Tandem Cooperation

An important format to ensure the integration of the collaborative research are our annually changing, interdisciplinary theory tandems consisting of two project leaders. Together with the coordinators of the CRC they are responsible for integrating approaches and results from individual projects and cross-sectional groups by organising the annual conference and other event formats. Each theory tandem will focus on one important theoretical desideratum of the CRC agenda during their term of office, organising joint theory building along the lines of their annual topic.

Theory Tandem 1 (2018/19)
The constitution of space in different cultures (Nina Baur/Angela Million)

The first tandem, consisting of sociologist Nina Baur and planning scientist Angela Million, addressed the overall theme of “cultural comparison” by focusing on the constitution of space in different cultures. During those first two semesters, the foundations for a common theoretical understanding and vocabulary were laid in various events and conferences:


The results and insights of this tandem will be published in a special issue titled “The Re-Figuration of Spaces and Cross-Cultural Comparison” of the journal FQS as well as in the Edited volume “Spatial Transformations. The Effect of Mediatization, Mobility, and Social Dislocation on the Re-Figuration of Spaces” in the series “Re-Figuration of Spaces” published by Routledge.

Theory Tandem 2 (2019/20)
Polycontexturalization and new spatial arrangements (Jörg Stollmann/Gunter Weidenhaus)

The second tandem, established by architect Jörg Stollmann and sociologist Gunter Weidenhaus, concentrated on the concept of “polycontexturalization” and thereby took a closer look at one of the three key concepts of the CRC 1265. In the course of various events and discussions, they have been able to confirm polycontexturalization as a characteristic of Refiguration, while at the same time expanding and sharpening the concept.


Theory Tandem 3 (2020/21)
Re-Figuration (Hubert Knoblauch/Martina Löw)

The third theory tandem is formed by the two CRC sociologists and spokespersons Martina Löw and Hubert Knoblauch. This tandem is focusing on the topic of “re-figuration”, another key concept of the research center. Their tasks include the organization of internal conferences and plenums as well as the theoretical development of the research program for the second term.

Theory Tandem 4 (2021)
Translocalization (Philipp Misselwitz/ Johanna Hoerning)

The fourth tandem consists of architect Philipp Misselwitz and sociologist Johanna Hoerning, and conclusively attends to the overall topic of translocalization. It will also host the fourth annual conference of the CRC, which will be the closing event of CRC’s first phase.