Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Stadt- und Regionalsoziologie

Wintersemester 21/22

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Montag, 25.Oktober 2021, 18 Uhr
Kick-Off Think & Drink Special Events 2021/22

Talja Blokland, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Looking back and looking ahead: Thoughts on lockdown, urban life and the future of public trust

In this welcoming session of Think & Drink, our first live NDWXQ7fK_400x400.jpgevent since a long time inside, Talja Blokland discusses some of the findings of the BUA-project 'Urban Life under COVID19' in which Berliners reported on their lost activities during lockdown and from there looks ahead at the further questions that these data provoke and looks back at some of the analyses that her team has done so far on these data. In connection with her recent work on public safety, she explores the role of public trust for urban life, the damage to trust that lockdowns may cause, and the questions we may start asking ourselves for the future of public trust in urban space. 




Montag, 08. November 2021, Treffpunkt: 16Uhr (S-Bhf. Storkower Straße, Friedrichshain)
Walk & Talk

Christian Kassung, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Zwischen Infrastruktur und Umwelt. Das Berliner Zentralvieh- und Schlachthofgelände 1883-2021


Die Ortsbegehung führt an einen Knotenpunkt der Industrialisierungsgeschichte: das Berliner Zentralvieh- und Schlachthofgelände. Durch das infrastrukturelle Zusammenspiel einer Vielzahl von Dingen, Praktiken und Technologien entstand hier Fleisch als bis heute stabiles Nahrungselement. Zugleich stellt sich damit aber das Problem der Umwelthaftigkeit, das infrastrukturelles Denken und Planen hinterfragt.



Montag, 22. November 2021, 18 Uhr

Carolin Genz, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

A Search of Traces vs. Intervention? Qualitative Methods in Spatial and Urban Research


Qualitative methodological approaches for exploring urban spaces cannot be reduced to specific tools. It can only combine a multitude of qualitative approaches and thus be understood as an interdisciplinary and multi-modal access to analyze socio-spatial practices. Many disciplines face the methodological challenge of capturing the complexity of everyday experiences in socio-spatial and urban structures, interactions and infrastructures on different scales. This presentation aims to clarify the interrelationship between spatial practices and (im-)material spaces. For this approach, it is crucial to address spatial practices as an epistemological starting point for urban anthropological research to subsequently provide methodological insights into the ethnographic exploration of spaces and the researcher's positionality. The reflexive turn in the context of the writing-culture debate has been equipping the methodological approach of qualitative urban and spatial research with constant self-reflection, whereby a critical examination of one's position has become the status quo of qualitative spatial research. Hence, the tasks of how to reflect on the researcher's positionality and to simultaneously uncover underlying contradictions in this regard are pivotal, as they interrelate the urban setting with a critically reflexive approach to interdisciplinary qualitative spatial research that is mainly dedicated to social problems and wants to intervene in areas of political conflict.



Montag, 29. November 2021, 18 Uhr

Åsa Wettergren, Universität Göteborg

An emotions sociological perspective on hope and climate change

The purpose is to theorize hope from an emotion-sociological perspective, emphasizing its interactional, social, and collective dynamics. According to c_971330-l_3-k_image.jpgliterature, hope relates to an unknown future and arises when one’s agency appears limited. Hope may connect to an imagined future outcome (representational) or be generated in the process of the present (non-representational). I consider hope an emotive-cognitive faculty spurred and directed by emotions relating to context-bound, interactional meaning-making evoking for instance fear, despair, aggression, grief, sympathy, love. As an emotion, hope can be analysed in terms of sources, objects and outcomes. Hope-orienting supportive emotions rise from imagined outcomes tying hope to different sources and objects. One task is to analyse how collective cognitive re-framing (emotion management) constructs ties between hope, its sources and objects, and varies imagined outcomes, allowing to understand hope’s impacts on individual and collective action. Drawing on previous work on negative hopes, I propose a model where the action orientation of hope is passive or active, and the social level of hope is individual or collective, resulting in different emotional orientations and actions. Given an imagined outcome of climate breakdown, some sources and objects of hope generate fear and aggression or grief and love respectively. In combination with passive or active action orientations at the collective or individual level, the result is different types of hope and thus potentially different future scenarios. The model is illustrated by preliminary findings from an ongoing research project studying the Transition Network and the Collapsologists, notably the collective emotion management called ‘inner transition’ and ‘positive deep adaptation’.



