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International Symposium: Urban Citizenship Revisited

Urban Citizenship Revisited

Rights, Recognition and Distribution in Berlin and Tel Aviv

September 15th & 16th 2011


The Urban and Regional Sociology Program at Humboldt-University Berlin is excited to announce the International Symposium: Urban Citizenship Revisited. Rights, Recognition and Distribution in Berlin and Tel Aviv.

The symposium will survey the field of urban citizenship practices in Berlin and Tel Aviv and theorize urban citizenship from a comparative and multidisciplinary perspective. Scholars from Israel, Germany, and other European countries will discuss current forms of inclusion and exclusion into the political, civic, economic, and cultural spheres of both cities, as well as theoretical questions concerning the analytical and normative framework of the urban citizenship concept. Please note that the Symposium will be held in English.

For more information:

please download the detailed conference anouncement here     => download anouncement (PDF)

please download the abstracts of all lectures here                      => download abstracts (PDF)

please download the detailed program here                                => download program (PDF)

    When: September 15th & 16th 2011

    Where: Department of Social Sciences at Humboldt-University Berlin

    Universitätsstraße 3b, 10099 Berlin, Germany

Keynote Lecture by Oren Yiftachel & Closing Remarks by Roland Roth

Confirmed speakers: Yishai Blank // Talja Blokland // Nir Cohen // Henrik Lebuhn // Britta Grell // Duygu Gürsel // Christine Hentschel // Andrej Holm // Ina Kerner // Adriana Kemp // Kira Kosnick // Armin Kuhn // Stephan Lanz // Talia Margalit // Galia Rattner // Gökce Yurdakul

Organizing Team: Talja Blokland // Henrik Lebuhn // Talia Margalit // Oren Yiftachel

Student Assistants: Susanna Raab // Tilman Versch

The Symposium is free of charge. Please register via Email at:






Thursday, September 15th



9:30 – 10:00h    Welcome Speech & Opening Remarks


    Talja Blokland (Humboldt-University Berlin)

10:00 – 12:00h   Keynote Lecture


    Chair: Ina Kerner (Humboldt-University Berlin)   

    Oren Yiftachel (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev):
    Urban Citizenship in the 21st Century: Between Privatizing Democracy and Creeping Apartheid

12:00 – 13:30h    Lunchbreak



13:30 – 15:30h    PANEL I: Public Space, Urban Culture, and the Right to Diversity

    Chair: Christine Hentschel (Humboldt-University Berlin)

    Nir Cohen (Ruppin Academic Center) and Talia Margalit (Tel Aviv University):
    New Citizens, Old Diversity: Labor Migrants and Networked Spaces in Tel Aviv

    Kira Kosnick (Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main):
    Conflicting Diversities: Urban Leisure Publics and Struggles over Space in the Neoliberal City

    Duygu Gürsel and Gökce Yurdakul (Humboldt-University Berlin):
    Kanak Attak invades the City: Challenging Citizenship and Integration Policies


15:30 – 16:00h    Coffeebreak


16:00 – 18:00h    PANEL II: Human Security as a Local Public Good

    Chair: Talia Margalit (Tel Aviv University)

    Britta Grell (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin/WZB):
    Confronting Social Exclusion in Deprived Neighbourhoods: Successes and Failures in Berlin

    Yishai Blank (Tel Aviv University):
    Affordability and Citizenship:
    Contested Meanings of Affordable Housing and the Struggle over Urban Citizenship in Tel Aviv

    Andrej Holm (Humboldt-University Berlin):
    Excluded Berlin: Housing at the Margins of Urban Citizenship




Friday, September 16th


9:00 – 11:00h    PANEL III: Participation in Urban Politics

    Chair: Henrik Lebuhn (Humboldt-University Berlin)

    Adriana Kemp and Galia Rattner (Tel Aviv University):
    The Making of Partnership and 'Networked Experts'.
    Urban Renewal and Participation in Yaffo Gimmel

    Armin Kuhn (Potsdam University):
    From Citizenship to Social Struggle.
    Participation Mechanism as a Point of Reference for Protest and Self-Organization in Berlin

    Stephan Lanz (Viadrina-University Frankfurt/Oder):
    Be Berlin! Governing the City through Citizenship


11:00-11:30h   Coffeebreak




11:30 - 13:00h    Continuation of Panel-Discussion in Workshops 

    Workshop I: Public Space, Urban Culture, and the Right to Diversity

    Workshop II: Human Security as a Local Public Good

    Workshop III: Participation in Urban Politics


13:00 - 14:30h    Lunchbreak




14:30 - 16:00h    Plenary Session: Reports from the Workshops


    Chair: Talja Blokland (Humboldt-University Berlin)


16:00 – 16:30h    Coffeebreak


16:30 – 18:00h    Closing Remarks and final discussion


    Roland Roth (Hochschule Magdeburg)



Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the International Office, the Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies and the Urban and Regional Sociology Program at Humboldt University Berlin.