Biographies & the Production of Space

The central topic »Biographies & the Production of Space« assembles contributions that explore the complexity of what makes a place through the lives of people and objects that are part of these places – their structure, their composition, their occupation, and their journeys. In series of events held between 2016 and 2017, the notion of »biography« was proposed as a means to exploring the culture of spaces and the sciences of its production. Spaces were understood not simply as containers within which people live and work, but seen a product of human lives and the actions that take place in those spaces. What is the relationship between life and places, politics and spaces in the everyday lives of people and their societies, their objects and their stories?

Human Actions
Spatial Atmospheres

Politics of Spaces
Spaces of Deception

Muhammad Khalid Akhtar: Love in Chakiwara and Other Misadventures. India 2016.

Muhammad Khalid Akhtar: Chakiwara Mein Visaal. India 1964.

James Boswell: Life of Johnson. London 1791.

Chandrahas Choudhury: Arzee the Dwarf. 2009.

Joseph Conrad: »The Secret Sharer,« in: Harper’s Magazine, August 1910 – September 1910, vol. 121, pp. 328-486, vol. 122, pp. 488-648.

Frantz Fanon: Sociologie d’une révolution. Paris 1968.

Daphne Oram: An Individual Note of Sound, Music and Electronics. London 1972.

Herman Melville: Moby-Dick; or The Whale. London 1851.

Fred Mote: »Blackness and Nothingness (Mysticism in the Flesh),« in: South Atlantic Quarterly 112, no. 4, 2013, pp. 737–80.

Fernando Pessoa: The Book of Disquiet. Lissabon 1982.

Edward Soja: Postmodern Geographies: The Reassertion of Space in Critical Social Theory. London 1989.

Edward Soja: Thirdspace: Journeys to Los Angeles and Other Real-and-Imagined Places. Oxford 1996.