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/

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).