9. Newsletter | October 2022 | read in your Web Browser

Dear colleagues and
friends of the CRC 1265,

The last few months have been very eventful and productive, and we are now looking forward with anticipation to the winter semester and in particular to our kick-off conference for the second funding period titled “My City is a Battleground: Intersectionality and Urban Violence”, which will take place on October 20-22, 2022.
Registration is still open until October 10!

We have been experimenting with new event formats, such as an Onboarding Spring School for our new PhD students or a “5G Walk”, and we have also been trying out new tools for communicating our research. For one, we expanded our glossary of key terms to include an “ABC of Refiguring Space”, in which members of the CRC present central terms related to their research in short audio clips. Second, our first Theory Tandem of the second phase has been exploring the spatial figures and imaginations that emerge in the various subprojects in a collaboration with Viennese artist Nikolaus Gansterer.

In addition to these new initiatives, a number of publications have also come out, presenting the results of the subprojects as well as the doctoral theses from the CRC’s first phase.

All the latest information can also be found on our homepage and our Twitter-Page.

We hope you enjoy reading!

The CRC Central Management Office


October 2022

My City is a Battleground: Intersectionality and Urban Violence

4th International Conference “My City is a Battleground: Intersectionality and Urban Violence”: The CRC’s 4th international conference will train a spotlight on the way conflicts manifest intersectionally in and through urban spaces. In talks, workshops and panel discussions, we will address when, how and why intersectional tensions and conflicts in cities turn violent and what forms of violence they may take (physical, symbolic, infrastructural etc.). The conference will bring together international perspectives from different disciplines and research contexts, featuring talks by Martina Löw, Heidi Mirza and Ben Campkin, among many others.

Registration is open until October 10.
November 2022

Visualizing Narrative Spaces

The Methods-Lab of the CRC will host the lecture “Visualizing Narrative Spaces”, which will be held by the artist Simone Rueß: https://www.urbik.org. In her “audio-visual” lecture, Rueß will present selected works “in which she explores aspects of urban structures (Movement Space), living and home-making (INhabit) and biographical narratives (Space/Biography)”.
The ABC of Refiguring Spaces
The new format “The ABC of Refiguring Spaces” allows listeners to experience the plethora of voices that make up the CRC. Researchers and associates will explain the central terms and concepts of the CRC in short audios, illustrating them within the context of their own research. In addition to the disciplinary evolution of certain concepts, the soundbites reveal the malleability of these terms as well as their processual application in scientific work. The result is a polyphonic compilation of concepts and research projects engaging with the refiguration of spaces, which is soon to be made accessible on the homepage along with the CRC’s written glossary. For those who want to listen to what, for example, P for Polycontexturality is all about!

Theory-Tandem New Spatial Arrangements/Figuring Out Spaces
Since April 2022, the two subproject leaders Silke Steets and Ignacio Farías have been researching the spatial figures and imaginations that are emerging in the various research projects of the CRC in a collaboration with the Viennese artistic researcher Nikolaus Gansterer. In 15 two-hour workshops with researchers working at the CRC 1265, new and old spatial topologies and experiences were elaborated with the means of diagrams/collages, stories, visual and narrative devices. On this basis, a book will be developed that will make the process of “Figuring Out Space” visible, focusing on visual and narrative strategies, as well as on the role of speculation and imagination in our practices.


Professorship at the University of Applied Sciences Munich
Ariane Sept, co-project leader of the subproject B01 “Peripheralized Rural Areas”, has accepted a professorship for participatory community development and community work at the Munich University of Applied Sciences and will start at the Department of Applied Social Sciences there in the winter semester. Congratulations, Ariane!

Professorship at the University of Regensburg
Anna Steigemann has been appointed to the professorship “Sociological Dimensions of Space” (W3) in the new Department for Interdisciplinary Multi-Scalar Area Studies (DIMAS) at the University of Regensburg, from October 1, 2022. Her research focus there is “Space, City, Community.”
We congratulate her and are happy that Anna will remain an associate member of the CRC!

