Space Undone

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PinniB 4087


Research Group on Spatial Studies and Environmental Humanities, Plural Research Centre (COMS)

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Ever since Henri Lefebvre's seminal work The Production of Space, theories of spatiality have examined the production and construction of space in various contexts. However, the flipside of these processes, i.e. the de-construction and disintegration of space, remains comparatively undertheorised. Yet a critical interrogation of the "undoing" of space tells us as much - if not more - about the dynamic and ephemeral qualities of spatiality as a focus on its production. Accordingly, this seminar aims to explore various questions that emerge from a focus on "Space Undone."

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9:30 - 11:00
Miljana Zekovic and Višnja Žugić (University of Novi Sad, Serbia): The Spiral of Space: Endless Transitions & The Excitement of Uncertainty

11:00 - 11:20 Coffee break

11:20 - 13:00 Session 1: Utopian/Dystopian Spaces
Juho Rajaniemi: Perirealistic Dystopia and the Principle of No-Hope
Saara Maier: Mirrors as Fragile Utopias in Sasha Maria Salzmann's Außer sich
Juha Räihä: Utopian Spaces in Soviet Science Fiction: Alexander Belyaev's Under the Arctic Skies
Janna Lumiruusu: A Feeling for the Stone: An Interoceptive View

13:00 - 14:10 Lunch

14:20 - 16:00 Session 2: Spatial Disruptions
Sarah Hiles: Sensory Spatiality and the Congo of Conrad, Greene and Naipaul
Anni Kangas and Inna Perheentupa: Escaping with Nasreddin: Producing Urban Disruptions Through Art, Activism and Migration in Saint Petersburg
Markku Salmela: "Things flash and die": Don de Lillo and the Polo Grounds
Johannes Riquet: Disappearing Space of Diaspora

18:00: Dinner (restaurant tba)

To sign up for the workshop, send an e-mail to by 10 October; please specify whether you will come to the dinner (at your own expense).


For more information, please contact:
Johannes Riquet (