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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Stadt- und Regionalsoziologie

Sommersemester 19

Hier finden Sie eine Übersicht über das Programm des Think&Drink Kolloquium im Sommersemester 2019. Das Kolloquium findet in der Vorlesungszeit mit einigen Ausnahmen wöchentlich immer Montags von 18 bis 20 Uhr in Raum 002 in der Universitätsstraße 3b statt.


Eine Gesamtübersicht über das Think & Drink Programm in diesem Semester ist hier als pdf downloadbar.


Montag, 29.04.2019

Dr. Tatiana Fogelman, Roskilde University Denmark

Conflicting temporalities, communal politics and governance of religious difference in Copenhagen


Most scholars and lay observers alike see Copenhagen as "a pioneering municipality and a role-model for other municipalities with respect to diversity" in Denmark (Andersen et al 2014: 4). In 2014 the city itself boasted that it had become the 3rd most inclusive city in Europe, according to the Intercultural cities index. It also claimed it was well on its way to achieve its goal to become "the most inclusive metropolis in Europe" by the year 2015. That very same year, however, left-leaning Copenhagen municipality decided to stop accommodating Denmark’s only Jewish nursery and preschool’s request for extra closing days (due to Jewish holidays), effectively forcing it to leave the public sphere, very much against the latter’s wishes. Drawing primarily on document analysis from the case in this talk I seek to understand city’s turnaround and resistance to the accommodation of religious difference against both, the background of self-proclaimed "diversity mainstreaming" in the city, and the existing conceptualizations of urban-scale governance as more progressive and inclusive in their minority and integration policies than national one. Focusing on this case of a communal institution of a religious minority and its navigation between minority and national temporalities, I discuss how difference, including religious difference, has come to be understood and sought to be governed at the municipal and national scale. I draw on concepts of post-secular city, and redistribution and recognition in order to highlight the ongoing difficulties of thinking equality beyond sameness in the Danish context.



Montag, 06.05.2019

Prof. Tommaso Vitale, SciencesPo Paris

From Romanian autochtonies to French slums: Regional migration network, homophilia and integration skills

Recent literature shows that Roma from different regions of Romania have major exchange relationships with people randomly met from settlements in the same slums. Based on the example of Romanian and Bulgarian Roma living in slums, we propose to explore a mixed model combining the effects of selection by relevant territories of trade/social exchange relations and the broader effects of socialisation through cohabitation during migration. This global objective raises several questions:
- Is there a regionalized difference in the socio-professional backgrounds of the population studied?
- How are the effects of selection and socialization balanced in the relations between Romanian and Bulgarian migrants?
- Are slums homogeneous or heterogeneous spaces in terms of regions of origin?
- Is there an effect of selection of exchange relationships on criteria of social integration skills (vocational training, schooling...)?
Empirical data are coming from a database of slum-dwellers in Paris, collected by social workers to respect French regulation and prefecture directives. The existence of data produced for the State for the purpose of social intervention allows us to take up these questions by giving them a more systemic overview: how are regional migration chains and sociability in migration articulated within migration networks?




Montag, 13.05.2019

Dr. Anders Blok, University of Copenhagen

Civic Modes of Greening the City? Urban Natures In-between Familiar Engagement and Green Critique

In this presentation, we deploy the loosely bounded phenomenon of 'urban green communities' – in the shape of urban gardening, beekeeping, food collectives, biodiversity enhancement, tree planting and kindred citizen-based group practices towards urban greening – in order to probe the wide variations in modes of civic engagement with urban sustainability politics. The work of Laurent The´venot on regimes of engagement, in particular, allow us to trace translations in-between the familiar attachments and the public critiques undertaken by urban green communities. Empirically, we leverage this re-conceptualization as part of a comprehensive digital mapping exercise set in Denmark, in which we trace core patterns and differences in modes of urban-green politics at the level of everyday citizen practices. Having identified six such civic modes of urban greening and specified their group styles of engagement, we end by discussing the implications of our findings for questions of care, justice and democracy in sustainable city-making.



Montag, 20.05.2019

Dr. Elena Fontanari, University of Milan / Visiting fellow at the Institute of European Ethnology, Humboldt-Universität; Dr. Laura Colini, Urbact; Nihad El-Kayed, BIM/ Humboldt-Universität; Chair: Dr. Christine Barwick, Centre Marc Bloch; further speaker tba.

[Paneldiskussion] Roundtable „Arrival cities and the incorporation of refugees" (Centre Marc Bloch, Sciences Po Paris, Georg Simmel Zentrum für Metropolenforschung)

In this roundtable discussion, we want to start from the notion of arrival cities / neighborhoods and discuss what facilitates or inhibits the incorporation of refugees. Large cities with a long history of immigration and the corresponding infrastructure are often seen as places where the incorporation of newcomers can occur without much conflict, in contrast to, for example, more rural areas with little experience of immigration. Based on the example of Berlin, we want to discuss the experience of refugee incorporation and thereby analyze the factors that make up an 'arrival city' (or neighborhood). Concurrently, we also look at the factors that inhibit the smooth incorporation of newcomers. We thereby want to discuss a variety of actors, including among others the city administration, civil society, and migrant organizations.



