The Emergence of Transnational Social Spaces
Thursday and Friday
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.
§ 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
13.00: Lunch Welcome: Horst Kern
II. International Migration and Transnational Social Spaces
14.30: International Migration and the Durability of Transnational Social Spaces
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
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
10.30: Transnationalization of Companies & their Industrial Relations Martin Baethge
Jürgen Kädtler, Hans-Joachim Sperling
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