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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Stadt- und Regionalsoziologie

Wintersemester 17/18

Hier finden Sie eine Übersicht über das Programm des Think&Drink Kolloquium im Wintersemester 2017 / 2018. Das Kolloquium findet in der Vorlesungszeit zweiwöchentlich immer Montags von 18 bis 20 Uhr in Raum 002 in der Universitätsstraße 3b statt.

 

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

 

Programm

 

Montag, 23.10.17

Dr. Sebastian Juhnke, HU Berlin

Between Belonging and Being "Part of a Problem": Creative Professionals in Hackney and Neukölln.

Members of the ‘creative class’ (Florida 2003), a demographic of both growing size and importance for the economic vitality of cities, are attracted by tolerant, diverse and open-minded environments. These creative professionals are frequently drawn to ethnically diverse neighbourhoods that are still in the process of gentrification, as it is the case for Hackney in London, and Neukölln in Berlin. Based on empirical research in both boroughs, this talk will discuss the ambivalent position that creative professionals occupy within these places: they claim belonging to place, yet are aware of being complicit in the gentrification of these neighbourhoods. In this process, a variety of strategies is employed to differentiate oneself from other gentrifiers and tourists, for instance by claiming to be more creative, to have a more genuine interest in and understanding of diversity and difference - and hence being better able to identify and appreciate an ‘authentic’ neighbourhood. These strategies furthermore include reflections upon an own role in the gentrification process, for instance contributions to housing market competition, changes in the economic landscape and certain forms of cultural representation. It will be argued that such an awareness has become part of the ubiquitous gentrification discourse and therefore yet another way of claiming belonging and cementing inequalities in gentrifying multicultural neighbourhoods. Adding to the work of Savage et. al (2005) and Watt (2009) on selective and elective belonging, this talk will present a conceptualization of reflexive forms of belonging, including the possibilities and limitations they bring about for addressing urban change.

 

Montag, 30.10.17 - kein Think and Drink

 

 

Montag, 06.11.17

Prof. David Varady, University of Cincinnati

What Can North-West European Community Enterprises Learn from American Community Based Organizations?

The withdrawal of the welfare state has led to more responsibilities assumed by citizen-led initiatives, community enterprises (CEs)  in Europe and community development corporations (CDCs)  in the US.  CEs manage (and sometimes own) properties to generate income and subsequently reinvest this income into a range of social, cultural and economic services that benefit the community. CDCs usually own one asset, rental housing, and use income from rental properties, as well as other sources, to maintain these properties and build new ones.

CEs are well established in the UK. In a 2015 article, Varady, Kleinhans and van Ham identify what British CEs could learn from American CDCs. On the other hand, the Dutch experience with CEs has been far more limited due to restrictions put forth by governmental institutions, the limited freedom CEs have and their high dependency on government (Kleinhans, 2017). Nevertheless, we believe as Dutch CEs grow in numbers and in their level of effort they can benefit from American CDC experience.

The purpose of this paper is to critically review the recent American CDC literature—2010 to the present.  First, how have CDCs evolved over time? Second, what are the key conditions for neighbourhood revitalization impacts?  How are they run and what financial, political and organizational dilemmas (including the role of community in the management of the enterprise) do they face? Finally, what impacts have CDCs had on community revitalization?

 

 

Montag, 13.11.17 - kein Think and Drink

 

 

Montag, 20.11.17 (Findet in deutscher Sprache statt)

Prof. Hubert Knoblauch, TU Berlin

Die kommunikative Konstruktion des Raumes

Foto von Professor Humbert Knoblauch

 

In den letzten Jahren ist immer häufiger von der kommunikativen Konstruktion die Rede. Der Vor-trag möchte zunächst erläutern, wie es zu die-sem sozialtheoretischen Ansatz kam und was ihn eigentlich auszeichnet. Dabei soll ein enger Zu-sammenhang der dabei vorgenommenen begriff-lichen Umstellung mit den jüngeren gesellschaft-lichen Veränderungen zur Kommunikationsgesell-schaft hergestellt werden. Ein besonderer Schwerpunkt soll dann auf die Frage gelenkt werden, welche Rolle der Raum spielt bzw. wie wir die kommunikative Konstruktion des Raumes verstehen können. Dabei wird auch auf einige laufende Projekte in diesem Bereich zurückge-griffen werden. Schließlich sollen einige ab-schließende Überlegungen angestellt werden, wie dieser Ansatz auf die Stadt und das Urbane angewandt werden kann, die eine anschließende Diskussion anregen sollen. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montag, 27.11.17 - kein Think and Drink

