Workshop II | September 5 – 8, 2018 | Berlin

Beyond Urban Transformation. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Urban Everyday Life
Organizers: Carolin Genz, Aylin Yildirim Tschoepe
KOSMOS Workshop “Beyond Urban Transformation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Urban Everyday Life”, organized by the Urban Ethnography Lab and funded by the Excellence Initiative by Humboldt-University of Berlin, hosted at Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies, September 5-8, 2018 in Berlin. In cooperation with Harvard University, the University of Toronto and Humboldt-University of Berlin the workshop brings together senior and junior scholars from urban anthropology, human geography and design to collaborate on researching how urban transformation can be studied ethnographically from the perspective of urban everyday practice along the topics of urban commons and resilience.

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PUBLIC LECTURE | Prof. Dr. Alexa Färber : “The city as promissory assemblage or: how to think and study the non-/transformative”


Urban transformation and beyond

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

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

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

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

DAY II: Doing Urban Ethnography

Decoding mapping as practice: an interdisciplinary approach in architecture and urban anthropology

Entering the Urban Field

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

“REmap your morning trip”

Tower block tales (Sebastian Bührig)

RENT REBELS – Resistance against the sell-out of Berlin

DAY III: Urban Commons & Resilience

The production of common space (Prof. Stavros Stavrides)

Urban Commons Roundtable (Dr. Mary Dellenbaugh-Losse)

Workshop I | August 29 – 30, 2017 | Toronto

Ethnography in Urban Settings. Intersections. Methods. Visions.

Our first workshop Ethnography in Urban Settings: Intersections. Methods. Visions. took place on August 29th and August 30th, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The workshop straddled the disciplinary boundaries of urban anthropology and human geography, with the intended purpose to promote rigorous experimentation with innovative ethnographic research techniques in urban settings at the intersection of social sciences, art, and design. For information on the detailed program find the PDF here: WORKSHOP_Program_Ethnography_in_Urban_Settings

More links and information to the workshop:

Fold-Up Mapping Booklet

30 Shades of Spadina Ave.

Sensory Mapping through Smellscapes

From the Imagination to the Materialization of Urban Data

Digital Mapping: Ethnography in Urban Contexts

Speaker Insights | Workshop “Ethnography in Urban Settings” Day II

Speaker Insights | Workshop “Ethnography in Urban Settings” Day I


Pictures & Concept (c) Carolin Genz, Toronto 2017

Workshop “Ethnography in Urban Settings”, Urban Ethnography Lab