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.