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Symposia at the Studio of Villa Bosch
Heidelberg University
Department of Geography
Berliner Str. 48
69120 Heidelberg

Regina Lenz
Anna Mateja Punstein
Laura Suarsana

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Program of "Knowledge and Power"

Wednesday, June 17
Thursday, June 18
Friday, June 19
Saturday, June 20

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Welcome Address and Introduction into the Symposium

Peter Meusburger (Geography), University of Heidelberg (Germany)

Session 1:        Knowledge and Power: Theoretical Considerations

Chair:  Anssi Paasi (Geography), University of Oulu (Finland)

Power - A Potential and Its Uses

Wolfgang Scholl (Psychology), Humboldt University Berlin (Germany)


Enabling Knowledge

Nico Stehr (Sociology), Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen (Germany)


Coffee Break

Knowledge Between Language and Social Control

Ingo Warnke (Linguistics), University of Bern (Switzerland)


General Discussion (Session 1)

Closure of Session 1


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Session 2:        Politics and Space – I

Chair:  Derek Gregory (Geography), University of British Columbia (Canada)

Geopolitics of Knowledge about World Politics

John Agnew (Geography), University of California (USA)


Mapping Without a Net: Knowledge and Ontology of the Map

Jeremy Crampton (Geography), Georgia State University (USA)


Coffee Break

Two Men of War and Their Big Idea: Walter Christaller, Edward Ullman, and Central Place Theory

Trevor Barnes (Geography), University of British Columbia (Canada)


General Discussion (Session 2)


Session 3:        Politics and Space – II

Chair:  John Agnew (Geography), University of California (USA)

Another Order of Things: Military Imaginaries and the Middle East                    

Derek Gregory (Geography), University of British Columbia (Canada)


Who Gets the Past? The Changing Face of Authority and Knowledge in Muslim-Majority Societies

Dale Eickelman (Anthropology), Dartmouth College (USA)


Coffee Break

General Discussion (Session 3)

Closure of Session 3


Friday, June 19, 2009

Session 4:        The Power of Religion

Chair: Dale Eickelman (Anthropology), Dartmouth College (USA)

Between Omnipotence and Powerlessness: Religious Symbolizations and Theological Interpretations of Power

Klaus Tanner (Systematical Theology), University of Heidelberg (Germany)


Knowledge About the Future: Thoughts on the Status of Divination in the Ancient Near East

Stefan Maul (Assyriology), University of Heidelberg (Germany)


Coffee Break

‘A Heavenly Kingdom Shall Descend’: How Millennialism Spread From New England to the United States of America

Robert Jewett (Theology), Garrett/Northwestern University Evanston (USA)


General Discussion (Session 4)



Session 5:        The Enforcement of Capitalism

Chair: Ariane Berthoin-Antal (International Relations), Social Science Research Center Berlin (Germany)

Elites, Variations of Power and the Monetary Power Complex

Hans-Jürgen Krysmanski (Sociology), University of Münster (Germany)


Tau(gh)t Subjects

Sarah de Leeuw (Geography), University of Northern British Columbia (Canada)


Coffee Break

General Discussion (Session 5)

Closure of Session 5

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Session 6:        To Communicate and Publish: A Basis of Power

Chair: Trevor Barnes (Geography), University of British Columbia (Canada)

What a Book (or Two) Can Do

Graeme Wynn (Geography), University of British Columbia (Canada)


Hot Spots, Dark Side Dots, Tin-pots? Reflections on the Uneven Internationalism in Global Academic Markets

Anssi Paasi (Geography), University of Oulu (Finland)


Coffee Break

Media Control in the 20th Century

Jürgen Wilke (Communication Studies), University of Mainz (Germany)


Final Discussion (Session 6 and on Perspectives on Future Research on Knowledge and Power)


End of the Symposium

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