Origins of the Journal
The Journal of New Frontiers in Spatial Concepts: Sociohistorical, Sociotechnical and Transcultural Analysis has a global focus and publishes articles on behalf of an international editorial board. Due to the close connection with the University of Karlsruhe (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT) and its Karlsruhe University Press (now KIT Scientific Publishing), exceptional start-up conditions exist for a journal with such an aim.
The University of Karlsruhe is the oldest polytechic university in Germany, and its Faculty of Humanities has a long tradition of reflecting the conditions, mechanisms and consequences of socio-technical change in
industrial societies. Well-known representatives of this tradition are Franz Schnabel, Hans Lenk, Günter Ropohl and Bernhard Schäfers.
Following in those footsteps, a permanent workshop called „formatting social spaces offers an open discussion forum for technical historical questions. A selection of the papers generated from the workshop are being publishes under the category of „invited papers“.
The creation of this Journal is an interdisciplinary project and hence represents the research tradition of Karlsruhe university. Its publication also forms part of the innovative and unique emergence of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The editors-in-chief, Ulrich Gehmann and Rolf-Ulrich Kunze, are both members of KIT.