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Working with Space

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  • Fri 02 Dec 2016 09.00 - 17.30
  Add to Calendar 2016-12-02 9:00 2016-12-02 17:30 Europe/Paris Working with Space

It is a recent trend in historical research to use ´spatial´ terms: place, space, locality, region, scales, boundary or frontier. But beyond words, what does it mean to work with space in History? From the 1980s onwards, geographers have engaged in fasting conceptions of space with social theory and cultural studies, just as the Annales School asserted the importance of including geography in historical research. More recently, the spatial turn has also deeply renewed the history of science questionnaire by underlining the places of production of knowledge, while economic history has underlined the global scale.

In these discussions, space does not only appear as a geographical unit but also offers a new framework where the historians can contextualise their research. However, the ambiguous and often interchangeable, (when not uncritical) uses of spatial terms bring about certain challenges that researchers are continuously faced with. As a result, the present workshop will be organised around one question: how do historians work with space today?

We are convinced that a play needs a stage; historians have started to adopt increasingly complex approaches. All of them have given way to a reflection about the relations between society, time and space, bringing researchers to face three main problems: the (in)existence of a common communicative sphere, the scaling of the research, and finally the relation between space and practice of history. The idea of this workshop stems from the possibilities that ´space´ offers for historical research. By bearing this in mind, we intend to put in parallel both the spatial concepts and the practical cases that as historians we use, with the aim of having a discussion in which the learning outcome would be:

- A better understanding/conceptual framing of geographical terms used

- A better understanding of historical research practice in relation with space

- A thorough examination of research problems related to space

This workshop is a collaborative project between the History and Civilization Department of the European University Institute and the Transnational and Spatial Centre of the University of St. Andrews, and it will take place in Florence on 2 December 2016. During one day, the researchers will be invited to join a discussion organized in four panels with papers of ten minutes each, to explain their research in relation to one of the following questions:

• Practice and Space: Is space an object?
• Space and travelers: What is the relation between mobile individuals and places?
• Space and actors of the economy: What is the spatial sense of individuals?
• Space and knowledge: How do agents interact with space in producing knowledge?


Sala del Camino, Villa Salviati DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala del Camino, Villa Salviati

It is a recent trend in historical research to use ´spatial´ terms: place, space, locality, region, scales, boundary or frontier. But beyond words, what does it mean to work with space in History? From the 1980s onwards, geographers have engaged in fasting conceptions of space with social theory and cultural studies, just as the Annales School asserted the importance of including geography in historical research. More recently, the spatial turn has also deeply renewed the history of science questionnaire by underlining the places of production of knowledge, while economic history has underlined the global scale.

In these discussions, space does not only appear as a geographical unit but also offers a new framework where the historians can contextualise their research. However, the ambiguous and often interchangeable, (when not uncritical) uses of spatial terms bring about certain challenges that researchers are continuously faced with. As a result, the present workshop will be organised around one question: how do historians work with space today?

We are convinced that a play needs a stage; historians have started to adopt increasingly complex approaches. All of them have given way to a reflection about the relations between society, time and space, bringing researchers to face three main problems: the (in)existence of a common communicative sphere, the scaling of the research, and finally the relation between space and practice of history. The idea of this workshop stems from the possibilities that ´space´ offers for historical research. By bearing this in mind, we intend to put in parallel both the spatial concepts and the practical cases that as historians we use, with the aim of having a discussion in which the learning outcome would be:

- A better understanding/conceptual framing of geographical terms used

- A better understanding of historical research practice in relation with space

- A thorough examination of research problems related to space

This workshop is a collaborative project between the History and Civilization Department of the European University Institute and the Transnational and Spatial Centre of the University of St. Andrews, and it will take place in Florence on 2 December 2016. During one day, the researchers will be invited to join a discussion organized in four panels with papers of ten minutes each, to explain their research in relation to one of the following questions:

• Practice and Space: Is space an object?
• Space and travelers: What is the relation between mobile individuals and places?
• Space and actors of the economy: What is the spatial sense of individuals?
• Space and knowledge: How do agents interact with space in producing knowledge?



Location:
Sala del Camino, Villa Salviati

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Workshop

Speaker:
Dr. Struck Bernhard (University of St Andrews)
Regina Grafe (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)
Stephane Van Damme
Pieter Judson (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)

Organiser:
Pablo Hernández Sau (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)
Martin Vailly (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)
Nazli Songülen (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)

Contact:
Fabrizio Borchi (EUI - Department of History and Civilization) - Send a mail

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