The Urban Ethnography Lab is pleased to announce that Carolin Genz (PhD and Research Fellow, Cultural and Social Geography, Humboldt-University of Berlin), Aylin Yildirim Tschoepe (PhD Candidate in Anthropology and Middle East Studies, Doctor of Design (2012), Harvard University), Jessika Tremblay (PhD Candidate in the University of Toronto Department of Anthropology. UofT) and Emily Hertzman (Postdoctoral Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs, UofT) have been awarded for KOSMOS Workshop by the Excellence Initiative of Humboldt-University of Berlin to forward our partnership building project between University of Toronto, Harvard University and Humboldt-University of Berlin at Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies in 2018. We are happy to continue building institutional links between the departments that are interested in fostering an international network of labs dedicated to spreading the value of ethnographic and qualitative urban research.
SUMMARY | The workshop “Beyond Urban Transformation. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Urban Everyday Life” brings together senior and junior scholars from urban anthropology, geography and design to collaborate on researching how urban transformation can be studied ethnographically from the perspective of everyday practice.
As ethnographers, geographers, artists and urban planners, our research models must navigate multiple scales of analysis in cities while committing to the fine-grained analysis of everyday life experiences of urban transformations, which reflect the larger scale processes of urban change. Under the broad theme of urban transformation, our workshop will focus on the two sub-themes of urban resilience and urban commons. The topics will be explored during the workshop through a detailed process of sharing about current research praxis and developing collaborative, interdisciplinary models for research engagement. We will focus on methodological approaches that generate “thick data” (as opposed to big data) about the practice of the urban everyday life. The workshop will focus explicitly on the connection between core theoretical concepts in urban studies, including resilience, urban commons, and practice, and their concomitant interdisciplinary methodological approaches. The workshop participants will develop new approaches to bridge theoretical concepts with interdisciplinary research methods.