Knowledge and Space Symposium*

Knowledge and Space Symposium*

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The Knowledge and Space Symposium deals with the generation, diffusion and application of knowledge under special consideration of the role of the spatial context and the spatial dimension of knowledge-disparities. The topic Knowledge and Space covers various interrelated research questions, which are of great political and economical relevance to society.

Institutions have increasingly become recognized as important conditions for economic, organizational and social development. Since institutions tend to vary across historical time and geographical space and since they are hard to imitate or transmit to other locations, understanding the inherent processes of social institutions poses an interesting challenge for both institutional research and geography. This symposium seeks to facilitate an interdisciplinary dialogue between experts from different fields in the social sciences. Taking into account the different understandings of the term ‘institutions’, from formal and informal rules to organizations to stable interaction patterns and cultural blueprints, the symposium addresses current research challenges recurring around the questions of how exactly “institutions matter”:

  • How do institutions persist and change, and how can we understand institutional change in the process?
  • How can we account for regional variations of institutions and their outcomes?
  • Can we qualify ‘good institutions’ and if so, how?
    How can institutional work bridge the paradox of embedded agency and build new institutions?
  • How do institutions matter for the innovative capacity and knowledge creation of a region?

Symposium History:

Knowledge and Space No. 17, 20.-23. June 2018, Heidelberg, Germany
Conference Theme: Knowledge and Civil Society

Knowledge and Space No. 16, 13.-16. September 2017, Heidelberg, Germany
Conference Theme: The Role of Socio-Environmental Settings for Learning and Educational Attainment

Knowledge and Space No. 15, 28. June-01. July 2017, Heidelberg, Germany
Conference Theme: Knowledge for Governance

Knowledge and Space No. 14, 14.-17. September 2016, Heidelberg, Germany
Conference Theme: Geographies of Schooling: Ideologies, Institutions and Spatial Planning

Knowledge and Space No. 13, 09.-12. September 2015, Heidelberg, Germany
Conference Theme: Knowledge and Institutions

Knowledge and Space No. 12, 03.-06. September 2014, Heidelberg, Germany
Conference Theme: Geographies of the University

Knowledge and Space No. 11, 12.-15. June 2013, Heidelberg, Germany
Conference Theme: Topographies and Topologies of Knowledge

Knowledge and Space No. 10, 15.-18. September 2010, Heidelberg, Germany
Conference Theme: Spatial Mobility of Knowledge

Knowledge and Space No. 9, 16.-19. June 2010, Heidelberg, Germany
Conference Theme: Knowledge and Action

Knowledge and Space No. 8, 07.-10. October 2009, Heidelberg, Germany
Conference Theme: Ethnic and Cultural Dimensions of Knowledge

Knowledge and Space No. 7, 17.-20. June 2009, Heidelberg, Germany
Conference Theme: Knowledge and Power

Knowledge and Space No. 6, 17.-20. September 2008, Heidelberg, Germany
Conference Theme: Learning Organizations

Knowledge and Space No. 5, 25.-28. June 2008, Heidelberg, Germany
Conference Theme: Knowledge and Economy

Knowledge and Space No. 4, 19.-22. September 2007, Heidelberg, Germany
Conference Theme: Cultural Memories

Knowledge and Space No. 3, 27.-30. June 2007, Heidelberg, Germany
Conference Theme: Geographies of Science

Knowledge and Space No. 2, 06.-09. September 2006, Heidelberg, Germany
Conference Theme: Milieus of Creativity

Knowledge and Space No. 1, 19.-22. April 2006, Heidelberg, Germany
Conference Theme: Clashes of Knowledge

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