The third annual conference of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199: “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition” analyses the role of imagination(s) in making and changing spatial formats and spatial orders under the global condition in both past and present. The conference is part of a larger endeavour of the SFB 1199 at the University of Leipzig to develop a typology of spatial formats as well as a historical narrative about the change of spatial orders under the global condition. Examining different social and historical contexts, the scholars at the SFB first explore the intentions, practices, and imaginations of different groups of actors that lead to the development of spatial formats, such as empires, nation states, enclaves, or commodity chains. Second, they consider how these spatial formats are combined to form complex spatial orders and how this has changed, and continues to change, over time. Third, the scholars investigate the visualization and imagination of already established as well as of alternative spatial formats and orders. The annual conferences develop the notions of spatial formats and spatial orders as heuristic tools and deploy them for the analysis of concrete historical processes of re-patialization.
The conference will focus on practices, methods, modes and forms of imaginations which are developed, applied and/or challenged by actors in different times and places, investigating dynamics in different world regions in comparative and transregional perspectives: How is space produced through the perceptions, reflections, imaginations of actors under the global condition? How are these spatial imaginations driving and legitimating different globalization projects? Which actors are involved in these dynamics, which modes and forms of spatial imaginations emerge, are challenged, or become pluralized?