Montag, 27.05.2019

Prof. Fraya Frehse, Universidade de Sao Paulo

Everyday Patterns of Social Inequality in São Paulo's Public Places


The social sciences on social inequality in Brazil emphasize the role that residential places play in the production and/or reproduction of asymmetries of social positioning therein, with the acceleration of economic globalization as of the 1990s. My purpose here is to address what may be said about social disparities in urban space in Brazil by contemplating public places so absolutely receptive to social diversity as the squares of downtown São Paulo during workday afternoons. By tackling ethnographic data about the everyday patterns of bodily use of five of these public places in the city's historical core between March 2013 and August 2014 from a peculiar dialectical and phenomenological perspective, a Lefebvrean and Goffmanian one, peculiarly long-standing body-behavioural and moral inequalities come to the fore.


Montag, 03.06.2019

Dr. Ryan Powell & Dr. John Flint, University of Sheffield

[Book Launch] Class, Ethnicity and State in the Polarized Metropolis: Putting Wacquant to Work

Loïc Wacquant’s sociological approach to understanding the contemporary polarizing city has resonated widely across the social sciences.  His theorizing represents a distinct synthesis which is historically informed, multi-disciplinary, empirical, relational, power-centred, and committed to a constant “espistemic reflexivity”.  Yet Wacquant’s work is often read in “bits and pieces” as a result of academic specialization and the artificial bracketing off of interconnected areas of urban inquiry.  Many critiques fail to fully capture the totalizing nature of Wacquant’s framework and are therefore easily dismissed.    This talk presents content from, and reflects on, a new edited collection, which critically engages Wacquant on his own terms - bringing class, ethnicity and state into a unified frame of analysis in seeking to make sense of the dynamic and complex re-making of urban marginality in “advanced capitalist societies”.  With reference to the diverse contributions within the volume we assess the potential of Wacquant’s work, highlight areas for revision and refinement, and reflect on its further development and expansion beyond the “Global North”.


Montag, 10.06.2019 Feiertag. Es findet kein TnD statt.


Montag, 17.06.2019

Prof. Felipe Link,  Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Residential density and personal social networks. Paradoxes of metropolization?


The hypothesis regarding the relation between personal networks and residential density proposes that in both, low residential density and high residential density, sociability decreases. Despite that, the urban space can be a fertile ground for the consolidation and multiplication of sociability in some specific contexts.

Santiago de Chile is analyzed in different representative neighborhoods of the city, in their different densities and urban characteristics, taking into account the economic and demographic changes, in order to evaluate the structure and composition of personal networks of their residents.

The theoretical framework is based on the idea of relational social capital of Nan Lin, as well as the understanding of social capital as one of the forms of capital, following Pierre Bourdieu. In addition, understanding geography as a structure that encourages or inhibits social relations and a structure that is shaping a new kind of solidarity, as has been described by Francoise Ascher and Barry Wellman.

The methodology corresponds to the analysis of egocentric personal networks of residents in representative neighborhoods of the city in Santiago de Chile.



Montag, 24.06.2019

Prof. Steffen Mau, HU Berlin
Borders are back! Grenzen und Grenzkontrolle im 21. Jahrhundert


Der Vortrag widmet sich der Transformation staatlicher Territorialgrenzen vor dem Hintergrund von Prozessen der Globalisierung und Reterritorialisierung. Im Zentrum steht dabei die Frage, wie Grenzkontrolle verschoben, verstärkt und technologisiert wird. Es wird argumentiert, dass Grenzen immer mehr zu semipermeablen Filtern umgebaut werden, die zwischen erwünschten und unerwünschten Personen unterscheiden und Mobilität weit vor dem eigentlichen Territorium steuern. Zugleich nutzen sie datenbasierte und biometrische Verfahren der Identifikation und Kontrolle, die erweiterte Formen der Selektion und einen höheren Grad an Automatisierung zulassen. Parallel dazu entstehen neue Grenzfortifizierungen, also stark bewehrte und militärisch hochgerüstete Grenzen, die Barrierewirkung ausüben und dazu beitragen, dass die Bewegung von Personen eingedämmt wird. Der Vortrag diskutiert die These, dass im Zusammenspiel von Kontrollverlagerung, Technologisierung und Fortifizierung ein neues Grenzarrangement entsteht, das zugleich ein globales, ungleiches und stark stratifiziertes Mobilitätsregime hervorbringt.


Montag, 01.07.2019

Prof. Tobia Lakes, HU Berlin

Making sense of the spatial location for urban studies using geoinformation science


Spatial data and geoinformation systems are increasingly available for addressing diverse research questions. Indeed, the location in space provides several benefits, however, at the same time, challenges for the scientific workflow. This presentation offers insights in opportunities of geoinformation science for empirical research on environmental justice and childhood health in urban areas. New data sources and techniques are being critically discussed and conclusions are drawn for possible future multi- and transdisciplinary research.