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Lecture Series 'Space - Society - Economy'

Space – Society – Economy is a lecture series that examines current issues about the relationship between space, society and economy with renowned international guest speakers at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. The lecture series was established in 2010 and is currently organized by the Professorship of Economic Geography in cooperation with the Chair of English Literature Studies (Prof. Dr. Richard Nate), the Chair of Management Accounting (Prof. Dr. Anton Burger) and the International Office (Dr. Martin Groos). It aims to further internationalize the teaching at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and we invite interested students and staff members of all faculties to participate.

Each term four to six international guest speakers are invited to present and discuss their recently finalized scientific publications. The main topic approaches the various relationships between Space – Society – Economy whereby each term represents a specific focus. Recent debates and discussions focussed on the topics Sustainable Futures (SS16), Uneven World (WS 2015/2016), In and Out of Place II (SS 2015) and I (WS 2014/15), KIDSp(l)aces (SS 2014), Power of Place (WS 2013/14), Virtual Spaces (SS 2013), Well Being – Well Spaces (WS 2012/13), Social Movements and Protest (SS 2012), Alternative Economies (WS 2011/12), Global South II (SS 2011) and Global South I (WS 2010/11). 


Main focus of the current semester: Glocal Transformations

Ongoing profound societal challenges - the sustainability transition, the revival of nationalism, the flow of forcibly displaced people as a result of violent conflicts and natural disasters or the internationalization of health risks and needs, to name just a few - call in both academia and public policy for holistic approaches that take into account the interlinkages between global and local processes. Against this background, our lecture series aims to address and bring together contemporary scholarly work that pay particular attention to both global developments and local responses. Five international scholars from a range of disciplines – politics, geography, sociology, economics – will present and discuss recent conceptual and empirical work on distinct places, thus opening the floor for an interdisciplinary discussion on how to grasp and meet encompassing glocal transformations



07.12.2016 | Wed (18:00 – 19:30)
Dr. Keith Halfacree (College of Science, Swansea University):
The Place of the Rural in an Era of Mobilities: Global Asset to Local Mooring

17.01.2017 | Tue (18:30 – 20:00)
Dr. Thusiyan Nandakumar  (The Hillingdon Hospital, London):
Conflict, Health and International Humanitarian Law

25.01.2017 | Wed (18:00 – 19:30)
Dr. Gerald T. Aiken (Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Luxembourg):
The Politics of Low Carbon Community Transitions

01.02.2017 | Wed (18:00 – 19:30)
Assoc. Prof. Martin Sokol (Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin):
New Geographies of Financialisation

08.02.2017 | Wed (18:00 – 19:30)
Prof. Dariusz Wójcik (School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University):
Financial Geography after the Global Financial Crisis and Brexit


The series is accompanied by a reading seminar which takes place Mondays before the respective lectures.

Being an interdisciplinary project, the lecture series aims to explicitly address students and staff members of all faculties. Those interested are invited to either attend the entire lecture series or single sessions. Additionally, students can participate in an accompanying seminar which gives them the opportunity to receive credit points and to gain deeper insights into scientific discourses on the interdisciplinary field of Space - Society - Economy.

In this respect we are looking forward to an exciting summer term's programme and welcome you to our lecture series Space - Society - Economy.
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