09.11.22 – 11.11.22 Conference

‚Here, There, and Somewhere in Between: Placing, Practicing, Configuring‘ Mid-term Conference

Our mid-term conference will be held on November the 10th and 11th 2022 in Eichstätt, with a pre-conference programme on the 9th.

Submissions are open – you can respond to our call for papers until 15th June 2022

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Here, There, and Somewhere in Between: Placing, Practicing, Configuring

10th and 11th November 2022

Eichstätt, Germany

Call for papers for the mid-term conference of the Graduiertenkolleg ‘Practicing Place’

The graduate school ‘Practicing Place: Socio-Cultural Practices and Epistemic Configurations’ at KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt researches the intersections, tensions, and dynamics of place and practice within a decidedly interdisciplinary collaboration. The local, national, and transnational flows that constitute our everyday are upheld not only by the interconnection of places but by uneven circulations and bounded exclusions: competing configurations of places present challenges to the taken-for-granted, and alternative materialities, mappings, narrations, temporalities, and discourses are a site of continuous struggle. The goal of the training group is to unpick the ‘how’ of places in relation to the situatedness of any and all practices.

In our midterm conference, we are turning the focus toward the dynamics of placing – the making, taking, knowing, writing, and doing of places. In other words, the conceptual emphasis is on the ‘-ing’, the gerund of place, the practicing. We will address these interactions and intersections with a keynote address by Tim Cresswell as well as a mix of roundtables, panel discussions, and artistic interventions. With an open format in mind, we encourage proposals in various formats to thematise the processes and configurations of placing, and welcome perspectives from the multiple disciplines that constitute our graduate school (American studies, architecture, art history, cultural studies, geography, literary studies, media studies, sociology) and beyond.

The conference will take place on the 10th and 11th of November 2022, hosted by the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, in Eichstätt Germany.

There will be a pre-conference programme on the 9th of November, most notably a guided walking tour and an informal dinner, to get to know each other and the place of Eichstätt.

The conference language is English. We plan subsequent publication(s).

With regard to the ongoing pandemic situation, we will respond as necessary, but intend for an in-person event.

Themes and topics for panels and presentations might include, but are not limited to:

  • Moving through place(s)
  • Writing/imag(in)ing (and) place(s)
  • Waging war and peacebuilding/placing conflict
  • Places of the Political/utopia and dystopia
  • Workplace, labouring, and class
  • Narrative, memories and imagined futures
  • Methodologies in the study of placing
  • Urbanity and the everyday
  • Practicing places of conservation/environmental justice/sustainability
  • Placing virtual worlds/digital placing
  • Mapping and (b)ordering
  • Migration and mobility
  • (Dis)Placement


Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words along with a short CV to gk-practicingplace@ku.de by 15th of June 2022. 

If you have any questions, please contact sarah.earnshaw@ku.de

For more information about ‘Practicing Place Socio-Cultural Practices and Epistemic Configurations’ please visit us at https://practicing.place/

21.07.22 12:15 – 13:45 Lecture

Lecture „Narratives of Displacement and Placemaking: Notions of Diaspora in Indigenous Literatures“ with Prof. Dr. Katja Sarkowsky (American Studies, Uni Augsburg)

We will be joined on the 21st of July 2022 for a lunchtime guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Katja Sarkowsky. Visiting us from the American Studies department at the University of Augsburg.

Narratives of Displacement and Place-Making: Notions of Diaspora in Indigenous literatures

