“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 […]

Episode 05/S2: On Urban, Virtual and the Household (with Rob Shields)

In this episode, Shruti Malik engages in an organic conversation with Professor Rob Shields from the University of Alberta. Through the podcast, they touch upon various aspects beginning with understanding the difference in perspective on epistemology of space between the fields of architecture and sociology. This then goes on to discuss the course of research […]

Tim Cresswell: On Place, Mobility & Poetry

Tim Cresswell is Ogilvie Professor at the University of Edinburgh. Trained as a cultural geographer, he is renowned for his extensive works discussing and conceptualizing the role of space, place and mobility in social and cultural life. Amongst the recent academic publications is his book Maxwell Street: Writing and Thinking Place (2019) [1]. Cresswell is […]

Episode 04/S2: Tim Cresswell: On Place, Mobility & Poetry

In this episode, two of our fellows, Jessica Balling and Nina Welters sit down for a stimulating conversation with Tim Cresswell, who holds the Oglivie Char of Geography at the University of Edinburgh. Together, they follow Tim´s personal and academic journey and shed a particular light on the development of his research interests in place […]

Research Visit Archives in Aylesbury, England

In early 2023, our fellow Fabian Ebeling travelled to England for a research stay. In the text below, he describes his stay, the insights he gained, and the sources he examined: In March 2023, I visited the Buckinghamshire Archives in Aylesbury. The archives host the vast collection of materials and documentation produced by the Milton […]

Interdisciplinary Conference in IIT Roorkee in February 2023

Our fellow Shruti Malik visited India for a research stay at the beginning of this year. She began her stay with an interdisciplinary conference at the Indian Institute of Technology where she presented a paper. Read here about Shruti’s experience at the conference: In February 2023 I got the chance to present my work in […]

Mercator Fellows 2023: Rob Shields & Tim Cresswell

This summer we were happy to welcome Rob Shields (University of Alberta) and Tim Cresswell (University of Edinburgh) as Mercator Fellows in Eichstätt. The DFG offers this fellowship to scholars that closely collaborate with and offer long-term support to research training groups. In June, Rob travelled to Eichstätt and stayed for three weeks, followed by […]

Episode 03/S2: Technologizing the Urban

In this episode of our GraKo’s Podcast, Ph.D. fellow Fabian Ebeling talks with Jennifer Ang, an Associate Professor at the Singapore University of Social Sciences and currently principal investigator of the Southeast Asia Neighborhoods Network 2.0. The conversation revolves around how Singaporean urban landscapes change under the influence of smartification and technologization, and in how […]