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

Klara Jungkunz
Marius Zipf

knowledgeandspace
@uni-heidelberg.de
 
News

Volumes 16 and 17 of the Knowledge and Space Book Series are out now!

To read Volume 16 "Space, Place and Educational Settings,"  click here Externer Inhalt (Open Access)

To read Volume 17 "Knowledge and Civil Society,"  click here Externer Inhalt (Open Access)

 

The general outline of the 19th Symposium "Knowledge and Digital Technology: Spatial Relations in a Digital Age" is online now

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To read the program now, click here Externer Inhalt

 

The general outline of the 20th Symposium "Placing the Future" is online now

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General Outline of "Knowledge and Institutions"

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?
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