The final program for our upcoming KOSMOS workshop BEYOND URBAN TRANSFORMATION. Interdisciplinary Perspectives of Urban Everyday Life is out now. We are very looking forward to meeting excellent and inspiring speakers & participants from all over the world to widen our perspectives on urban commons and resilience. 

For more information please have a look into our program online: Program_Workshop_Beyond-Urban-Transformation. As the workshop is closed for admitted participants, we are happy to invite you to our public lecture and opening keynote:

Prof. Dr. Alexa Färber

Institute for European Ethnology, Universtiy of Vienna, Austria

THE CITY AS PROMISSORY ASSEMBLAGE OR: HOW TO THINK AND STUDY THE NON-/TRANSFORMATIVE

on September 5th, 2018, 6 p.m.

Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies

Humboldt-University of Berlin.

ABSTRACT
Cities are ever-changing arrangements of human and non-human actors, of ideas and their realizations, of lived, experienced and represented urban environments. Concepts in urban studies, therefore, focus on different kinds of transformations that have taken place throughout history, how these transformations have come about, and what urban morphologies result from these transformations. From the perspective of everyday routines, stability, dependability, and reliability are indispensable for secure ways of living and experiencing the city. This tension of the urban as non-/transformative is articulated by manyfold promises made in and by the city. In this lecture, Prof. Alexa Färber proposes to think this non-/transformative character of the urban together with the notion of promissory assemblage. An understanding of the city as promissory assemblage allows us to study how different urban scales of are interrelated, and enables us to grapple the contradictory character of concepts such as “commons” and “urban resilience.” The remaining question is: How do we meet situations where the non-/transformative is an issue of everyday concern in the city?

 

 

Posted by:Carolin Genz

Carolin Genz is currently Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Department for Cultural and Social Geography at the Humboldt-University and Research Associate in the Collaborative Research Centre 1265 "Re-Figuration of Spaces" in the project area "Knowledge of Space" at Technische Universtität Berlin. As an urban anthropologist in the intersecting fields of social anthropology, human geography, and urban studies, she constantly develops ethnographic methods to capture the socio-spatial constitution of urban practices. Her research focuses on spatial practices of resistance, housing, and gender.

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