New project
René Tuma (TP B02) was successful as PI in the application of an ORA7 international project with the title "Visions of Policing: How Visual Technologies Shape Police Oversight". This project is a multilateral cooperation with partners from France (Jacques de Maillard/Versailles), UK (Robin Smith/Cardiff) and Canada (Patrick Watson/Laurier University). The German project partner is Simon Egbert (Bielefeld). The three year project will study and compare the use of visual technologies (such as bodycams, video recorded interrogations) by police and civil rights organizations.

Completed Doctorates in 2022
In the summer semester, more CRC members successfully defended their dissertations.

Daniela Stoltenberg (SP B05): “Issue Spatiality and Socio-Spatial Inequality. The Geographic Distribution of Visibility in Urban Public Spheres on Social Media,” June 08, 2022.
Jamie Baxter (Associate Member): “Self-organised/ing Infrastructure. Understanding everyday practices of spread and resistance in processes of socio-spatial change on the periphery. Multi-sited ethnographies in rural Portugal and Austria,” September 20, 2022.

We warmly congratulate them on completing their PhDs!

Guests at the CRC

We are very happy to welcome the following guest researchers soon!
A warm welcome to:

Edlyne Anugwom (University of Nigeria), October – December, 2022.

Makau Kitata (University of Nairobi), October, 2022.

Lewis Abedi Asante (Kumasi Technical University), November — December, 2022.

Ankita Rathi (PhD, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru), October, 2022.

We are also happy to continue to host Paula Medina García (Complutense University of Madrid), January 2022 – December 2023.

A Look Back

“Relational Spatial Methods”
The summer school & methods conference “Relational Spatial Methods” was held on September 12-17, 2022:

We had a thrilling and intense week with our summer school and conference both titled “Spatial Relational Methods” in mid-September at the CRC. We welcomed around 30 PhD candidates and postdocs from all around Europe for the whole week to work on their spatial quantitative research design, and then around 15 scholars to discuss their current research projects.

The spatialization of social sciences – understood as the increasing importance of an engagement with space both in theory and in methods – is multi-faceted and dynamically evolving. During four days of summer school focusing on relational spatial methods, social network analysis and geometric data analysis, we were keen to discuss potentials, challenges as well as limits of these methods for an understanding and explanation of spatial relationality. The subsequent conference allowed us to gain further insights into these facets and their respective methodological perspectives, concerns and developments (as well as research projects, research designs and results) on the basis of current outstanding studies in diverse fields such as elite research, migration studies, global inequalities, and social structure.

5G Infrastructure Walk
On Wednesday, September 21, the 5G Infrastructure Walk took place. The walk was organized by subproject B02 and the “Infrastructure” cross-sectional group and conducted by CRC 1265 guest researcher Niels ten Oever, Maxigas and Jeroen de Vos. Its aim was to discover and understand the invisible secrets of the frequency band at Ernst Reuter Platz as well as the more or less visible antenna infrastructure. Participants used their eyes, ears, binoculars, cameras, spectrum analyzers and smartphone apps to detect the data streams that surround us in public space as radio waves. A podcast on the topic and a more detailed report will follow soon!

Exhibition “Third Space Walk”
On August 18, the exhibition “Third Space Walk. Flâneuses* between virtual and material worlds” opened at the Galerie im Medienhaus of the Berlin University of the Arts. In the still lingering summer heat, visitors were able to discover seven artistic positions of artists and activists between Mexico City and Berlin. As part of the exhibition, insights into research on the topic of flânerie and the digitalization of urban public space were also presented, such as in the form of a book table with literature and works by students or quotations placed in the room. City sounds from Berlin and Mexico City formed the soundscape, while visitors could rest on a park bench and let their eyes wander over the exhibition. The three-day exhibition is part of the PhD project of Mirjana Mitrović, associate member of the CRC, and was curated in a collaboration between Valentina Sarmiento Cruz, Anna-Lena Panter and Mirjana Mitrović. The project lives on and continues to grow in the digital sphere on: thirdspacewalk.mirjana-mitrovic.de


In the last weeks and months numerous publications have come out containing some of the results of the first funding phase. Many of them are available in Open Access! A comprehensive overview of all publications can be found on our homepage.

Hot off the press in the transcript series “Re-Figuration of Spaces” in Open Access:

Volume 4: “From Shelters to Dwellings: The Zaatari Refugee Camp”

by Ayham Dalal.

