The workshop addresses the intersection of two dialectical processes. First, we trace the way people’s practices and imaginations shape spaces. Second, we consider the relationship between individuals and collectives. During the workshop, we will discuss how these dynamics of making space and making collectives are interlinked. In order to realize this agenda, we critically engage the following assumptions:
- Actors shape social spaces and, while doing so, promote or undermine specific spatial formats (Raumformate). At the same time, the particularities of existing spaces impact actors’ practices, orientations, choices, and ideas. As sediments of past practices, durable spatial orderings affect the way actors experience, think about, and shape space. They restrain social action or provoke the desire for change.
- These actions of space-making are generally the outcome of collective action, achieved by people acting in unison as members of specific groups, thereby contributing not just to processes of spatialization, but also to the re-making of bodies that function as ‘collective actors’. This involves an irreducible tension: collectives frame the ways individuals “do” space, while persons might transform and shift collective frameworks impacting processes of spatialization.
Thinking of the practice of “doing” space along these two trajectories will help us to better understand the role actors play in making, changing, and applying spatial formats (Raumformate).
We will start each day with a 45-minute lecture presented by the two keynote speakers, respectively, and subsequent Q&A. We will then spend the remainder of the day discussing research papers written by workshop participants. Discussion papers will be circulated beforehand. In addition, one session will be devoted to the exploration of texts that are key for our understanding of processes of spatialization.
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