The State, its Boundaries, and Internationalization – Considerations on the Domestic-Foreign and the Private-Public Boundary

Mai 15th, 2014 | By | Category: Spatial concepts, Spatial Cybernetics, Topics

In order to challenge the widespread identification of political inter-, trans-, and supranationalization with the disappearance of boundaries, the following heuristic reflections will concentrate on a few selected phe-nomena and changes of boundaries under conditions of increasing and intensified cross-border politics. While concentrating on boundaries that are constitutive with regard to state theory, the focus lies on par-ticular modes of appearance of these boundaries in times of intensified inter-, trans-, and supranational relations. In doing so, boundaries will be understood as social and political phenomena, while at the same time taking their epistemic significance into account. It should be considered if we are really dealing with the dissolving of traditional boundaries in cross-border politics or rather with the volatility of boundaries, i.e. with flexible boundary lines, whereas the boundary’s political and epistemic quality and function are not necessarily modified or weakened.

Das kollektive Bewusstsein zwischen Positivismus und Kritischer Schule. Adornos Durkheim-Kritik

Aug 9th, 2012 | By | Category: Spatial concepts, Spatial Cybernetics, Topics

Even if Durkheim has received wide intercultural acknowledgement as a theoretician of modern sociology, one of his main concepts, the doctrine of collective consciousness, has been severely criticized by Adorno. To the extent, his reading provides evidence of diametrical methodical thinking and of clashing conviction. Nevertheless, there are several arguments which speak in favor of Durkheim: (i) his empirical foundation in connection with the lifelong attempt to provide consciousness a standing on this secondary collective balance; (ii) his awareness of the scaling of representations between distinctive fusion and broader aggregation; (iii) his succinct understanding of their interconnectedness to societal relationships; (iv) his orientation towards non-individualism and polarity. In particular under this aspect one can observe a failure of Adorno himself, merging the dialectical approach with polarity.

The Network Metaphor & the New Renaissance

Jul 31st, 2012 | By | Category: Sociohistorical analysis, Spatial Cybernetics, Topics

This article is about art and science and a certain parallelism between them in the evolution of Western culture, particularly over the last 150 years. I will try to describe what changes have taken place in our society’s operational schema and our shared paradigm. My construct will be one of art, though a strong influence from science will be evident. I propose that we have been living through a second renaissance provoked by a profound change in the definition and representation of reality by both art and science. Throughout the 20th century, the ideas put forth by both have been extremely unconventional and the two have interacted in ways not always obvious, providing new metaphors, new patterns for defining the future shape of our culture.

Die Rolle politischer Mythen für das moderne ‘nation building’. Wie die Aura deutscher Städte unser Selbstverständnis prägt

Jun 26th, 2012 | By | Category: Spatial concepts, Spatial Cybernetics, Topics

The article devotes to the german legends and on the basis of the concrete examples of Weimar, Nuremberg and Dresden the impact of the aura from these cities on modern nation building in the 20th and 21st century will be investigated.

The spatial specificities of SC and ST population in Kolkata city: approaches, techniques and analysis

Jun 4th, 2012 | By | Category: Spatial concepts, Spatial Cybernetics, Topics

The paper aims at achieving two objectives, firstly, to acquaint the researchers in the field of spatial demography with the techniques of residential segregation; pattern of population distribution based on the concept of spatial statistics and secondly, the practical evaluation of the techniques through real life data. The study queries about any residential segregation and pattern of location of the scheduled caste (SC) and the scheduled tribe (ST) population in Kolkata city by concentrating on the measures of Entropy Index (EI), Atkinson’s Index, Absolute Centralization Index (ACE) and the Global and Local Spatial Autocorrelation (SA) measures of Moran’s I and LISA. The outcome of the study clarifies the fact that caste and race based segregation is being diluted in the wake of Indian urbanization and the spatial clustering tendency of the Concerned Social Group (CSG) is as mild.