Volume 5: “Kontrollräume und Raumkontrolle. Infrastrukturelle Kontrollzentralen in Zeiten der Digitalisierung”

by David Joshua Schröder.

Coming Soon Volume 6: “Digitale Stadtplanung. Alltag und Räume technisierten Planens”

by Martin Schinagl.

“Spatial Knowledge and Urban Planning. Special Issue”

Heinrich, A. J., Million, A., Zimmermann, K. (Eds.) (2022).

“Biographie und Raum. Göttinger Beiträge zur Soziologischen Biographieforschung”

The volume “Biographie und Raum”, edited by Gunter Weidenhaus together with Johannes Becker and Nicole Witte, has now been published open access. It features contributions from CRC researchers Martina Löw, Claudia Mock and Gunter Weidenhaus. Sociological biographical research has long focused on the analysis of temporal processes and relations. In contrast, the spatial dimension of biographies has remained largely overlooked. In this context, addressing the relationship or interconnectedness of space and biography represents an important extension for both spatial sociology and sociological biographical research. This volume presents different approaches to this emerging field.

“Tempohomes. Untersuchung sozial-räumlicher Aneignungspraktiken von Geflüchteten in ausgewählten Berliner Gemeinschaftsunterkünften”

Container structures such as container villages or Tempohomes are the much noted and controversially discussed temporary forms of accommodation for refugees in Berlin. The subproject A04 of the CRC 1265 (Habitat Unit of the TU Berlin), together with the State Office for Refugee Affairs, has now presented the Tempohome Report, a scientific documentation of Berlin’s container accommodation. They explored how housing for refugees can incorporate more elements that enable residents to create identity and meaning and open up opportunities for them to actively shape their living space.

“Chancen und Herausforderungen in ländlichen Räumen durch Digitalisierung”

Sept, A., & Christmann, G. (Eds.) (2022).

“Fabrication of space: The design of everyday life in South Korean Songdo”

Bartmanski, D., Kim, S., Löw, M., Pape, T., & Stollmann, J. (2022).

“Who Are They and Where? Insights Into the Social and Spatial Dimensions of Imagined Audiences From a Mobile Diary Study of Twitter Users”

Stoltenberg, D., Pfetsch, B., Keinert, A., & Waldherr, A. (2022).

“Rendering Affective Atmospheres: The Visual Construction of Spatial Knowledge About Urban Development Projects”

Mélix, S., & Christmann, G. (2022).


Recent Blog Contributions

Our new series “Intersectionality and Space” has launched with its first blogpost by Miro Born, more blogposts in the series will follow in the coming weeks!

Intersectionality and Space #1: Anthony Miro Born: “Sozialer Aufstieg aus einem ‚Problemviertel‘: die komplexen Erfahrungen von ehemaligen Bewohner*innen stigmatisierter Nachbarschaften”

Séverine Marguin/David Joshua Schröder: “A Visual Experiment at the CRC”

Linda Hering/Lara Espeter: “Cherries, Politics and Refiguration of Spaces”

Interview: “It is not possible to study space without exchanging ideas” — An Interview with CRC 1265 guest researcher Olena Kononenko on her life and research in Kyiv and Berlin

Space-Vignettes: David Joshua Schröder/Volkan Sayman: “Covid-19 und Putins refigurierter Verhandlungstisch”


Our CRC podcast “Space Oddity” offers insights into our research as well as discussions on spatial change. Here are the latest episodes – as always, we are happy to receive feedback!

Space Oddity #9 About Borders
Kristina Korte, who completed her PhD in the CRC’s subproject C01 “The Borders of the World”, and CRC guest researcher Paula Medina-Garcia (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) talk about their research on borders, discussing questions such as: How do borders work as digital tools? And how do they control mobility? Listen to it here.

Space Oddity #8 Markus Schroer on Geosociology
Markus Schroer held the first book discussion on his new book “Geosoziologie. Die Erde als Raum des Lebens”, recently published at Suhrkamp, at our CRC plenary on June 16, 2022. The conversation was recorded and is available here (recording in German).


Since spring 2022, the CRC is also on Instagram. Here you will find multimedia insights into our every research activities and life at the CRC 1265 – just take a look!
Lectures @ YouTube

Numerous lectures and videos are available on our YouTube-Channel.
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