Spatial Formats: Concepts, Historicity and Approaches towards Typologies

First Annual Conference of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199


The first annual conference of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199 brings together expertise from different disciplines and world regions in order to test and discuss the conceptual proposal of spatial formats and approaches to develop a typology. Addressing both German and international academia, the conference represents one of the key arenas in which the research programme of the SFB can be discussed with a wider and interdisciplinary academic community.


Thursday, 6 October
Venue: SFB 1199, Strohsackpassage, Nikolaistraße 6-10, 5th Floor

3:00 pm
Registration and Welcome Coffee

3:30 pm
Welcome and Introduction – Ursula Rao (Leipzig)

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Session 1: Methodological and Conceptual Approaches

  • Chair: Ursula Rao (Leipzig)
  • Ute Wardenga (Leipzig), Spatialization, spatial orders and spatial formats: Discussing central terms of the SFB
  • Matthias Middell (Leipzig), Spatial formats and the transformation of the world during the 19th century
  • Judith Miggelbrink (Leipzig), Assemblages as a conceptual tool to identify spatial formats?


7:00 pm
Venue: InterCityHotel Leipzig, Tröndlinring 2
Evening Keynote Lecture

  • Bob Jessop (Lancaster), Spatio-temporal fixes and multi-spatial metagovernance
  • Introduction and Moderation: Sebastian Lentz (Leipzig)


8:30 pm Reception


Friday, 7 October
Venue: InterCityHotel Leipzig, Tröndlinring 2

9:00 am – 11:00 am: Session 2: International Relations and Geopolitics

  • Chair: Nikolas Broy (Leipzig)
  • Ulf Engel (Leipzig), Regionalisms in Africa
  • Heidrun Zinecker (Leipzig), Geopolitics and territory: Taboos and myths Gilad Ben-Nun (Verona), The birth of ‘international space’: The example of UNHCR’s Executive Committee (ExCom) establishment


11:30 am – 12:45 pm

  • Keynote Lecture (via Skype) Glenda Sluga (Sydney), Seeking out international spaces, 1900–1990 Introduction and Moderation: Ursula Rao (Leipzig)

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Break

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Session 3: Geography and Cartography

  • Chair: Ninja Steinbach-Hüther (Leipzig)
  • Gustav E. Visser (Stellenbosch), The origin and growth of geography as a discipline at South African universities: Early 1900s to 2016
  • Sebastian Lentz & Jana Moser (Leipzig), Visualizing globalization – In search for a typology


3:15 pm – 4:45 pm: Session 4: Urban Spaces and Portals of Globalization

  • Chair: Antje Dietze (Leipzig)
  • Bernd Belina (Frankfurt/Main), The urban form and some spatial forms that form the urban
  • Geert Castryck (Leipzig), Disentangling the city: Positioning imperial cities, metropolitan cities, colonial cities and settler cities in colonial Africa and Europe


5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Session 5: Empire, Nation State and Bloc

  • Chair: Adam Jones (Leipzig)
  • Holger Weiß (Turku), Hamburg Rothesoodstrasse 8 – Global space and non-place?
  • Frank Hadler & Uwe Müller (Leipzig), The Eastern bloc and the global Cold War: A spatial format in a spatial order?
  • Steffi Marung (Leipzig), From empire to nation? The transformation of empires, decolonization and the proliferation of spatial formats


7:30 pm Conference Dinner


Saturday, 8 October
Venue: InterCityHotel Leipzig, Tröndlinring 2

9:00 am – 11:00 am: Session 6: Economic Spaces and Commodity Chains

  • Chair: Katja Werthmann (Leipzig)
  • Marc Boeckler (Frankfurt/Main), Global territories and contemporary supply chain capitalism
  • Sarah Ruth Sippel (Leipzig), Commodity chains as “spatial formats”? Conceptual perspectives
  • Hannes Warnecke-Berger (Leipzig), The spatial turn and economics: Emerging transnational space economies as spatial formats


11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Concluding Roundtable – Making Sense of a Turbulent Present: The Debate about Spatial Formats at Times of Brexit and Refugee Drisis

  • Chair: Ulf Engel
  • Discussants: Marc Boeckler, Bob Jessop, Matthias Middell, Judith Miggelbrink


1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Farewell lunch

If you are interested in participating in the conference or wish to receive further information, please contact Dr. Steffi Marung ( or Dr. Ute Rietdorf at:

Universität Leipzig
SFB 1199: “Verräumlichungsprozesse unter Globalisierungsbedingungen”
Nikolaistraße 6-10, 5th Floor
D-04109 Leipzig



[ 6 October, 3–6 pm ] SFB 1199, Strohsackpassage, Nikolaistraße 6-10, 5th floor, 04109 Leipzig

[ 6 October Keynote Lecture & 7 – 8 October] InterCityHotel Leipzig, Tröndlinring 2, 04105 Leipzig