Rhythmanalysis Perspective for Mobile Places Studies

Mrz 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Spatial concepts, Spatial Cybernetics, Topics

This article studies the idea of rhythm performance and perception as a tool for mobility places studies. Starting from the analysis of H. Lefebvre classification it introduces observer/actor dichotomy that allows to refer to marginal aspects in rhythmanalysis discussion, such as: mobility places, idea of atmosphere, dichotomy of rhythm/improvisation and applicability of rhythmanalysis to the bigger-scale territories. That allows broadening the limits of disciplinary field of “new urbanism”.

Zur Zeitverwendung von Bachelor-Studierenden in der vorlesungsfreien Zeit

Mrz 22nd, 2012 | By and | Category: Spatial concepts, Spatial Cybernetics, Topics

This paper was developed from a presentation hold on the annual convention of the department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Karlsruher Institute of Technology (KIT) in February 2012. Since the beginning of the Bologna Process the controversial issue of students’ time allocation has been occasionally discussed in the scientific community as well as in public media. It is ambiguous how much time students spend for studying and how they get along with their workload. For the first time a research group at the KIT collected and analysed a large scale of data on students’ time allocation, students’ workload as well as motives for studying during the semester break. This paper contrasts ‘time institutions’ of employees like the 40-hour working week with student time structures.

Raum als Schicksal? Geografie, Territorium und Landschaft bescheren seinen Bewohnern unterschiedliche Infrastrukturen, Sicherheitszonen und Lebenschancen

Dez 6th, 2011 | By | Category: Sociohistorical analysis, Spatial Cybernetics, Topics

Space is a fundamental category for any form of power. It is also a medium of social relations, articulated as physical and symbolic distance. The production and control of space is thus crucial to any execution of power, representing its potency, reproducing its social order, and neutralizing and naturalizing its objectives through planning processes that lead to a specific physical layout. Any claim to power and property manifests and institutionalizes itself in the act of territorialization. Infrastructure is a prominent practice of the organization of space. It formed a specific understanding of boundaries, zone of security and means of separation: interior/exterior, private/public, legal/illegal.
There have been many voices claiming, that the decisive borders of today’s social order can no longer be defined in space thanks to the impact of new media and the advent of the information and telecommunications revolution. This is seemingly true but geography still matters like Carl John A. Agnew said in the early eighties. So a closer look inspired especially by Carl Schmitt and his famous remarks post WK II in Der Nomos der Welt bears witness not only a massive fragmentation of the landscape but also the production of hermetic spaces and territorial and legal islands.

Von Lustschlössern und Spukhäusern. Raumatmosphären in Kunst, Literatur und Film

Sep 20th, 2011 | By | Category: Spatial concepts, Spatial Cybernetics, Topics

In the baroque age the maison de plaisance – summer residence – was the symbol for the exclusive way of passing the time for the European aristocracy and upper classes. With these grand country seats the atmosphere of pleasure and amusement obtained its architectural arrangement. In modern literature and film this tradition was continued to create with architectural settings spatial atmospheres of highest symbolic expression. The most famous example of dark spatial atmospheres is the haunted house. In many ghost stories and horror films haunted houses play the leading part, and important architectural details, for instance doors, staircases or walks, are transitional elements, which evoke the different moods of fear and terror. These architectural dramaturgies are frequently based on ancient partly mythical patterns of imagination integrated in an archetypal dimension of cultural anthropology. Therefore – if positive or negative – spatial atmospheres have a deep attraction for everyone, especially in media of art, literature and film.

“Land der Tränen”: Sibirien als narrativer Raum in der Verbannungs- und Gulagliteratur

Jul 22nd, 2011 | By | Category: Sociohistorical analysis, Spatial Cybernetics, Topics

This article highlights the historical and literary aspects of exile and punishment as a formative element in the spatial concept of Russian and Soviet empire-building. Using Siberia as a landscape of suffering, it em-pirically discusses the Foucaultian discourse on power and discipline of the modern state. It shows the continuity of the significance of punishment in Russian history in the decisive period of state formation in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Moreover, the attempt of the Russian state to modernize itself with violent measures provoked intellectual, especially literary dissension with a lasting impact on Russian historical memory. Prisons and Gulag labor camps in remote Siberia impose critical reflections on the development of a civil society.

KIT Scientific Publishing, Karlsruhe | Journal of New Frontiers in Spatial Concepts | ISSN 1868-6648