IRS Seminars

In Ergänzung zu der Reihe "IRS International Lectures on Society and Space" bieten die am Institut regelmäßig organisierten "IRS Seminars" vor allem – aber nicht ausschließlich – jungen Gastwissenschaftler*innen im IRS ein Podium für Vorträge mit besonderer Relevanz zu den Forschungen der Forschungsschwerpunkte. Die Seminare sind in der Regel an einen längeren Gastaufenthalt der Forscher*innen gekoppelt und adressieren daher Themen, die auf die gemeinsame Arbeit des Gastes mit dem Forschungsschwerpunkt abzielen.

21. Mai | 2024
IRS Seminar mit Aya Isabel Kleine, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Nach Jahrzehnten neoliberaler und finanzialisierter Wohnungspolitik haben deutsche Kommunen begonnen, eine neue Wohnungspolitik umzusetzen – meist als Ergebnis lokaler sozialer Bewegungen. Die kritische Stadtforschung diskutiert derzeit, inwieweit deshalb von einem Paradigmenwechsel gesprochen werden kann. mehr Info

14. März | 2024

The increasing proliferation of digital platforms and their disruptive potential have been the subject of research in economic geography for several years. However, research on digital platforms in business-to-business relations and the investigation of digital platforms as new intermediaries in global production networks is still in its early stages. This study contributes to this emerging research field by examining the impacts of digital platforms on the organisational and spatial (re-)configurations of global production networks. mehr Info

30. November | 2023
IRS Seminar with Lea Marie Nienhoff, University of Basel
Foto: Herbert Werner Brumm
23. Januar | 2023

Previously marginalized migrants were some of the most negatively impacted by the covid-19 pandemic and governmental responses to it. This article examines how migrant-serving organizations (MSOs), which have grown in importance, responded to the pandemic and interfaced with the local state to facilitate migrants’ rights and access to resources. mehr Info

10. Januar | 2023

This talk will be in English: Die ökologisch devastierte Mondlandschaft im Südraum von Leipzig stellte eine enorme Herausforderung dar, als die Braunkohlenindustrie nach der Wende fast zum Stillstand kam. mehr Info

20. Dezember | 2022
IRS Seminar with Shilla Lee | The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

This presentation examines the emerging post-growth discourse in Japan based on the interconnections between the changing trend in lifestyle migration and the new rurality discourse. In comparison to the observations in the existing literature on lifestyle migration that focus on the agency of an individual’s autonomous decision-making, the recent urban-to-rural lifestyle migration in Japan shows the growing institutional attempts to mobilize its population to tackle Japan’s long-term economic stagnation. mehr Info

11. Oktober | 2022
IRS Seminar with Valeria Lazarenko | Researcher in the Research Area “Politics and Planning”

Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, more than 13 million people have left their homes. 6 millions of them left the country, with around 900 000 took their residency in Germany. However, according to the IOM data, the vast majority of refugees have an intention to come back home in a soon perspective instead of settling down in their current places of residency. mehr Info

27. September | 2022
IRS Seminar with Łukasz Drozda | University of Warsaw
Photo: University of Warsaw

Central and Eastern Europe is often seen as a relatively homogeneous area of the so-called post-socialism, however, both the forms of state socialism itself and its consequences after 1989/1991 take different forms. Over the years, therefore, the theory of the post-socialist city has been contested by some authors, although there is still no consensus on how to define urbanization in this region. mehr Info

12. Juli | 2022
IRS Seminar with Alessandro Coppola | Assistant Professor in Urban Planning at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies at Politecnico di Milano

Italy has been long-time considered the poster child of the southern-European housing regimes, featuring high homeownership rates, relevant housing informality practices, the centrality of families and the residualisation of public housing. 20-year-long stagnation and austerity have not changed these fundamental features, as the state increasingly strengthened its nature as a real-estate state both as a privatizater and developer of its own assets and as an enabler of individual property through mortgage deductions, de-taxation of all primary residences, lower taxes on inter-generational transfers and massive fiscal credits for the retrofitting of both primary and secondary homes. mehr Info

11. Juli | 2022
IRS Seminar with Dr. Claudia Seldin | Associate Researcher at the Center for Metropolitan Studies of the Technische Universität Berlin

