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Lecture series ‘Space - Society - Economy’

About 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. 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 semester 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 the focus is on a different topic each semester. Recent debates and discussions focused on the topics Place & Conflict (SS 2017), Glocal Transformations (WS 2016/17), 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). 


About this term's focus
Mobility and Migration: Debates and Hot Spots, Challenges and Opportunities

Mobility and migration are key concepts for understanding the processes that shape our contemporary lives. Given the vast attention both fields are currently receiving, the international series Space – Society – Economy will provide a platform for shedding light on ongoing debates and hot spots evolving at the intersecting areas of mobility and migration. On the one hand, the lectures will focus on reasons, opportunities and challenges related to movements of people within global processes. The research presented will span from small scale to global analysis, as mobility and migration are to be understood as both transnational processes and local phenomena that are woven into people’s everyday experiences. Here, the theoretically rich and empirically informed work by guest scholars will allow insights into the complex interrelations between state power, refuge and asylum, into children’s particular experiences of mobility and migration, and into the fluid notion of home in diaspora. On the other hand, the lecture series will not focus only on people, but will also draw attention to the mobility of non-humans (e.g. animals, microbiomes). By doing so, renowned scholars will explore how these non-human-mobilities come into being, how they are entangled with and might shape human movements. Within this focus, geographies of rewilding and a more-than-human geography of global health are at the centre of the series’ interest. By approaching mobility and migration from multiple perspectives and less common angles, the winter semester’s Space – Society – Economy series encourages participants to unravel and engage with arguments presented in academic and civic debates on mobility and migration.


Program of the current term

14.11.2017 | Tue (18:00 – 19:30)
Prof. Michael Woods (Aberystwyth University):
Precarious Rural Cosmopolitanism? Negotiating  Globalization, Migration and Difference in Irish Small Towns

10.01.2018 I Wed (18:00 – 19:30)
Dr. Caitríona Ni Laoire (University College Cork):
Young people, transnational mobilities and mythologies of return

17.01.2018 I Wed (18:00 – 19:30)
Dr. Jamie Lorimer (University of Oxford):
Animals’ mobilities: rethinking the geographies for multispecies worlds


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. 

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

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