Alexander von Humboldt Lectures "Spatial Practices"

Published at: 11 September 2011

The Alexander von Humboldt Lectures:

Spatial Practices

Series 2011/12 Click here for a more detailed description of this year's theme.

Programme (see also http://socgeo.ruhosting.nl/content/currentprogramme.html

The Department of Human Geography, Spatial Planning and Environmental Politics at the Radboud University of Nijmegen cordially invites you to our Lecture and Seminar Series on the theme of ‘Spatial Practices’.

Schatzki

Prof. Theodore Schatzki Department of Philosophy, University of Kentucky Lexington, USA

Alexander von Humboldt Lecture: “The Spaces of Practices and Large Social Phenomena”

Abstract: This presentation argues that the spaces of large social phenomena are versions of the spaces of social practices, or rather, versions of the spaces of bundles of practices and material arrangements. It begins by discussing how practice-arrangement bundles both have and make spaces, differentiating between objective spaces and something called ‘activity space’. The presentation then explains how the spaces of such large phenomena as universities, economic systems, and international federations embrace the objective spaces, and draw on the interwoven activity spaces, of the practice-arrangement bundles they encompass. The talk concludes by disparaging the idea that society, or social life, is composed of levels, arguing that micro and macro phenomena, like small and large ones, are laid out in the same one plenum of linked practices and arrangements.

Monday Sept. 12, 2011 18:00-19:30 LuX Mariënburg 38-39 6511PS Nijmegen Room: 6 Chair: Prof. Huib Ernste Free entry For reservation of free tickets: Ticket office LuX or Tel: 0900 5 89 46 36

Master Class with Prof. Theodore (Ted) Schatzki about “Martin Heidegger: Theorist of Space”

Abstract: Explaining Heidegger's ideas on spatial phenomena simply and succinctly, this master class will be provocative and invaluable to anyone interested in space and spatial theory. Theodore Schatzki gives incisive, informative, and compelling analyses of Heidegger's overall philosophy and of his changing ideas about space, spatiality, the clearing, places, sites, and dwelling. This master class also charts the legacy of these ideas in philosophy, geography, architecture, and anthropology.

Tuesday Sept. 13, 2011 10:45-13:30 Spinoza Building Montessorilaan 3 6525HR Nijmegen Room: SP 8 K 16 Free entry

Workshop with contributions by: Prof. Mathis Stock about “Doing with Space: Towards a pragmatics of space”

Abstract: This contribution intends to explore the conditions of possibility of a pragmatics of space. How are practices constructed through space? How are the different ways of practising places are informed by different aspects of spatial dimensions? In order to get into this question, three points are developed. Firstly we will delimit the field of what is termed here ‘pragmatics’ as larger than ‘pragmatism’, with reference to recent developments within French sociology. Secondly we will propose a shift from geographies of ‘being in space’ towards geographies of ‘doing with space’. Thirdly we propose two expressions and concepts for a pragmatics of space: the notions of ‘doing with space’ and space ‘at proof’ are explored in order to be used as tools for investigation. Finally, we will explicit the analytical tools developed of practice within situations will be developed. Especially, the treatment of a situation as arrangements of multiples relationships of humans, necessitating a multiple layered approach, from the recollection of discourse, objects and observation is developed.

and a contribution by Dr. Michael Jonas about “The Social Site Approach versus the Approach of Discourse/Practice Formations”

Abstract: For many years praxeological approaches have been gaining increasing prominence in sociological discourse. A number of different approaches are viewed as the cornerstones of this sociological perspective, including Giddens’ structuration theory, Foucault’s concept of technologies of the self or Bourdieu’s outline of a theory of practice. On the basis of these and other approaches a multitude of theoretical and empirical studies have been created which focus on the specific concept of social practice (soziale Praktik). In the sociological theory debate, Andreas Reckwitz’s cultural-theoretical approach of discourse/practice formations and Theodore Schatzki’s site ontology approach have, in particular, significantly increased the explanatory power and the explanatory claims of a social theory based on this concept. The following contribution aims to compare the two approaches and to discuss the potential and limitations of their explanatory power and claims.

Wednesday Sept. 14, 2011 10:45-12:30 Thomas van Aquinostraat 2 6525GD Nijmegen Room: 2.03.04 Chair: Dr. Olivier Kramsch Free entry

Günzel

Prof. Stephan Günzel BTK Academy of Design, Berlin, D

Alexander von Humboldt Lecture: “Image – Space – Action: Mediated Spatial Practices”

Abstract: The lecture will focus on spatial practice in media, taking the term of action seriously. Therefore especially interactive media will be in the focus, namely video games. Against the background of theories of spatial production, spatial behaviour and spatial action, games will be analyzed in two respects: On the one hand as pictorial exemplifications of spatial concepts; and on the other hand as iterations and modifications of spatial structures by the users. Thus, games have to be conceived of as first hand experiences of alternative spaces as well as potentialities to affect the form of everyday perception rather than its content. Hence geography, philosophy and media theory should take games seriously, when considering the spatiality of current social practice.

