Tandem Cooperation

An important format to ensure the integration of the collaborative research process are our theory tandems, which further refined our sensitizing concepts (mediatization, polycontexturalization and translocalization), based on the empirical work conducted in the subprojects, and thereby helped advance the related methodological discussion. The theory tandems are annually changing teams consisting of project leaders, who, alongside the spokespersons of the CRC, are responsible for integrating the results of individual subprojects and cross-sectional groups, principally by organizing the annual conference and other event formats. Each theory tandem is moreover tasked with elaborating one central theoretical desideratum of the CRC’s agenda during their term and, in doing so, organizes the joint theory building along the lines of their annual topic.

Current Theory-Tandem (2022/23)
New Spatial Arrangements (Silke Steets/Ignacio Farías)

The theory tandem, consisting of the sociologist Silke Steets and the anthropologist Ignacio Farías, concerns itself with the identification and description of new spatial arrangements which are constituted in the course of the refiguration of spaces. An international conference on the topic will take place in 2023.

Planned Theory-Tandems
Theory-Tandem (2023/24)
Conflicts (Barbara Pfetsch/Hubert Knoblauch)

The theory tandem will focus on new spatial conflicts that accompany current processes of change, asking how and when spatial conflicts arise from tensions in and between spatial figures. A corresponding international conference is planned for 2024.

Theory-Tandem (2024/25)
Multiple Spatialities (Nina Baur/Stefan Kirchner)

The theory tandem will be dedicated to the concept of multiple spatialities, which is central to the CRC’s work. This concept focuses on variations of refiguration and provides a new conceptual approach to the methodological question of comparison. An international conference on the topic is planned for 2025.

Previous Theory Tandems