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Heike Oevermann, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

"Aktivismus und Citizen Science: plurale Quellen des Wissens über die Stadt und die Herausforderung transdiziplinärer Stadtforschung" – Ehrung von Heike Oevermann und Podiumsdiskussion mit Ilse Helbrecht, Talja Blokland, Ignacio Farías und Sandra Jasper im Haus der Statistik


Anfahrtsskizze Silent Green, Atelier 2



Montag, 10. Januar 2022, 18 Uhr

Andrej Holm, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Buchpräsentation - Andrej Holm & Christoph Laimer (Hrsg.): "Gemeinschaftliches Wohnen und selbstorganisiertes Bauen"

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Antworten auf die aktuellen Herausforderungen im Wohnungswesen. Seit vielen Jahren haben Baugruppen und Hausprojekte in zahlreichen Ländern Erfahrungen in der gemeinschaftlichen Planung gesammelt, neue Wohnformate entwickelt und unkonventionelle Formen gemeinschaftlichen Wohnens erprobt. Das gilt insbesondere für Initiativen, die mit selbstorganisierten Planungsprozessen, einer nicht gewinnorientierten Bewirtschaftung und kollektiver Verantwortung gemeinschaftliche Wohnformen entwickeln und nutzen. Diese Publikation möchte aufzeigen, wie Nischen innerhalb des kapitalistischen Systems genutzt werden können und welche Ansätze es darüber hinaus gibt . Darum finden sich neben Beiträgen über das Wohnen und Bauen im engeren Sinne auch solche über Commons, Solidarische Ökonomien, Eigentum, Dekommodifizierung oder alternative Finanzierungsinstrumente. 




Montag, 24. Januar 2022, 18 Uhr

Henrik Lebuhn, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Buchpräsentation „Care and the City. Encounters with Urban Studies“ edited by Angelika Gabauer, Sabine Knierbein, Nir Cohen, Henrik Lebuhn, Kim Trogal, Tihomir Viderman, Tigran Haas


Care and the City is a cross-disciplinary collection of chapters examining urban social spaces, in which caring and uncaring practices intersect and shape people’s everyday lives. While asking how care and uncare are embedded in the urban condition, the book focuses on inequalities in caring relations and the ways they are acknowledged, reproduced, and overcome in various spaces, discourses, and practices.

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approaches to conceptualize care in the city through a critical-reflexive analysis of processes of urbanization. It pursues a systematic integration of empirical, methodological, theoretical, and ethical approaches to care in urban studies, while overcoming a crisis-centered reading of care and the related ambivalences in care debates, practices, and spaces. These strands are elaborated via a conceptual framework of care and situated within broader theoretical debates on cities, urbanization, and urban development with detailed case studies from Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

By establishing links to various fields of knowledge, this book seeks to systematically introduce debates on care to the interconnecting fields of urban studies, planning theory, and related disciplines for the first time.




Montag, 07. Februar 2022, 18 Uhr

Nitin Bathla, ETH Zürich

Filmvorführung „Not just roads“ von Nithin Bathla & Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou


Not Just Roads is a feature-length documentary film, which explores the recent history of planetary entanglements between the built environment, monetary speculation, and everyday life. It focuses on the sensorium of an urban expressway, the Dwarka Expressway located on the peripheries of Delhi. This expressway is being constructed as a part of the


Indian government's Bharatmala ('Garland of Limitless Roads') program, which aims to add a total of 65,400 kilometres of new highways to the existing network of highways in India. Thus opening the Indian countryside to a massive urbanisation geared towards speculative investments for the emerging Indian middle classes and global investors. Currently, these territories are inhabited by agricultural and working-class communities and nomadic herders and criss-crossed by native trails and vital ecological commons. The film captures the friction between the social and material lives of these competing life worlds, shifting between the sensorium of the world outside and inside of the gated utopias along the expressway. It journeys between working class neighbourhoods undergoing demolition, construction landscapes, protests sites, and the persuasive pitches by the real estate salesmen attempting to sell dreamscapes.

This film was premiered at the Architecture Film Festival London 2021, where it was shortlisted as part of the 2021 International Film Competition. It was featured as part of the 'Beyond the screen competition' at the DocAviv Film Festival 2021. Additionally it has screened the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam 2021, and the Copenhagen Architecture Festival 2021. In November it will premier in India as part of Dharamshala International Film Festival in India.