IRS Spring Academy: Investigating Space(s)

In the past two decades the interdisciplinary field between spatial and social sciences has undergone an extraordinarily dynamic development with a high potential for innovation. On the one hand, many social-scientific disciplines performed a “spatial turn” and became more interested in integrating spatial concepts and terminology. On the other hand, disciplines like human geography or spatial planning, understand space less as an exclusive object of analysis and instead emphasis a “spatial perspective” as a shared ontological ground. This has opened up a broad “trading zone” within which novel conceptualizations of space and spatiality are negotiated in an interdisciplinary field. Against this background, the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS) together with different academic partners and supported by the Volkswagen Foundation launches a series of three successive Spring Academies entitled “Investigating Space(s): Current Theoretical and Methodological Approaches”. This series of events funded by the Volkswagen Foundation 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.

The first IRS Spring Academy "Temporality and Procedurality" was held from May 2 to May 5, 2017, in Erkner and Berlin. The follow-up was held from May 22 to May 25 and was focused on "Virtuality and Socio-Materiality". The concluding event is scheduled for early summer of 2019.

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Investigating Space(s): Current Theoretical and Methodological Approaches: Temporality and Procedurality

Across a number of disciplines, there has been a growing interest for an integrated view at spatial patterns and temporal dynamics, such as the spatio-temporal analysis of innovative and creative processes, the spread of policies across space or the path-dependent development of technologies, social networks and institutions. more infos

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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