Theodore Schatzki is a professor of Philosophy at the University of Kentucky, whose research and teaching deal with social ontology, theory of action, social theory, the philosophy of the social sciences, and 20th-century continental philosophy. He is the author of four books: Social Practices (1996), The Site of the Social (2002), Martin Heidegger: Theorist of Space (2007) and The Timespace of Human Activity (2010), and various other articles on Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and various topics in philosophy of action, social thought, and continental philosophy.
Below Prof. Schatzki delivers a lecture on ‘The Spaces of Practices and Large Social Phenomena’, as part of the 2011-2012 Alexander von Humboldt Lecture Series on “Spatial Practices”:
Abstract: This presentation argues that the spaces of large social phenomena are versions of the spaces of social practices, or rather, versions of the spaces of bundles of practices and material arrangements. It begins by discussing how practice-arrangement bundles both have and make spaces, differentiating between objective spaces and something called ‘activity space’. The presentation then explains how the spaces of such large phenomena as universities, economic systems, and international federations embrace the objective spaces, and draw on the interwoven activity spaces, of the practice-arrangement bundles they encompass. The talk concludes by disparaging the idea that society, or social life, is composed of levels, arguing that micro and macro phenomena, like small and large ones, are laid out in the same one plenum of linked practices and arrangements.