Practicing Place – Socio-Cultural Practices and Epistemic Configurations

The interdisciplinary Research Training Group 2589 “Practicing Place: Socio-Cultural Practices and Epistemic Configurations” is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and located at the KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. We research the intersections, tensions, and dynamics of place and practice. Every practice is shaped by given places, while it at the same time also designs and produces new places in a performative, ongoing process. Seen this way, places can never be conceived of as singular static entities, in the sense of ‘Heimat’ or a closed life-world; rather, places have to be thought of in terms of a dynamic, multifaceted, dialogical, often controversial, affective, and especially participatory system of relations, informed by aspects of performance, construction, perception, production, experience, recognition, and inscription. Our goal is to unpick the ‘how’ of places in relation to the situatedness of any and all practices.

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Outside Office Building Practicing Place
Outside in front of the offices of “Practicing Place”


“Leisurely Gentrification?” Lecture & Workshop with Maria Sulimma (University of Freiburg), May 2-3

On May 2, we had the pleasure to welcome Jun.-Professor Maria Sulimma for a guest lecture on “Leisurely Gentrification? Conflictual Places and Practices in Contemporary Fiction” at the KU. Jun.-Prof. Sulimma is an American Studies scholar working in the intersecting areas of literary and cultural studies, urban studies, and feminist media studies. Currently, she is […]

Out now: Videos of our final conference “Practices of Imagination – Placings of Imaginaries”

Recordings from our final conference “Practices of Imagination – Placings of Imaginaries” are now available on our YouTube channel. The conference was held February 7-10, 2024 in Eichstätt.  Click here to find a recording of the keynote lecture by Prof. Dr. Hannes Krämer titled “The Borders of Tomorrow: Imagining the Futures of Europe’s Margins,” our […]

“Practicing Place” Welcomes 10 New Doctoral Students

In April 2024, ten new doctoral students started their journey at “Practicing Place.” In the course of a campus tour, a structured onboarding, and our official Welcome Day we introduced them to the KU and our staff! On April 3, we kicked things of with a campus tour guided by our student assistant Chantel Anderson […]