In August of 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and following its first strict lockdown, the city of Berlin unveiled its new marketing campaign under the motto “Wir sind ein Berlin” (we are one Berlin). This motto, centered on collaboration and unity, came as a replacement to the former “be berlin” slogan, introduced in 2007 as part of a large set of policies to position Berlin globally as a strong ‘creative city’. mehr Info

27. Juni | 2022

Academic events have been characterised as important meeting spaces for the communication of new knowledge and for networking practices within and across different epistemic communities. This lecture examines the wider question how the global geographies of international academic events have not only reflected but also impacted on changing international knowledge networks in different world regions and been inextricably linked to global geopolitics. mehr Info

16. Mai | 2022
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Between 1948 and 1967, Jerusalem was divided by a “city line”, dividing Jordan (East Jerusalem) from Israel (West Jerusalem). Between the two sections stood one border crossing called “Mandelbaum Gate”. While existing literature on the Gate tends to emphasize its military status – owing in particular to the military convoy that crossed the border on a regular basis – research using sources from that time paints a picture of a border with civilian activity run jointly by two ostensibly warring countries. mehr Info

30. März | 2022
Photo: Bartosz Grześkowiak

The Covid-19 pandemic reorganized the lives of the inhabitants of European societies in many ways, leading, among other things, to the closure and introduction of restrictions on the internal borders of the European Union, thus altering one of its key dimensions, freedom of movement. mehr Info

17. August | 2021
IRS Seminar with Anna-Katharina Brenner, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria

Superblocks – experimental urban planning interventions – challenge urban configurations geared towards car use. Socio-spatial conditions shaping processes of experimentation provide the ground for conflicts, shape material conditions and potential benefits. Drawing on three potential superblock application areas in Vienna, we used an integrated mixed-method approach. mehr Info

27. November | 2020
IRS Seminar with Jaroslav Ira, Charles University, Prague
Foto: Jaroslav Ira

In early 20th century, small towns became an important theme in Czech society. This culminated in the interwar doctrine, movement, and socio-spatial ideology of regionalism. More than just central places for rural surrounding or disseminators of metropolitan culture, small towns were progressively imagined as key agents in socio-cultural rebalancing of Czechoslovakia and counterweighting of centralism and cultural dominance of Prague, and as places, where production of original and high-quality cultural forms and ideas were possible and desirable. mehr Info

26. November | 2020
IRS Seminar with Nir Cohen, Bar Ilan University
Foto: Nir Cohen

The settlement of African migrants in Tel Aviv's southern neighborhoods has elicited much resentment from long-term (Jewish) residents. Infuriated by so-called uneven urban burden-sharing, which worsened already poor living conditions in their neighborhoods, residents took to the streets against local and national policymakers as well as migrants themselves. The result has been a whole decade of tense relations between long-timers and new-comers. mehr Info

05. Oktober | 2020
Foto: Aarhus University, AU Photo

In both urban geography and urban history, scholars have convincingly demonstrated how the modernisation of European cities relied upon the construction of intricate infrastructural networks and the extraction and urbanisation of natural resources. Few studies, however, have so far connected this development to the rise of welfare states and societies in the 20th century Western Europe. Focusing on Copenhagen, this paper addresses the links between urban water, materiality and welfare citizenship in 20th century Denmark. mehr Info

17. März | 2020
Mensch – Fluss – Raum. Die Erkundungen der Oder aus der literaturwissenschaftlichen Perspektive. IRS Seminar mit Dr. Marta J. Bąkiewicz
Foto: Dr. Marta J. Bąkiewicz

Im Rahmen des IRS Seminars wird das Habilitationsprojekt „Literarisierung der Oder in den Werken deutscher und polnischer Autoren/-innen nach 1945“ vorgestellt. Die Projektleiterin setzt sich zum Ziel, anhand literarischer Texte bestimmte Raumtypen zu eruieren, um Rückschlüsse daraus zu ziehen, in welchen Zusammenhängen und Kontexten sich die Oder(raum)bezüge befinden und mit welchen Bildern dies in der schöngeistigen Literatur konzeptualisiert wird. Im Projekt wird die kulturelle und sozial-geschichtliche Semantik des Flusses hinterfragt und die Topoi, die den Werken der polnischen und deutschen Autoren/-innen nach 1945 innewohnen, werden erschlossen. mehr Info

22. Januar | 2020
IRS Seminar with Koen Frenken, Alica Repenning, Anna Oechslen and Angeliki Tzouganatou
06. November | 2019

