We started DAY I with Pecha Kucha presentations of all of our admitted participants. Through almost twenty-five different perspectives across various disciplines – including geography, architecture, visual communication, anthropology, and more – we discovered common themes:

Political mobilization (class warfare, political violence, resistance, etc.)
(Lack of) commons (physical and spatial division, creating spaces of encounter, participatory design, green urban spaces, etc.)
Questions around housing (self-construction, squatting, etc.)
Demographic flux (revitalization, displacement, gentrification, eviction and dispossession, etc.)
Tactics (interventions, occupation, architectural play, social and artistic performance, digital possibilities, counter-narratives, etc.)

All these various topics with can be looked at under the broad theme of urban transformation referring to questions of knowledge production and enhancing an understanding of local ways of knowing and doing. How do we visualize this kind of data? How do we use data? How do we offer intuitive uses?

The methodological exploration in engaged ethnography is a topic, which connects the participants and workshop contributors. What are new ways of mapping and accessible designs and genres, such mindmaps, collages, collective mapping, sketching? How can we push these methods forward and towards interdisciplinarity? What is embodied in experiencing the city and studying communities, cities and everyday practices through our senses? And what do we understand beyond vision, smell, hearing, taste, or touch?

 

 

Posted by:Carolin Genz

Carolin Genz holds a master degree in European Ethnology and Urban Cultures from Humboldt-University of Berlin (2009-2013) and is currently doing research at the Department for Cultural and Social Geography at the Humboldt-University since 2015. Her Ph.D. topic is: "Urban Resistance: Upheaval of Civil Society? Ethnographical perspectives on the transformation of urban everyday life“. Specifically, her research focuses on practices of production and appropriation of space, urban governance and digital tools of urban resistance and network practices. Furthermore, she is an academic consultant and member of the advisory board for Gender Mainstreaming and Diversity for the Senate Department of Housing and Urban Development in Berlin.

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