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The Emergence of Transnational Social Spaces
International Migration and Globally Operating Companies

Thursday and Friday
4th and 5th of March 1999

At: Großer Seminarraum
Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek
University Library (SUB)

For correspondence:

Humboldtallee 3
37073 Göttingen
Tel.: +49 (551) 39-7202
Fax: +49 (551) 39-7200

Sponsored by the Volkswagen-Foundation


During the 20th century the thinking about social phenomena has been inextricably linked to the boundaries of the nation-state. Accordingly, social space (composed of routinized social practices, framework of symbols and setting of artifacts) became more and more tied to rather clearly defined geographic spaces as „national containers".

Terms such as globalization, virtual reality, cyberspace, or tele-management indicate that this reciprocal exclusiveness of geographic and social space is changing in two ways. On the one hand, very different social spaces with no relationship to one another, and no previous geographic overlap, can become stacked within one and the same geographic space. On the other hand, a social space can also expand over several geographic spaces.

Within this framework, the International Symposium focusses on the latter: the emergence of Transnational Social Spaces as a result of new forms of international migration and the increasing activities of transnational companies.

A growing part of social life spanning more than one locale - in this case: even more than one „national society" - represents a severe challenge to social scientists as well as to politicians and other practitioners.


§ Martin Baethge, professor of Sociology, Director of Institute for Sociological Research (SOFI), University Göttingen

§ Thomas Faist, researcher, Institute for Intercultural and International Studies, University Bremen

§ Jörg Flecker, researcher, Director of Working Life Research Centre (FORBA), Wien

§ Luin Goldring, professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, York University, Ontario

§ Fernando Herrera, professor of Sociology, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, México-D.F.

§ Jeffrey Jurgens, Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

§ Jürgen Kädtler, researcher, Institute for Sociological Research (SOFI), Göttingen

§ Horst Kern, professor of Sociology and President of the University Göttingen

§ Hermann Kotthoff, Director of Institute for Social Research and Social Economy (ISO), Saarbrücken

§ Peter Lösche, professor of political science, Director of Center for European and North-American Studies (ZENS), University Göttingen

§ Saúl Macías, professor of economics, Department of Economics, Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Puebla

§ Kathrin Möslein, researcher, Institute of Economics and Law, Technical University München

§ Ludger Pries, actually professor of Sociology, Center for European and North-American Studies (ZENS), University Göttingen

§ Ralf Reichwald, professor of Economics, Institute of Economics and Law, Technical University München

§ Saskia Sassen, professor of Sociology and the College, University of Chicago

§ Gert Schmidt, professor of Sociology, Institute of Sociology, University Erlangen-Nürnberg

§ Ruth Simsa, researcher, Institute of Sociology, University for Economics and Business Administration, Wien

§ Robert Smith, professor of Sociology, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York

§ Hans-Joachim Sperling, researcher, Institute for Sociological Research (SOFI), Göttingen

§ Willfried Spohn, professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

§ Benno Werlen, professor of Social Geography, Institute of Geography, University Jena



Thursday, 4th of March 1999

I. The Social and the Space: Some General Aspects

09.15: Opening Peter Lösche

09.30: Introduction: The Approach of Transnational Social Spaces Ludger Pries

10.00: Discussion

10.30: The Social and the Space in the Globalization Process Benno Werlen

11.00: Discussion and Break

12.00: Transnationalization in politics and culture Thomas Faist

12.30: Discussion

13.00: Lunch Welcome: Horst Kern

II. International Migration and Transnational Social Spaces

14.30: International Migration and the Durability of Transnational Social Spaces

Robert Smith

15.00: Gender and geography of citizenship practices in Mexico-US transnational spaces Luin Goldring

15.30: Discussion and Break

16.30: Transnational Social Spaces and Mexican-US-Migration Fernando Herrera and Saúl Macías

17.00: Transnational Social Spaces and Turkish-German-Migration Jeffrey Jurgens

          17.30: Discussion

Friday, 5th of March 1999

III. Globally Operating Companies and Transnational Social Spaces

09.00: Pluri-local Social Spaces in International Companies: Fragmented or Global? Hermann Kotthoff

09.30: Pluri-local Social Spaces by Tele-Cooperation in International Companies?

Ralf Reichwald and Kathrin Möslein

10.00: Discussion

10.30: Transnationalization of Companies & their Industrial Relations Martin Baethge

Jürgen Kädtler, Hans-Joachim Sperling

11.00: Transnational Control and Co-ordination in Business Organizations Jörg Flecker and Ruth Simsa

11.30: Discussion and Break

12.30: Globalization, Society and Space Saskia Sassen

13.15: Discussion

14.00: Lunch

IV. Transnational Social Spaces: The Challenge of New Research Methods

15.30: Globalization, International Research and Regional Studies Willfried Spohn

16.00: Inter-national, Cross-national and Trans-national Comparative Research

Gert Schmidt

16.30: Discussion and Closing

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