Jean Hillier will explore the Foucauldian concepts of milieu and environnementalité which recognise interdependent entanglements of the human and non-human in regimes of ecological assemblages. Beings, such as humans, dogs, cats, foxes, rabbits, in Australia constitute themselves through the differential between exterior flows or milieus connecting them to other beings and assemblages and flows or milieus interior to their self. mehr Info

22. Oktober | 2019

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) since 2013 has forged a new spatio-economic connection between China and Europe through the older transport technology of freight trains. Since 2011 when the first China-Europe freight train reached Duisburg in Germany from the megacity of Chongqing in southwestern China, the number of trains and routes have multiplied into diverse and frequent services carrying containerized goods between a large number of regionally varied Chinese cities and major European urban centers. mehr Info

12. September | 2019
IRS Seminar mit Dr. phil. Philipp Altmann, Universidad Central del Ecuador
Foto: Philipp Altmann

Die Indigenenbewegung Ecuadors hat seit den 1970er Jahren verschiedene Begriffe zum Raumverständnis entwickelt. Zuerst hat sie den rein materiellen und produktivistischen Begriff, der damals in Ecuador dominant war, zu einem kulturell gehaltvolleren Begriff von Territorialität erweitert. „Land“ ist schlicht ein Produktionsmittel, „Territorium“ ist der fest definierte Raum, in dem sich die indigene Kultur (auch materiell) reproduziert mehr Info

02. September | 2019

Die Verschärfung räumlicher Disparitäten durch demographische und ökonomische Entwicklungen stellt periphere Räume und ihre Akteure vor komplexe Herausforderungen. In diesem Zusammenhang wird in Wissenschaft und Praxis verstärkt die zentrale Rolle von Schlüsselpersonen aus Politik, Wirtschaft, Verwaltung oder Zivilgesellschaft für Wandlungsprozesse betont. Ausgehend von der räumlichen Einheit der Kleinstädte fokussiert dieses IRS-Seminar auf den Handlungsspielraum (agency) von individuellen Akteuren in lokalen Steuerungs- und Entscheidungsstrukturen. Ziel ist es, unter Berücksichtigung von strukturellen Rahmenbedingungen den Beitrag von Entrepreneurial Individuals zu räumlichen und ökonomischen Wandlungsprozessen genauer zu analysieren. mehr Info

23. Juli | 2019
IRS Seminar with Bianka Plüschke-Altof and Kadri Leetmaa and examples presented by Benjamin Schaarwächter and Fabian Schroth
Fotos (v.l.n.r.): Kadri Leetmaa, Andres Raudjalg

All over Europe rural areas are often affected by out-migration, peripheralisation and a growing backlog in (digital) infrastructure and innovation dynamics. At the same time there are examples of villages in which innovative initiatives develop new, situation- and problem-specific local solutions. The workshop opens the debate on current developments in Estonian and German rural areas, discussing both challenges and innovative opportunities. mehr Info

17. Juni | 2019
IRS Seminar with Dr. Marta Lenartowicz, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Photo: digital records of the Montparnasse Initiative, Paris 2018

While physical social spaces are vessels of interactions which are perplexingly multi-layered – ranging from physical and biochemical to symbolic – perhaps the most distilled condensation of the purely symbolic layer of the social realm can be found in the Cyberspace. There, the only social dynamic which can be actually observed appears as traces of symbol mediated communication. mehr Info

12. Juni | 2019
IRS Seminar with Dr. Taylor Brydges, Stockholm University

The platform economy has disrupted a number of established industries, from automotive to accommodation. A variety of terms are used to refer to the platform economy, including the sharing economy, the collaborative economy, the on-demand economy, and the gig economy. In our research, we prefer the term platform economy because most transactions within this digital realm are far removed from an idealized vision of peer-to-peer sharing, represented by services such as Wikipedia or Napster. There are a variety of types of platforms, including platforms that transform the delivery of traditional services (such as Airbnb and Uber), platforms that act as financial intermediaries (such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo), platforms that mediate work (such as TaskRabbit and Amazon Mechanical Turk), and platforms that serve as virtual retail marketplaces (such as Amazon and Etsy). mehr Info

24. Mai | 2019
IRS Seminar with Johan Lagae, Ghent University
Foto: Sabine Van Cauwenberge

The interdisciplinary and transregional approaches are considered desirable for numerous grant proposals in social sciences and humanities. Yet they pose not only inspiration, but a challenge, due to various ethical and language issues (multilingual team with English as working language, translation of the terminology, different local languages in the focus areas). mehr Info