Wednesday Sept. 28, 2011 18:00-19:30 LuX Mariënburg 38-39 6511PS Nijmegen Room: 6 Chair: Prof. Huib Ernste Free entry For reservation of free tickets: Ticket office LuX or Tel: 0900 5 89 46 36

Master Class with Prof. Stephan Günzel about “Merleau Ponty’s Phenomenology of Spatial Practice”

Thursday Sept. 29, 2011 10:45-13:30 Spinoza Building Montessorilaan 3 6525HR Nijmegen Room: SP A 01.16 Chair: Prof. Henk van Houtum Free entry

Prof. Maarten Coolen Department of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam, NL

Workshop with Prof. Maarten Coolen about “Pactices of Space and Place” with commentaries by Prof. Stephan Günzel. Also other researchers are stimulated and cordially invited to briefly present their current work (in progress) as a contribution to the general discussion in this workshop (if you are interested in presenting such a brief research statement please contact Prof. Huib Ernste, h.ernste@fm.ru.nl)

Friday Sept. 30, 2011 10:45-12:30 Thomas van Aquinostraat 3 6525GD Nijmegen Room: 3.01.25 Chair: n.n. Free entry

Hillier

Prof. Jean Hillier School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, RMIT University Melbourne, AU

Alexander von Humboldt Lecture: “Strategic Navigation across Multiple Plan(e)s: towards a Deleuzean-inspired methodology for strategic spatial planning”

Abstract: I regard strategic spatial planning as an adaptive practice concerned with what can be planned in the face of uncertainty. Inspired by Deleuze and Guattari, I present a multiplanar theorisation of strategic spatial planning as strategic navigation, involving both the broad charting out of a trajectory of the longer-term future and also for shorter-term, detailed plans and projects with collaboratively determined goals. I develop a methodology for translating the theory into strategic practice which incorporates a critical engagement with actual conditions and how they came to be (tracing), together with an attempt to unpack what are the conditions for change (mapping and diagramming). Opportunities and risks could be explored allowing the potentials of new trajectories to emerge. I conclude that since the future is inherently unpredictable, the role of strategic spatial planning is to recognise material and expressive relationalities to facilitate strategic navigation of future trajectories.

Monday Nov. 07, 2011 18:00-19:30 LuX Mariënburg 38-39 6511PS Nijmegen Room: 6 Chair: Prof. Huib Ernste Free entry For reservation of free tickets: Ticket office LuX or Tel: 0900 5 89 46 36

Master Class with Prof. Jean Hillier about “Deleuzian Spatial Practices”

Tuesday Nov. 08, 2011 10:45-13:30 Spinoza Building Montessorilaan 3 6525HR Nijmegen Room: SP A 01.09 Chair: dr. Arnoud Lagendijk Free entry

Prof. Joris van Wezemael Departement of Human Geography, University of Fribourg , CH

Workshop with Prof. Joris van Wezemael about ‘Re-conceptualising Spatial Planning Practices’, with commentaries by Prof. Jean Hillier Also other researchers are stimulated and cordially invited to briefly present their current work (in progress) as a contribution to the general discussion in this workshop (if you are interested in presenting such a brief research statement please contact Prof. Huib Ernste, h.ernste@fm.ru.nl)

Wednesday Nov. 09, 2011 10:45-12:30 Thomas van Aquinostraat 3 6525GD Nijmegen Room: 3.01.25 Chair: Prof. Erwin van der Krabbe Free entry

Whatmore

Prof. Sarah Whatmore School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, UK

**Alexander von Humboldt Lecture: “Practicing more-than-Human Geographies: Thinking with/through materials” **

Abstract: The momentum of so-called ‘post-humanist’ approaches in the humanities and social sciences is on the rise, turning attention to the unfamiliar social agency of ‘things’ from animals to mobile phones. This lecture examines the distinctive contributions of recent currents in geographical research that insist on and amplify the more-than-human composition of social practices, relations and landscapes. Work in this vein reinvigorates cultural geographers’ traditional interests in material culture through conversations with Science and Technology Studies and Political Theory. Focussing on the ways implications of such approaches for research practice, the lecture will be illustrated by examples of research on food networks, urban ecologies and environmental knowledge controversies.

Monday Nov. 28, 2011 18:00-19:30 LuX Mariënburg 38-39 6511PS Nijmegen Room: 6 Chair: Prof. Huib Ernste Free entry For reservation of free tickets: Ticket office LuX or Tel: 0900 5 89 46 36

Master Class with Prof. Sarah Whatmore about “The methodological implications of ‘doing’ more-than-human styles of research”, focusing on the example of environmental knowledge controversies as a critical nexus between geographical practice and Isabelle Stengers’ notion of ‘cosmopolitics’ + Bruno Latour’s notion of ‘dingpolitik’

Tuesday Nov. 29, 2011 10:45-13:30 Thomas van Aquinostraat 8 6525GD Nijmegen Room: 8.K.15 Chair: Bas Hendrikx Free entry

Workshop with Prof. Sarah Whatmore Researchers are stimulated and cordially invited to briefly present their current work (in progress) as a contribution to the general discussion in this workshop (if you are interested in presenting such a brief research statement please contact Prof. Huib Ernste, h.ernste@fm.ru.nl)

Wednesday Nov. 30, 2011 10:45-12:30 Thomas van Aquinostraat 3 6525GD Nijmegen Room: 3.01.25 Chair: Stefan Dormans Free entry