‘Place’ is a central issue in Indigenous literatures and, as numerous Indigenous writers and scholars have highlighted, in Indigenous epistemologies, with communal and political practices, as Anishinaabe writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson puts it, “reflective of the relationality of the local landscape” (2017, 3). The settler colonial politics of displacement and dispossession over the past centuries thus present a violent disruption of fundamental relations; land rights, accordingly, are crucial to contemporary struggles for Indigenous sovereignty in Canada and the United States, with ‘place’ inextricably interwoven with notions community, its history, its land relations, and its language.
But geographical displacements have also at times led to new land relations and community formations that did not erase memories of the community history and place connections so violently disrupted, but incorporated them into processes of renewed place-making. Some writers, for instance the Chamoru poet Craig Santos Perez (2021), use the term ‘diaspora’ to account for community building away from but tied to ancestral lands. For many scholars, ‘diaspora’ is a term antithetical to Indigenous experiences and constellations (e.g., Clifford 1994; Coleman 2017); for others, it offers a potentially productive avenue to capture complexly interlinked processes of place-loss, place-experience, and place-making (e.g., McCall 2010).
In light of these debates, this talk will explore the potential and the limits of ‘diaspora’ in the work of Muscogee poet, musician, playwright, and memoirist Joy Harjo, the incumbent United States Poet Laureate. In her more recent work, Harjo pays increasing attention not only to Muscogee territory of her youth in Oklahoma – a constant in her poetic engagement with place for decades – but also to the lands in Alabama from which the Muscogee were expelled in the 1830s to be forcibly resettled in the ‘Indian Territory’ that was to become Oklahoma. This talk does not seek to make claims regarding the general valence of ‘diaspora’ in Indigenous contexts; rather, I am interested in how this specific poet’s work might help complicate notions of place-making and diaspora.

Clifford, James. “Diasporas.” Cultural Anthropology, vol. 9, no. 3 (1994), pp. 302-338.
Coleman, Daniel. “Indigenous Place and Diaspora Space: Of Literalism and Abstraction.” Settler Colonial Studies, vol. 6, no. 1 (2016), pp. 61-76.
McCall, Sophie. „Diasporas, Indigenous Sovereignties, and Metis Writing in Canada.” Canadian Literature, vol. 204 (2010), p. 121.
Perez, Craig Santos. Navigating Chamoru Poetry. University of Arizona Press, 2021.
Simpson, Leanne Betasamosake. As We Have Always Done. Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance. University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

13.07.22 – 14.07.22 Workshop

Workshop – Cultural Memory and Literature: Research in Dialogue

We cordially invite all interested to the workshop ‚Cultural Memory and Literature: Research in Dialogue‘ that will be held at KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt on the 13th and 14th of July 2022.

Organised by fellows Sabine Aretz, Gustavo Gutierrez, and Johanna Lederer, the program will consist of three roundtables with guest participants –  Damla Özkan, GRK ‚Life Writing – Life Sciences‘ Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz; Alisa Preusser, Universität Potsdam; and Chiona Hufnagel, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. There will also be a keynote lecture by Lea Espinoza Garrido, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, entitled ‚Post-9/11 Politics of Memory and Politics of Forgetting in Colson Whitehead’s Zone One‚.

To register your participation, please do so via email:


Wednesday 13/07/2022

Roundtable: 1 – 2 p.m (KAP017): Sabine Aretz and Damla Özkan

Roundtable: 2.30 – 3.30 p.m (KAP017): Johanna Lederer and Alisa Preusser

Keynote lecture: 4 – 5.30 p.m (KAP017): Lea Espinoza Garrido (Bergische Universität Wuppertal) ‚Post-9/11 Politics of Memory and Politics of Forgetting in Colson Whitehead’s Zone One

Thursday 14/07/2022

Roundtable: 1.30 – 2.30 p.m (DP8-102): Gustavo Gutierrez and Chiona Hufnagel


We hope to see you there!

You can find the poster as a pdf here: PP-Workshop-Poster

23.06.22 – 25.06.22 Conference

Taking Place and Making Place: Celebrating 25 Years of Space and Culture

Place has become a pivotal concept for understanding processes of social spatialization.  From phenomenological reflections on the importance of place in philosophy to various ethnographic studies of practicing place in the Humanities and Social Sciences, appreciation for the material-semiotic specificity of thinking place and researching places has become widespread. By focusing on concrete practices of place-making, such as mapping, tracing, locating, imagining, narrating, writing, walking, experiencing, and redefining, it may also be possible to consider more critically the existential as well as political practices of place-taking, which relate to the functions of bounding and binding of socialities and configurations of sense-making and meaning through processes of inclusion and exclusion. Understanding the various modalities of interplay between both might be an important step towards overcoming the conceptual obstacles caused by retaining artificial distinctions between thinking and doing.

As a journal focused on theoretically-informed empirical investigations of practices of social spatialization, Space and Culture has been at the forefront of many interdisciplinary debates surrounding practices of place-making and place-taking, since its inception 25 years ago. To celebrate this occasion, we are holding a conference in 2022 for which we are seeking contributions from all disciplines and perspectives that are focused on the dynamics of place-making and place-taking, either empirically or conceptually or both.

