Workshop III | May 25, 2019 | Berlin

Out of the Box: Crossing Boundaries, Interdisciplinary Methods, Visual Communication

Organizers: Aylin Yildirim Tschoepe, Carolin Genz

Aylin Yildirim Tschoepe and Carolin Genz organize a workshop (Walkshop and Roundtable) as part of the alumni conference Beyond Borders by ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius next Saturday, May 25th, 2019 from 10-22 Uhr @ silent green Kulturquartier in Berlin-Wedding.

In this workshop, we will go beyond the proverbial “box” that limits our imagination and sets disciplinary boundaries toward the engagement of interdisciplinary methods. Berlin will be our urban laboratory as we focus on visual communication and embodied experiences in the city. We will explore techniques of observation and documentation through writing, mapping, tracking, sketching. Developed out of our experience as anthropologists/designers, participants receive a fieldwork box which accompanies them. 

The workshop consists of three parts: a short seminar (we touch upon methods from ethnography, design), a walkshop through a specific neighborhood of Berlin which we explore and document through the fieldnote materials, and a roundtable with collaborative mapping where we provide a platform for discussing and sharing information gathered during our site visit.


The conference is organized by the Bucerius Alumni Network and focuses on borders between communes, regions or states, borders in our minds and borders that we impose on ourselves, or that others impose on us. Borders that seem insurmountable, secured by fences or walls and borders between cultures and opinions that need to be overcome. In various formats, including discussions, films, exhibitions, workshops, and performances, the Zeit Stiftung alumni seek to approach the day´s topic “Beyond Borders.” Crossover music by Shkoon will end this exciting day! 

For more information on the programm please visit:

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.

More links and information to the workshop:


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


Carolin Genz is an Urban Anthropologist. She holds a master degree in European Ethnology and Urban Cultures from Humboldt-University of Berlin (2009-2013) and is currently Research Fellow at the Department for Cultural and Social Geography at the Humboldt-University since 2015. Specifically, her research focuses on practices of production and appropriation of space, such as protest and network practices in the light of the housing crisis. As an anthropologist in the intersecting fields of human geography and urban studies, she constantly develops ethnographic methods to capture the socio-spatial constitution of the urban. Furthermore, she is an Associate Researcher in the Collaborative Research Centre 1265 “Re-Figuration of Spaces.”
Carolin Genz is a ZEIT-Stiftung alumna and participated in the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius Summer School “History Takes Place,” which was held in Istanbul in 2013 with a focus on urban studies.

Aylin Yildirim Tschoepe is an anthropologist, architect and instructor. Since her doctoral studies at Harvard University (Graduate School of Design, Middle Eastern Studies, Anthropology, Gender Studies), she engages in research with a diverse range of actors who are involved in and impacted by urban and social transformation. Interested in methodological explorations and questions of new forms of urbanity that arise from productive contest and emancipatory urban practices, she organizes seminars, lectures and workshops around the engendering of cities. As postdoctoral scholar, she is currently involved in an interdisciplinary SNF project “Visual Communication in Urban Planning Processes” at the University of Basel and the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Switzerland, where she studies the role of collaboratively produced images in a network of actors who negotiate desires and visions of belonging to the city.
Aylin Yildirim Tschoepe is a ZEIT-Stiftung alumna and also participated in the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius Summer School “History Takes Place,” which was held in Istanbul in 2013 with a focus on urban studies.