22. Mai | 2019
IRS Seminar with Dr hab. Prof. UŁ Szymon Marcińczak, University of Łódź

For the last three decades cities on both sides of the Atlantic have been subject to changes induced by new waves of immigrants. And there is a growing number of voices arguing that the swelling number of immigrants along with the ageing and shrinkage of the host (white) populations inevitably lead to what could be coined as a “transition to diversity” or a “third demographic transition”. Large cities, usual ports of entry for immigrants, have been at the forefront of transition to diversity from the onset. Regarding the residential domain, the main trends have been the increase in the ethnic diversity of neighborhoods and the, parallel decline in the number of homogenous, host (white) dominated tracts; also the levels of segregation between the hosts and immigrant groups seem to be declining. mehr Info

13. Mai | 2019

In this paper, I use social sequence analysis to explore patterns of stylistic erraticism and stability in the early-career production of underground electronic music artists. Extant research has paid primary attention to erratic and deviant choices made by established producers who already have a distinctive signature in their respective fields. While stylistic changes and erratic choices have sustained superior performance under certain circumstances, stylistic stability has ben generally identified as beneficial to producers in their creative journeys. However, stylistic experimentation – and therefore erratic behavior – is frequent at the very beginning of one’s career, when a distinctive signature is still to emerge. mehr Info

15. April | 2019
Portrait: Dr. Duygu Cihanger Ribeiro

Although decision-makers involved in urban development have started to recognize the severity of the impact of urban built environment on climate, a sufficient level of action has yet to be achieved particularly at the local level in many countries. Turkey, as a developing country, went into action by publication of the national level plans (i.e. Turkish National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) and Turkish Climate Change Adaptation Plan (TCCAP)) that introduce sets of strategies both for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. mehr Info

13. März | 2019

The practice of coworking is based on the collaboration and knowledge sharing among independent professionals creating collaborative communities, within an open work space. Coworking spaces differ from other shared work spaces (such as business incubators or shared offices) mainly because they have a vision behind, based on the construction of a spirit of community and the collaboration between the members. mehr Info

04. März | 2019
IRS Seminar with Aaron Andrews | Leeds Beckett University

The “inner city” is both a transnational spatial construct—appearing first in urban discourses in the United States in the 1960s before entering the policy lexicon of Britain and Western Europe in the 1970s – and a real place, with nationally- and locally-specific histories. In these various national contexts, the inner city has been linked with a crisis of urban governance. mehr Info

30. Januar | 2019

Using the Berlin case, I discuss how civil society actors have engaged in bordering processes in the aftermath of the 2015 arrivals. To do so, I combine critical border, migration and urban studies and move beyond state-centric approaches, which conceptualize “borders” as fixed territorial lines. Adopting a Foucauldian lens, I focus on bordering practices, understanding them as a dispositif, which operate and are reproduced at multiscalar levels by various state and non-state actors. mehr Info

23. Januar | 2019

This presentation starts with a reflection on an issue that first emerged as I was looking for Amsterdam-based platform/gig workers who would be willing and able to participate in the first Reshaping Work conference I co-organized in 2017: whereas it was relatively easy to find workers delivering food via platforms such as Deliveroo and Uber Eats, I had significantly more trouble finding workers who performed cleaning work for Helpling (the largest domestic cleaning platform in Europe). mehr Info

18. April | 2018
IRS Seminar with Richard Lang, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Institute for Innovation Management, Austria

Recent entrepreneurship literature has highlighted the innovative and problem-solving capacity of social entrepreneurs as promising new actors who tackle the socioeconomic problems of structurally weak rural regions and induce sustainable change. mehr Info

26. Februar | 2018

This talk revisits one of the most under-researched topics in the history of 20th century modern architecture: African and Asian engagements of architects, planners, and construction companies from socialist countries. Upon their arrival to postcolonial Ghana and Nigeria, architects from socialist Hungary, Poland, and Yugoslavia drew analogies between the historical experience of Eastern Europe and West Africa as underdeveloped, colonized, and peripheral. This talk will show how these analogies allowed them to draw upon specific design tools and procedures from Eastern European architectural culture – and how their work in West Africa testified to the limits of these correspondences. mehr Info