Please send an abstract of not more than 250 words to:

sac-conf@ku.de by 31. January 2022

This conference is supported by the journal Space and Culture in celebration of its 25th anniversary as well as the German Research Council funded Graduate Training Programme “Practicing Place: Socio-Cultural Practices and Epistemic Configurations”.

Note: This conference will happen as a hybrid format (on site / online).


19.05.22 – 20.05.22 18:30 – 12:30 Lecture

Lecture and Workshop on „Mediating infrastructures. On the materiality and temporality of socio-technical networks“ with Prof. Dr. Gabriele Schabacher (University of Mainz)

We will be joined on the 19th of May for a lecture from Prof. Dr. Gabriele Schabacher, professor of Media and Cultural studies at the University of Mainz. The lecture is an open event from 18.30-19.30 at KGA-205.

You can also join via Zoom: https://kuei.zoom.us/j/64726594064?pwd=N2dXN0FsSjBqSzU2Vy9sR2RVV043Zz09

Meeting ID: 647 2659 4064
Passcode: 351201

‚Mediating Infrastructures. On the Materiality and Temporality of Socio-Technical Networks‘

Infrastructures are regarded as the backbone of modern societies. They represent the state’s provision of public services and are a sign of increasing economic interdependence in the context of international trade relations. They circulate goods, people, animals, but also energy, water, waste and information, thus organizing the spatial and temporal transfer of a wide variety of entities. It is this performance of infrastructural systems that constitutes their medial quality. But what exactly does this quality consist of? From a media and cultural studies perspective, the talk explores the materiality and temporality of infrastructures and proposes three perspectives that are relevant for their mediality: the in/visibility of infrastructures, the scalings they accomplish between the global and the local, and their processuality.


Prof. Schabacher will then be leading an internal workshop on Friday the 20th of May, in Marktplatz 2, with open to fellows, faculty, and associated members.


Gabriele Schabacher is professor of media cultural studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and co-speaker of the Collaborative Research Center 1482 „Humandifferenzierung.“ Her research focuses on media and cultural theory, media history of transport, mobility and infrastructures, cultural techniques of repair, digital regimes of surveillance, media history of seriality and theory of autobiography. Her recent publications include the volumes she co-edited on the cultures of repair (2018) and on the practices of workarounds (2017), and the articles „Time and Technology. The Temporalities of Care“ (2021), and „Staged Wrecks. The Railroad Accident between Infrastructural Lessons and Amusement“ (2019). Her new book on infrastructures, entitled Infrastruktur-Arbeit, will be published in June 2022.

28.04.22 18:00 – 19:30 Lecture

Lecture „What’s in a place? Locating Traces of the Past as a Strategy for Remembering Christoph Mayer’s The Invisible Camp – Audio Walk Gusen“ with Dr. Tanja Schult (Art History / Stockholm University)

Christoph Mayer’s The Invisible Camp – Audio Walk Gusen (2007) leads users through three market towns in Upper Austria which during World War II were the sites of concentration camps. Mayer’s artistic sound collage succeeds to visualize a long supressed past in an individual listener’s mind, and establishes an intimate and reflective form of commemoration which leads to critical questioning of neglected or institutionalized practices of commemoration. My talk reflects on how Mayer succeeds to bridge the distance to this past and makes it relevant for us today, and explains in which way his artistic practice can act as a guideline for the creation of other memory works elsewhere – especially in places where most traces of the past were erased and where everyday life goes hand in hand with a will to remember a painful past which happened right there.

 The event is going to be filmed and will be uploaded to our YouTube channel shortly after.


ZOOM: https://kuei.zoom.us/j/8535747861


28.10.21 – 10.02.22 14:00 – 15:30 Seminar

Grundlagenseminar II – WS 21/22

Syllabus will follow soon

28.10.21 – 10.02.22 10:00 – 12:00 Seminar

Grundlagenseminar I – WS 21/22

Practice Theory in/and the Humanities: The Politics and Aesthetics of Practicing Place

16.12.21 16:00 – 17:30


11.12.21 – 12.12.21 10:00 – 17:30 Research Retreat

Klausurtagung / Kloster Seeon

Programm folgt in Kürze

25.11.21 16:00 – 17:30


28.10.21 16:00 – 17:30


Location: Digital

11.10.21 – 12.10.21 14:00 – 16:00 Study Day

Associate Member Study Days

We hold regular sessions for associated members to present their projects, receive feedback, and build connections across the GRK.

