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Power of Place

In this winter semester, the central concern of the series was a basic reflection of the concept of PLACE as a cognitive principle that is relevant to action. The background for this was the fact that despite the closer examination of space-related research topics in that has been taking place in the social sciences and in cultural studies during the last two decades (spatial turn), recently there have been significant shortcomings in research about space with respect to the conceptual and philosophical foundations. In close dialogue with the discipline of philosophy, which provided an important impetus for the development of the spatial turn, the lecture series aimed to examine place in recent phenomenological approaches of different disciplines in more detail. Accordingly, there was close cooperation with the recently established KU graduate program Philosophy of Place.



23.10.2013 | Prof. Celia Lury (Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick):
Bringing the world into the world: the material semiotics of topological culture


13.11.2013 | Dr. Anne Cronin (Department of Sociology, Lancaster University):
Friends, felt connections and emplacement: thinking through place and space in friendship


27.11.2013 | Prof. Gill Valentine (Department of Geography, University of Sheffield):
Lived difference: a narrative account of spatiotemporal processes of social differentiation


04.12.2013 | Prof. Maya Öztürk (Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Bilkent University Ankara):
Re-thinking the power of space/place through the body: collective sites as sites of emergence


10.12.2013 | Prof. Tim Cresswell (International Affairs, Northeastern University Boston):
Assembling Place: The Case Maxwell Street, Chicago