 

 

Montag, 04.12.17

Prof. Eveline Dürr, LMU München

Notorious place or tourist space: resisting urban transformation in Mexico City 

 

This talk explores the ways tourism, urban redevelopment and cultural politics intersect and impact disadvantaged districts in Mexico City. As urban spaces are remade for cultural consumption, a range of actors attempt to turn ‘slums’ into attractive destinations and consumer experiences. From slum tourism to ‘favela chic’ these development strategies re-signify images, meanings and value of notorious areas in the city, making them accessible for tourists and other actors. Drawing on ethnographic methods, I show how these processes transform disadvantaged neighbourhoods’ socio-symbolic position and visibility in the city, generating power struggles for controlling the way these areas are represented, marketed and sold. I argue that while neoliberal economic restructuring can aggravate socio-spatial inequalities, it also creates new spaces of resistance and contestation.

 

 

 

 

Montag, 11.12.17

Prof. Suzanne Hall, London School of Economics

Prof. Christine Hentschel, Universität Hamburg

Prof. Talja Blokland, HU Berlin

Inside the „21st Century City“ — Book launch and panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this Book Launch, Suzi Hall, one of the editors, and Christine Hentschel and Talja Blokland, contributing authors, will in a panel discussion present some key themes and arguments of "The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City". This book foc00uses on the dynamics and disruptions of the contemporary city in relation to capricious processes of global urbanisation, mutation and resistance.  An international range of scholars engage with emerging urban conditions and inequalities in experimental ways, speaking to new ideas of what constitutes the urban, highlighting empirical explorations and expanding on contributions to policy and design. The handbook is organised around nine key themes, through which familiar analytic categories of race, gender and class, as well as binaries such as the urban/rural, are readdressed. The discussion will in particular involve the theme of 'conflict'  and of 'civility', two of the key themes of the volume.

 

 

Montag, 18.12.17 - Weihnachtsferien, kein Think and Drink bis Januar 2018

 

 

Montag, 08.01.18

Dr. Stephan Lanz, Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt

"a lei quem faz é nós": Politik, Kultur und Alltag in der Favela von Rio de Janeiro


„Das Gesetz machen wir“ hatte das herrschende Drogenkommando in ihrem Slang an den Eingang einer Favela in Rio de Janeiro gesprüht und damit deren Alltagsrealität zutreffend beschrieben.  Eingebettet in eine Kritik am traditionellen Desinteresse der westlichen Stadtforschung gegenüber den alltäglichen Lebensrealitäten in Städten des Globalen Südens präsentiert der Vortrag die Ergebnisse einer langjährigen ethnografischen Studie dieser Favela in der brasilianischen Küstenmetropole. Er zeigt, wie korrupte Staatsapparate, Drogengangs, Bewohnervereine sowie Pfingstkirchen, die alle auf Engste ineinander verwoben sind, ihren Alltag bestimmen und diskutiert Fragen nach der Handlungsmacht von einfachen Bewohner*innen sowie der politischen Sprengkraft von musikalischen Subkulturen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montag, 15.01.18 - kein Think and Drink

 

 

Montag, 22.01.18

Prof. Arjun Appadurai, New York University

Prof. Jörg Niewöhner, HU Berlin

Heterogenity in urban spaces - an anthropological conversation with Arjun Appadurai

 

Most scholars and urban developers agree that a certain mix of people and life worlds is desirable for urban spaces. Yet increasing rents and property prices speak a different language and produce significant pressure towards specific homogeneities. In a new conversation format that will be open to the audience, Arjun Appadurai and Jörg Niewöhner will lead into a debate around the cases of Berlin, Mumbay and New York. What are drivers, effects and imaginaries, who needs what kind of navigational capacities and what are urban studies scholars to do about it? Everyone welcome to join.