Our October study days remain on zoom.

Monday, October 11th 2021:
14 – 14.50 Charlotte Renda, University of Bielefeld,  „Mapping Atmospheres“
14.50 – 15.40 Stefan Schmidt, University of Wuppertal, „Philosophical Topology and Design Theory“

Tuesday, October 12th 2021:
14 – 14.50 Julia Wiedemann, KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, „Constructions of Englishness: Negotiating the Anglo-Saxon Past in Nineteenth-Century Literary and Historical Discourses“
14.50 – 15.40 Laura Otto, Goethe University Frankfurt, „Re-Shaping Coast-Reef-Relations: Sargasso Algae and the Riviera Maya in Mexico“


Associate Member Study Days

We hold regular sessions for associated members to present their projects, receive feedback, and build connections across the GRK.

Our inaugural study day will take place on zoom at the end of July 2021

Thursday, July 29th 2021:
13 – 13.50Maria Martinez Casas, KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, „The Discourse of Pop-Rock in Spanish. A Corpus Linguistic Analysis: Patterns of Language Use and Local Authenticity“13.50 – 13.50 – 14.40  Basil Weisse, KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Friday, July 30th 2021:
13 – 13.50 Christiane Hoth de Olano, KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, „Practices, Knowledge, and Science in Southern Chile (1883 – 1939)“

13.50 – 14.40 Suraj Chaudhary,  College of Wooster, „Rethinking Social Spaces in the Digital Age“

(10 minute break)

14.50 – 15.40 Nicole Anna Schneider, KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

06.05.21 – 15.07.21 14:00 – 15:30 Practicing Place

Kolloquium / SoSe 2021

15.04.21 – 15.07.21 Practicing Place

Grundlagenseminar / SoSe 2021

15.07.21 17:00 Opening

Eröffnungsveranstaltung mit einem Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Ayse Caglar (Universität Wien / IWM)

City-making and Migrants: Disempowered Cities and Historical Conjuncture

This talk calls for a multiscalar perspective on migrants in city making processes to explicate the multifarous relations between migrants and cities beyond the historically and culturally constructed categories and divides of migration scholarship and public debates. It argues for the benefits of looking at the city-making dynamics of migrants through the lens of cities, which have lost their economic, political or cultural power. It proposes that once we shift our focus to urban regeneration processes and their dispossessive forces that create common conditions of displacement and precarity for urban residents, we might see migrants’ emplacement and commoning dynamics in urban politics, as well as the emerging landscapes of affect in these cities anew. Approaching to migrants and city-making in this way however, urges us to bring the concept of historical conjuncture at the center of our research.

10.06.21 16:00 Meet & Greet

Begrüßung der Assoziierten Kollegiat*innen

08.06.21 17:00 Lecture

Professor Ryan Burns (University of Calgary) »Epistemic Practices«

Everyone is welcome to attend this talk; to receive the Zoom-Link, please send an email to: gk-practicingplace@ku.de

01.06.21 19:00 Book Launch

Book Presentation and Conversation with Miles Orvell and Kerstin Schmidt

Americans in the 21st century inhabit a perpetual state of ruins – from abandoned factories and malls to toxic landscapes and the looming threat of climate ruins. Ruins, once symbols of the past, are now symbols of the future. Taking an interdisciplinary perspective, Empire of Ruins discovers a changing pattern of meaning in the way ruins have been perceived and represented, from the 19th century to the present. Orvell explains why Americans at first yearned for the ruins of Europe and the Middle East, discovering gradually in the 19th century that the remains of Native American cultures were as ancient and mysterious as Egypt’s[…]

01.06.21 17:00 Lecture

Professor Ryan Burns (University of Calgary) »Practicing Place«

Everyone is welcome to attend this talk; to receive the Zoom-Link, please send an email to: gk-practicingplace@ku.de