Imaginations and Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition

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


The third annual conference of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition” analyses the role of imagination(s) in making and changing spatial formats and spatial orders under the global condition in both past and present. The conference is part of a larger endeavour of the SFB 1199 at Leipzig University to develop a typology of spatial formats as well as a historical narrative about the change of spatial orders under the global condition. Examining different social and historical contexts, the scholars at the SFB first explore the intentions, practices, and imaginations of different groups of actors that lead to the development of spatial formats, such as empires, nation states, enclaves, or commodity chains. Second, they consider how these spatial formats are combined to form complex spatial orders and how this has changed, and continues to change, over time. Third, the scholars investigate the visualization and imagination of already established as well as of alternative spatial formats and orders. The annual conferences develop the notions of spatial formats and spatial orders as heuristic tools and deploy them for the analysis of concrete historical processes of re-patialization.

The conference will focus on practices, methods, modes and forms of imaginations which are developed, applied and/or challenged by actors in different times and places, investigating dynamics in different world regions in comparative and transregional perspectives: How is space produced through the perceptions, reflections, imaginations of actors under the global condition? How are these spatial imaginations driving and legitimating different globalization projects? Which actors are involved in these dynamics, which modes and forms of spatial imaginations emerge, are challenged, or become pluralized?

If you are interested in participating in the conference or wish to receive further information, please contact Dr. Steffi Marung ( or Dr. Ute Rietdorf ( A conference fee will not be charged but we ask kindly for registration until Friday, 28 September 2018.


Thursday, 4 October

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Opening and Introduction

1:30 pm – 3.00pm and 3:30 pm –5:00 pm (with Coffee Break)
Panel 1: Imagining the world: Cartography, the arts and cultural practices

  • Chair: Matthias Middell (Leipzig)
  • Maren Möhring (Leipzig): The “world under one roof“. Arranging and performing “the world“ in the entertainment complex “Haus Vaterland“ in Berlin
  • Elize Mazadiego (Leuven): Conceptual cartography: Charting conceptual art’s global imaginary
  • Pierre Cherrier (Leipzig): From the principle of terrestrial unity to the world system: Imagining the world in French atlases and textbooks
  • Laura Pflug (Leipzig): Re-mapping the world: Chinese atlases from periods of historical transition
  • Nilanjana Mukherjee (New Delhi): Deconstructing the frontier in the Himalayas: Reading spatial alterities

Coffee Break

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

  • Derek Gregory (Vancouver), Other wars imagined: Visuality, spatiality and corpography
  • Introduction: Sebastian Lentz (Leipzig)


7:30 pm: Dinner


Friday, 5 October

9:30 am – 11:00 am
Panel 2: Transforming the empire: Spatial imaginations through the lens of the urban and the frontier

  • Chair: Steffi Marung (Leipzig)
  • Tracie Wilson (Halle/ Leipzig): Seduction in the provincial city: Lviv as center and periphery in late Habsburg Galicia
  • Kristina Jonutytė (Halle): Imaginaries, identity and belonging in a Siberian urban renewal: Partial worlds in the indigenisation of Post-Soviet Ulan-Ude
  • Chechesh Kudachinova (Ongudai), “About this part of the world that is so important to us”: The “Great Imaginary Game” and Russian spatial perceptions of Central Asia

Coffee Break

11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Panel 3: Competing imaginations of territoriality

  • Chair: Antje Dietze (Leipzig)
  • Ursula Rao (Leipzig): Virtual gaps and spatial imaginations in India’s urban banking infrastructure
  • Geert Castryck (Leipzig): Conflicting imaginations of territory in Berlin’s Africa: Colonial border disputes in the Great Lakes Region (1890-1925)
  • Kai Roder (Leipzig): Tearing down fences, building walls: The state, territoriality and the nation in Tanzania’s neo-extractive turn


1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Lunch

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Panel 4: Imagining emancipation transregionally: Decolonization and anti-slavery movements

  • Chair: Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez (Leipzig)
  • Martha Schoolman (Florida): The country and the city in the hemispheric 1850s
  • Claudia Rauhut (Leipzig/ Berlin): Framing global reparatory justice: The Caribbean case for slavery reparations
  • Ernst van der Wal (Stellenbosch): ‘All that Red – that’s my dream’: Rhodes and the spatial realization of race, gender and sexuality

Coffee Break

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Panel 5: Roundtable: Spatial Imaginations (Maren Möhring/ Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez/ Ute Wardenga, all Leipzig)

6:30 pm: Dinner


Saturday, 6 October

9:30 am – 11:00 am
Panel 6: Imaginations from a perspective of re-figuration of space

  • Chair: Sebastian Lentz (Leipzig)
  • Janina Dobrusskin/ Ylva Kürten (Berlin): Photo elicitation method as an approach towards geographical imaginations
  • Nina Baur (Berlin): Spatial knowledge in consumer-producer interactions
  • Arne Janz/ Joshua Schröder (Berlin): Control centres as places of imagination of a polycontextural spatiality
  • Martin Schinagl (Berlin): Machines of spatial imagination: Digital agency in urban planning


11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Panel 7: Re-imagining the global economy

  • Chair: Ulf Engel (Leipzig)
  • Alexander van Wickeren (Cologne): Imperial markets and agricultural science: Global imaginations, tobacco cultivation and expert cultures in the Upper Rhine region around mid-19th century
  • Crister S. Garrett (Leipzig): The Trump presidency, critical geopolitical agency and the contested politics of Transpacific geoeconomics
  • Robrecht Declercq (Ghent): Competing Copperbelts: Spatial imaginations of Katanga (Belgian Congo) as a modern mining space (1900-1930)


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Concluding Discussion

2:00 pm: Farewell Lunch