracts is open until March 15, 2018.
  • Exporting Socialism, Making Business? Intercultural Transfer, Circulation and Appropriations of Architecture in the Cold War Period
    International Conference
    June 21-22, 2018, Erkner

There will be more detailed information available for these events in the near future.