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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.




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 Zusammenhang der dabei vorgenommenen begrifflichen Umstellung mit den jüngeren gesellschaftlichen Veränderungen zur Kommunikationsgesellschaft 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 zurückgegriffen werden. Schließlich sollen einige abschließende 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 focuses 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 - kein Think and Drink


Dienstag, 19.12.2017 - Special Event in cooperation with CMS

Prof. Stephen Graham, Newcastle University

Luxified Skies - How vertical urban housing became an elite preserve


The Event will take place at
Hardenbergstraße 16-18 (10623 Berlin)

Room: HBS 103

Start: 6pm



This lecture is a call to address the vertical as well as horizontal aspects of social inequality. It seeks, in particular, to explore the important but neglected connection between the demonisation and dismantling of social housing towers constructed in many Western cities between the 1930s and 1970s and the contemporary proliferation of radically different housing towers produced for socio-economic elites. The lecture will explore how ideas of ‘trickle down’ economics, urban ‘regeneration’ and the alleged failure of modernist social housing towers have combined to sustain in many cities the parallel erasure of social housing towers built for those on low incomes and construction of forests of luxury skyscrapers as investment vehicles for the (often absent) wealthy – a process I call the ‘luxification’ of the urban skies. Case studies are drawn from Vancouver, New York, London, Mumbai and Guatemala City and the broader vertical cultural and visual politics of the process are explored. The discussion finishes by exploring the challenges involved in contesting, and dismantling, the Luxification of the urban skies.


This talk is presented by the Centre for Metropolitan Studies (TU Berlin) in
cooperation with the Department of Urban and Regional Sociology (HU Berlin).






Montag, 08.01.18

Dr. Stephan Lanz, Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt

"a lei quem faz é nós": Politics, Culture und Everyday Life in the Favela of Rio de Janeiro

Der Vortrag findet in englischer Sprache statt.
Wir passen das Abstract zeitnah an.

„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 - ABGESAGT

Die Veranstaltung mit Arjun Appadurai und Jörg Niewöhner kann leider nicht stattfinden. Ein Nachholtermin im Sommersemster (voraussichtlich 23.04.18) ist geplant.