The Rise and Fall of Spatial Orders: Historical Narratives and Geopolitical Imaginaries

Fourth Annual Conference of the SFB 1199 “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition” (Leipzig U)


Processes of globalization are not characterized by the dissolution of spatial orders, but rather by continuous and profound reorganizations of these orders. Globalization processes are inherently characterized by such processes of respatialization, which become particularly intense in specific times (critical junctures) and places (portals of globalization) where such processes crystalize and become interconnected. Focusing on the complex interplay between imaginations and practices contributing to the definition and implementation of spatial orders, the fourth annual conference of the SFB 1199 addresses different forms of spatial ordering, efforts to stabilize spatial orders, and challenges arising from these.

If you are interested in participating in the conference or wish to receive further information, please contact Dr. Ute Rietdorf ( Conference participation is free; however, we would be grateful to receive a short note of your intention to come by 23 September 2019 for organizational matters.


Monday, 30 September 2019

12:00 pm
Registration and Refreshments

1:00 pm–3:00 pm
The transformation of imperial space: The spatial format(s) “empire” across spatial orders (17th–20th c.) Part I

  • Chair: Geert Castryck (Leipzig U)
  • Marina Bezzi (Independent Researcher): Geo-historical spatial orders in English and French support for colonial expansion in the 1580s
  • Matthias Middell (Leipzig U): From empire to nation-state with imperial extension: Examples from a fundamental transformation of spatial orders at the turn of the 18th and 19th century
  • Megan Maruschke (Leipzig U): 1789 and the new spatial format for empire: The nation-state with imperial extensions
  • Tanja Bührer (U Bern): The changing significance of “empire” in the long 19th century and the implications on imaginations of space

Coffee Break

3:30 pm–5:30 pm
The transformation of imperial space: The spatial format(s) “empire” across spatial orders (17th–20th c.) Part II

  • Chair: Megan Maruschke (Leipzig U)
  • Maria Ivanova (HSE Moscow): The concept of “Great Power” and the changing of spatial order, 1870–1914: The case of the Russian Empire
  • Julio Decker (U Bristol): Lines in the sand: Colonial railroads and territorialization in German Southwest Africa, 1898–1914
  • Geert Castryck (Leipzig U): Berlin’s Africa and the evolution from an inter-imperial to an international order, 1880s–1920s
  • Anne-Isabelle Richard (U Leiden): European empire(s): The colonial case for European cooperation

Coffee Break

6:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Cemil Aydin (U North Carolina at Chapel Hill): Global space of the Muslim world: Geopolitics, race and religion

7:30 pm Dinner

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

9:00 am–11:00 am
Making the nation state in the context of shifting world orders

  • Chair: Steffi Marung (Leipzig U)
  • Alberto Masoero (U Turin): Imperial disorder? The Siberian land survey and the politics of spatial approximation
  • Mariusz Lukasiewicz (Leipzig U): Gold, industry and race: The South African Republic at the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle
  • Lasse Heerten (Ruhr U Bochum): Portal of re-urbanization: The free port of Hamburg and the transpatial making of a modern port city, c. 1880–1910
  • Discussant: Elisabeth Kaske (Leipzig U)

Coffee Break

11:30 am–1:30 pm
(Inter)Regionalisms contested and connected: Cold War blocs and new regionalisms in Africa

  • Chair: Sarah Sippel (Leipzig U)
  • Steffi Marung (Leipzig U): Interregionalisms in the Cold War: The bloc and the Global South
  • Uwe Müller (GWZO Leipzig): Economic East-South-relations in the Cold War. Interests and prospects around 1980
  • Ulf Engel & Jens Herpolsheimer (both Leipzig U): Africa-European interregionalism after the end of the Cold War
  • Discussant: Anja Jetschke (U Göttingen)

1:30 pm Lunch Break

2:30 pm–4:30 pm
Religious actors: Interventions in spatial orders and transregional connections

  • Chair: Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez (Leipzig U)
  • Christoph Kleine (Leipzig U): Transregional networks, spatial imaginaries, and heterotopias: Religious actors as creators, inventors and interpreters of spatial orders
  • Nikolay Kamenov (Graduate Institute Geneva): Global protestant missions and the nation-state, 1830–1970
  • Ahmet Gencturk (U Rome/ Ruhr U Bochum): American protestant missionaries in Greece: Discourses, practices, and consequences (1821–1841)
  • Jens Reinke (Leipzig U): Parochial cosmopolitanism: Negotiating Chineseness in a global Buddhist China

Coffee Break

7:00 pm Dinner

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

9:00 am–11:00 am
Challenges to present spatial orders

  • Chair: Katharina Döring (Leipzig U)
  • Frank Meyer (IfL Leipzig) & Judith Miggelbrink (TU Dresden): Transformatory work: A conceptual approach towards an understanding of the role micro-practices in changing spatial order(s)
  • Khalid Wasim Hassan (Central U Kashmir): Militarisation and spatial orders: Re-production of public spaces in the conflict zone of Indian-administered Kashmir
  • Melinda Harlov-Csortán (Hungarian Academy of Sciences): Protection and heritagization as a new spatial reordering factor: The example of the Fertő-Neusiedlersee cultural landscape UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Srividya Balasubramanian (Leipzig U): Every village, connected: Variable spatial orders as imagined and actually existing in “Digital India”

Coffee Break

11:30 am–1:30 pm
Cartography between spatial formats and spatial orders

  • Chair: Sebastian Lentz (IfL Leipzig)
  • Matthew Edney (U Southern Maine): Cosmography, geopolitics, and the terraqueous globe: Competing global imaginaries in 18th- and 19th-century Europe
  • Jana Moser, Sebastian Lentz, Pierre Cherrier & Laura Pflug (all IfL Leipzig): Communicating spatial orders by means of visual concepts: Educational atlases in the 20th century
  • Jasper Trautsch (HU Berlin): The emergence of a new spatial world order: World maps and globes in mass media in the mid-20th century
  • Discussant: Katja Naumann (GWZO Leipzig)

1:30 pm Farewell Lunch