Contemporary Configurations of Space

Joint Doctoral Symposium Berlin / Copenhagen / London

Space is a social morphology: it is to lived experience what form itself is to the living organism, and just as intimately bound up with function and structure”.

Henri Lefebvre, The Production of Space (1991), p. 94.


This Joint Doctoral Symposium proposes to raise questions about how we produce and conceive of space, its functions, and structures. Spatial configurations are understood as interconnected sets of physical, social, political, and mental processes: produced in the active making of collective space, and processed in subjective cognition.

The aim of the symposium is to investigate how we continually process space; how we construct, disrupt, and reconstruct space today. This involves such polar concepts as exclusion vs. inclusion, power vs. powerlessness, collectiveness vs. individuality, public vs. private, and virtuality vs. physicality. Key sub-topics may touch on abstraction, narration, network, body, intimacy, identity, memory, and future — seen in relationship to space.

The symposium will be divided into three parallel sections that will approach configurations of space on three different levels: one focusing on physical properties of space, a second one addressing social and political production of space, and a third level engaging with mental processing of space.

We call for papers of app. 300 words with suggestions for readings and concepts for the topic of the symposium. We encourage the participants to propose alternative presentation forms such as performances, films, or other, as well as teamwork and co-presentations. Regular papers and text discussions will also be accepted.

Course dates
12 June 2014 - 14 June 2014

University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Humanities 
Karen Blixensvej 4, Room TBA
Copenhagen S


2,3 for participation/3,8 for participation with paper.

Please register via the link above by May 18th, 2014.

Submission of paper:
Please submit your paper no later than June 5th, 2014 to

When registering, please include your name, email address, department, and state the title of your presentation and which of the three sections you prefer to engage with.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the organizers:

Accommodation will unfortunately not be provided, but the University of Copenhagen will assist you to find affordable accommodation if needed. 


The symposium includes a joint visit to the "Dansehallerne" in Copenhagen to see the dance performance “Trumpets in the Sky” on Thursday 12 June, 8 pm.

Trumpets in the Sky is an atmospheric and sensuous performance which deals with the emotions of fear. Performer's presence, light and sound are equal and directly relate to the architecture of the space.”

NB: When registering, please also let us know if you are able to participate, so we can organize the tickets. No entrance fee for participants of the symposium.


The European Doctoral Seminar in Culture, Criticism & Creativity meets three times a year, in Berlin, Copenhagen, and London, and comprises PhD students from:

Freie Universität Berlin - University of Copenhagen - Goldsmiths, University of London - University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.