‘Bloc’ and ‘Region’ – Distinct Spatial Formats in Different Globalization Projects?

Ulf Engel (SFB 1199 & Leipzig U), Steffi Marung (SFB 1199 & Leipzig U)

The weekly colloquium of the Collaborative Research Centre provides a forum for presentations by external guests as well as by members of the SFB 1199 within a tailored thematic framework. The format helps to create a common ground for discussion between guests, the Collaborative Research Centre, as well as the wider academic public. The complete program can be found here.

Steffi Marung (A07) and Ulf Engel (B07) will discuss how the spatial formats of ‘bloc’ and ‘region’ can be related to each other by associating them with specific globalization projects. In this context, different theoretical points of departure will be introduced for our interdisciplinary discussion. These can be characterized on the one hand as a historical perspective, which situates ‘bloc’ and ‘region’ in particular chronologies and temporalities from the late 19th to the late 20th century, contributing to larger global history narratives. On the other hand, a systematic approach, based on empirical reconstructions of specific regions and regionalisms (e.g. the African Union) contributing to typological considerations. This joint presentation aims at providing starting points for a wider discussion to sharpen the SFB’s group debate on spatial formats, spatial orders, and globalization projects.

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