August 30 - September 2, 2016
This call prepares a session of the Royal Geographic Society 2016 Annual Conference.
The conference will be held in London, UK, fropm Aug 30th to Sep 2nd, 2016.
In recent years we have been observing the establishment of new places such as maker spaces, fab labs, coworking spaces, hacker spaces or living labs. A project funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research subsumes this variety under the heading “Open Creative Labs” (Ibert, 2015). Conceptualizations of such places are still quite tentative in scientific debates, but four distinguished features seem to offer a conceptual frame for these spatial phenomena:
The increasing international distribution of such hybrid spaces raises research questions that so far have rarely been addressed in economic geography. First, even though first tentative typologies of such places emerge (Schmidt et al., 2014), we still know little about their governance structures and user composition. Equally, little is known about the motivations of hosting Open Creative Labs and using them. Second, taking the increasing number of Labs as an indication for something valuable and new is emerging, we know little about value creating practices and the nature of value, because so far the discourse seems to be dominated by being focused on the technology rather than the communities using it. Similarly, there is little knowledge on what role Open Creative Labs play in time-spatial innovation processes or creativity driven value creation processes. And third, even though labs seemingly are attracted by urban, diversified contexts (at least in western cultures), we need to question the link between the place and the territory (Capdevila, 2015).
Paper could, for example, address following questions (but this list is not exhaustive):
The conveners welcome either conceptually or empirically focused papers across the range of topics raised above. In line with this year’s conference theme “nexus thinking” we are welcoming interdisciplinary approaches to the topic and are looking forward also to papers addressing issues on policy relevance, urban and regional development, and societal impact of Open Creative Labs.
The text of this call for proposals in English is available for download in clicking
on the flags or the pdf icon...
The organizers of the RGS-IBG 2016 annual conference will eventually validate the session in the program in considering the quality of the papers submitted. The convenors will keep you posted of this process as soon as information will be available.
To be documented very soon