Borders and Territories II: Spatial Representations of Connections and Disconnections

The second symposium in the ANCB programme Borders and Territories: Identity in Place with Nadine Godehardt, Malkit Shoshan, and Lucas Verweij.

Date: Thursday, 27 September 2018, 6.30 pm
Place: ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin

After the kick-off event in March 2018, this second symposium in the series will deal with Spatial Representations of Connections and Disconnections and the transfer of geopolitical and socio-cultural imaginaries of the world. Each world map reveals a particular worldview with its deposited moral, political, or economical convictions. But maps can also be instruments to analyse contested political situations. Our speakers will bring together artistic, planning, and political persepectives: Lucas Verweij will look into how maps construct our worldview and explore alternative ways to map the world. Nadine Godehardt will introduce how new dimensions of China’s global connectivity politics constitute new political spaces and/or awaken dormant regions. Finally, Malkit Shoshan will talk about the difficult undertaking of developing alternative imaginaries and policies to improve people’s livelihood in the conflict-affected environments of Israel-Palestine and elsewhere, which underlines that the use of territory as well as spatial planning are highly political instruments.

Welcome and Introduction
Hans-Jürgen Commerell, Director, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin
Sascha Suhrke, Programme Director Politics and Society, ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, Hamburg

Lucas Verweij, Artist, Berlin: Alternative Worldmaps
Nadine Godehardt, Deputy Head of Research Division Asia, SWP, Berlin: Mapping China’s Global Connectivity Politics
Malkit Shoshan, Director, FAST. Foundation for Achieving Seamless Territory, Amsterdam/New York: Mapping a Conflict

Front-Row Respondents
Raphael Bossong, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin
Peter Lintl, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin

Benjamin Tallis, Researcher, Institute of International Relations, Prague / Visiting Research Fellow, ANCB, Berlin

This ANCB programme aims to examine new spatial, geopolitical and cultural possibilities related to nations and people on our globe. In this discourse, we consider identity as a spatial problem caught between territorial claims and today’s global dynamics. Concepts of dividing and connecting are vital to address the question what is or makes territories that are defined (1) physically/politically, (2) by culture and ways of thinking and (3) by common interests such as economy. What type of physical, infrastructural and political basis has to be established to meet the various ideas of home and “Heimat” of societies that are increasingly culturally diverse and socially divided? How can we use their potential? This includes the investigation of borders of different qualities – from physical divisions, “rurban” situations and political frontiers of countries and states to invisible boundaries between disciplines and social or cultural borders. In the course of this process, new strategies of perceiving, evaluating, and designing space may be generated and subsequently their creative, social and political relevance can be investigated and tested. We will explore the multidimensionality of space, by whom it is built, and how the use of space then reflects on the idea of identity.

In collaboration with:
ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, Hamburg

Image: Lucas Verweij