17.11.22 – 19.11.22 Conference

Playing the Field III: Video Game Ecologies and American Studies

November 17.-19., 2022, Amerikahaus Munich

Organized by Dr. Nathalie Aghoro in cooperation with the Bavarian American Academy and supported by the DFG and the KU

The conference aims at examining the environments that video games affect and are impacted by. It engages with the notion of ecology as a critical concept that not only allows to study the intermedial, social, and cultural relations that constitute video games and gaming culture. The term also suggests reflections on the impact of gaming and virtual worlds in mainstream media ecologies as well as video game conceptions of human, posthuman, and natural environments.

The theme of video game ecologies seeks to facilitate interdisciplinary conversations on the cultural, literary, political, social, and ecological discourses pertaining to the medium. As Megan Condis writes: “Each game utilizes different mechanics to describe and model the relationship between the playercharacter and his or her environment, resulting in a different argument about the type of world we inhabit—or the one we might inhabit in the future” (“Live in Your World, Play in Ours” 90). The conference serves as a platform to reflect on the structures, relations, and imaginations involved in these world building practices and the environments they participate in and create.

You can find a PDF-version of the program here.

To register for the conference, please go to:
www.ku.de/en/slf/american-studies/conferences

09.11.22 – 11.11.22 Conference

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

The conference takes place in KAP 209. We will be streaming the keynotes on YouTube. If you would like to receive the links to the streams, please subscribe to our newsletter. We will send them out shortly before the keynotes.

You can download the conference’s booklet here including all the abstracts and additional information about the event.


Wednesday, 9 November 2022



Pre-conference Programme


2.00 Guided Walking Tour

7.00 Pre-Conference Dinner (Krone)

Rolling Exhibition Space in Kloster (set up on 9th, open across 10th and 11th )

Activating Space | Prehending the City (installation) by Rémy Bocquillon (KU Eichstätt)


 


Thursday, 10 November 2022


9.00 Welcome coffee and opening remarks


9.30 Tim Cresswell (University of Edinburgh): On Routes


11.00 Coffee Break


11.20 Panel 1: Sensing and Storying

Craig Melhoff (University of Regina)
Environmental Sensemaking and the Body as Cartographic Organizing Principle in the Poetry of the London Underground

Ian Grosz (University of Aberdeen)
On Place and Time: An Absent Method – A Creative-Critical Approach to Practicing Place

Neha Meena (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Narratives of Migration and Placemaking: Pakistani Hindu Settlements in Jodhpur, Rajasthan


1.00 Lunch


2.30 Panel 2: Contestations

Shurouq Ibrahim (Ohio State University)
Circular Hybridity: Reconciling Identity and Place in Randa Jarrar’s ‘A Map of Home’

Hanna Sophia Hörl (LMU Munich)
Contested Spatial Distributions and Creative Place-Making in Selected Projects by African American Artists Dread Scott and Theater Gates

Rosa Philipp (KU Eichstätt)
Understanding Territory as Practices of Resistance

Judith Keller (University of Heidelberg)
“Living this struggle and fighting this fight” – Testimonies in Geographical Research on the US Housing Crisis


4.30 Coffee


5.00 Panel 3: Imagining and Creating

Rémy Bocquillon (KU Eichstätt)
Thinking With Sounds: Spatial and Epistemic Configurations

Imen El Bedoui (University of Kairouan)
Toward an Immersive Aesthetic: Virtual Artistic Places as New Site of the Creative

Anthony Raynsford (San Jose State University)
Inventing “Ecotopia”: Experimental Urban Design in 1970s California


7.30 Conference Dinner (Gutmann)


 


Friday, 11th November 2022


9.00 Welcome coffee


9.15 Antje Kley (Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg): Disruptions in Place and Time in Contemporary US-American Narratives of the End of Life


10.45 Coffee Break


11.00 Panel 4: Productions and Reproductions

Sheila Brannigan (NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Lisbon)
The Deferred Gaze and Representations of Unfulfilled Dreams in Christina Fernandez’s Photographic Series Manuela S-t-i-t-c-h-e-d, 1996-2000, and Lavanderia, 2002

Anthony Obst (FU Berlin)
Practicing Democratic Place: The Domestic Workers’ Union in Richard Wright’s ‘Black Hope’

Oğuz Kayır (Bilkent University)
Women In-Between: Mapping the Geopolitics of Diaspora in Women’s Cultural Production

Nele Sawallisch (University of Trier)
Laughing in and out of Place: The Comedy Stage as Practicing Place


1 pm Lunch


2.30 Panel 5: Constructing the City

Emma Patchett (University of Leeds)
When Moving through Places is Criminalised: Vulnerability, Harm and Public Space

Stefanie Wallbraun (University of Heidelberg)
On the Instrumentalization of Public Space by Armed (Counter-)Protests and the Effects on Political Participation

Aylin Güngor (University of Heidelberg)
Performing Race, Performing Place: Negotiating Blackness and the City in ‘Atlanta’


4.30 Wrap Up and Closing Remarks


 

Logo of graduate school "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. The lecture will be held at KGA-304.

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.

References:
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. The session on July 14th will now be held online.

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:

Program:

Wednesday 13/07/2022

Roundtable: 1 – 2 p.m (KAP017): Johanna Lederer and Alisa Preusser

Roundtable: 2.30 – 3.30 p.m (KAP017): Gustavo Gutierrez and Chiona Hufnagel

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 (ZOOM): Sabine Aretz and Damla Özkan

https://kuei.zoom.us/j/63255396394

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We hope to see you there!

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

*Please note the slight changes to the schedule*

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

Plenumssitzung

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

Plenumssitzung

28.10.21 16:00 – 17:30

Plenumssitzung

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“

29.07.21

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