Counter-Mappings in art and architecture (Diana Lucas-Drogan)

The spaces we inhabit are structured by power structures and rules. In this dependency, our body, performances, and the way we navigate urban space interlink. In her works Diana Lucas-Drogan (re)draws and performs the cultural codes in counter-mappings and reflects on methods of representing the research field. Working as a freelance architect and artist, she…

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Urban transformation and beyond

We are happy to provide some first glimpse and insights of DAY I of our workshop “Beyond Urban Transformation”. Prof. Alexa Färber (Institute for European Ethnology, University of Vienna, Austria), Prof. Ignacio Farías (Professor for Urban Anthropology, Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt-University of Berlin), Prof. Talja Blokland (Professor for Regional and Urban Sociology, Humboldt-University of…

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Always transformation: Theorizing the dynamic city and challenges for ethnography (Prof. Talja Blokland)

Prof. Talja Blokland Professor for Regional and Urban Sociology, Humboldt University of Berlin That the urban is undergoing transformations is inherent: whereas urban studies may have searched for the city of stability and equilibrium, more and more scholars now focus on the dynamics of the urban. This means, however, that our understanding of the urban…

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Paradigm shifts in global urban transformation: Upping sticks and going on? (Prof. Tasleem Shakur)

In the past 30 years we have witnessed a proliferation of exhaustive literature on trendy subjects such as ‘Globalisation’, ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Urban Changes’. Varied branches of Humanities and Social Sciences have engaged in the stock taking of ‘Urban transitions’, and the rhetoric of multi-disciplinary study and research approaches on urban phenomenon are over-emphasized and coined in…

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Parts and traps in participatory urbanism (Prof. Ignacio Farías)

Participation is the moment/practice in which things that are otherwise taken for granted can be problematized. My talk will depart from two observations concerning current transformations in urban politics. The first one is that one of the most significant technological challenges for contemporary collectives lies in the design, maintenance and integration of urban infrastructures. If…

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KICKOFF Keynote: The city as promissory assemblage (Prof. Alexa Färber)

Big thanks to Prof. Alexa Färber for this inspiring kickoff lecture and her thoughts and insights on concepts of the city as promissory assemblage and the non-/transformative as an everyday concern, raising questions on how to engage with promises, both unfulfilled and enduring, especially in urban infrastructures. “Cities are ever-changing arrangements of human and nonhuman…

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