Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Stadt- und Regionalsoziologie

Sommersemester 22

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Montag, 25. April 2022, 18 Uhr

Nir Cohen, Bar Ilan University & Angelika Gabauer, TU Wien & Henrik Lebuhn, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin & Tihomir Viderman, BTU Cottbus and TU Wien

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.

This book provides a pathway for urban scholars to start engaging with care_lebuhn.jpg

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.

https://www.routledge.com/Care-and-the-City-Encounters-with-Urban-Studies/Gabauer-Knierbein-Lebuhn-Trogal-Cohen-Haas-Viderman/p/book/9780367468576

 

 

 

 

Montag, 02. Mai 2022, 18 Uhr

Olena Kononenko, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
New challenges of the city of Slavutych: social geography approach
 
Olena.jpgThe city, which was built to serve the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Station (ChNPS) after the April 1986 accident, continues to meet the challenges. The presentation will consider the historical, political, social, planning and management aspects of the development of the city of Slavutych. The last city of the USSR, the ideal city, atomograd, monofunctional - these and other characteristics reflect the unique fate of the city and its inhabitants. The study aimed to assess the city's resilience to the greatest challenge of the city`s short history – the closure of the ChNPS. As a result, the number of jobs at the nuclear power plant is decreasing every year. How did the residents perceive the fact that from valued and highly qualified employee they became unnecessary for their country? What prevented the mass outflow of the population in the face of the declining quality of municipal infrastructure, poor housing and community services and the slow introduction of market mechanisms? The research is an attempt to answer these questions. The methodology has combined a system-structural approach and situational analysis, a survey and a mix of chorological, historical, statistical and other methods.
 

 

 

Montag, 09. Mai 2022, 18 Uhr

Valeria Lazarenko, IRS - Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung

Under the Sounds of Sirens. Ukrainians' Thoughts, Feelings, and Actions during the First Days of Full-Scale War.

Discussant: Dr. Lela Rekhviashvili, Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde (Leipzig)

photo_2022-04-25_15-32-56.jpgOn 24 February, the Russian Federation launched a full-scale war on Ukraine. For many people, this was preceded by months of anxious anticipation: some prepared survival kits, some joined first aid courses, others regularly monitored the latest news and war forecasts. For those Ukrainians who survived the hostilities in Donbas and became IDPs, the anticipation of a Russian attack may have been even more difficult.
What were the first perceptions and practical reactions to the breakout of the war? What stands behind the decision to flee or stay? How did the beliefs and life principles change? Why did people decide to volunteer? What were the most important decisions they had to make? After numerous ethical and methodological preliminary considerations, the team of Kyiv think tank Cedos posed these questions to citizens of Ukraine in a qualitative online survey. The presentation and following discussion will focus on the feelings, thoughts, and actions of people in Ukraine during the first days of the war.

 

 

 

 

Montag, 16. Mai 2022, 18 Uhr

Laurent Fourchard, Sciences Po Paris

Classify, Exclude, Police. Urban Lives in South Africa and Nigeria.

In this presentation I will question the possibility of comparison between cities often perceived as incommensurable and suggest to combine ethnographic and historical methods in urban studies to reflect a genealogy of dispositifs of power in Lagos, Ibadan (Nigeria) and Cape Town (South Africa). I will come back to two concepts (the colonial situation and twilight institutions) shaped by thephoto Fourchard.jpg observations of the ordinary experiences during the colonial period and the post structural adjustment period.  Despite their global circulation, these concepts, still rarely used in urban studies, open up the possibility to emancipate oneself from a sometimes too Western vision of the urban and to develop empirically comparative possibilities. The colonial situation demonstrates the temporary and precarious nature of urban life, a product of the colonial power and its capacity to classify, exclude and police everyday life in unexpected ways. Twilight institutions contribute to highlighting the plurality of local political landscapes where power relations and service provisions are negotiated in daily social encounters.  They re-examine the porous boundaries between the state, the bureaucracy and the social world and grasp routine forms of urban politics beyond informality and social movements. To do so the presentation will be focusing on everyday forms of policing in poor neighborhoods of Ibadan and Cape Town and street level bureaucracy in major places of transport (the motor parks) in Lagos and Ibadan.  

 

 

 
 

Montag, 23. Mai 2022, 18 Uhr

Haim Yacobi, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU)

From Urban Syndemic to Syndemic Urbanism: rethinking urban health justice in post-covid cities

In this presentation I will suggest that the current global pandemic crisis is an opportunity to critically revisit our urban health justice, policies and planning, while arguing that COVID is not a pandemic but rather syndemic—

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the assembling of conditions, their interaction at the biological, social, and psychological level, and how they are shaped by social and political factors. Inspired by Richard Horton, I would suggest understanding the current urban conditions as “syndemic urbanism” and hence adopt a different orientation to urban public health by developing an integrated approach— that is both political and proactive—for treating health disparities as a public concern rather than the treating of individual patients. Based on some work-in-progress research in Gaza, Jerusalem, Belfast and Bangladesh, I will conceptualise the notion of syndemic urbanism, focusing on how urban-spatial elements influence the development of several health conditions and how these are experienced in an urban context.  

 

 

 

 

Montag, 30. Mai 2022, 18 Uhr

Sandra Carolina Pulido Chaparro, Universidad de los Andes (Kolumbien) International Fellow with the Urban Studies Foundation

Construction of moral materialities of emerging middle classes in informal neighborhoods

Sandra Carolina Pulido Chaparro.jpgGlobally, most research on the middle class shows that place of residence is an important characteristic in the way individuals define their positions and identities within the social structure. So much so that, in Latin America, discussions of the "emerging or aspirational middle class" have focused on the formal spaces of the city and have not worked on middle-class identities in informal self-built neighborhoods, as these are viewed as mostly related to poverty and illegality. The presentation seeks to contribute to these discussions by analyzing the positioning and identities of the emerging middle class in five self-built neighborhoods in Bogotá, through their spatial boundaries and their practices of social differentiation.
In this paper, I show that through the construction and arrangement practices of their houses, residents construct moral materialities that draw spatial boundaries that position them in an intermediate space between wanting to get closer to the "order" of the formal city and, at the same time, move away from the "chaos" of the informal city and all the negative attributes and stigmas of poverty in the city. These practices in turn, perpetuate prejudices in these neighborhoods towards other self-built neighborhoods in the city, reproducing the structural inequalities between them.

 

 

 

 

Montag, 13. Juni 2022, 18 Uhr

Carolin Genz, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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

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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, 27. Juni 2022, 18 Uhr

Nina Margies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Lost future, lost hope? Young people, crisis and collective emotions

In this talk, I explore how we can look at experiences of crisis and change through the lens of emotions. What does crisis feel like and what does it mean for people when they see their future prospects ripped away?
This exploration is based on qualitative research with young people in Madrid in the aftermath of the economic crisis (2016-2018) and their emotional accounts of change: the impacts the crisis had on the supposed securities of their lives and how they dealt emotionally and cognitively with lost future prospects, especially their investments in education that rarely led to (good) employment.
I will demonstrate that for the young people the changes felt like being stuck in an impasse and how this led to a particular structure of feeling shared by many of them: uncertainty, anxiety, frustration and resentment. Secondly, the talk looks at how young people explained their impasses and what role the city played here, in whether they interpreted their experiences as personal or as shared and structurally conditioned.

 

 

 

Montag, 04. Juli 2022, 18 Uhr

Ceren Kulkul, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Revisiting Gezi Uprising: Right to the city or more?

In summer 2013, Istanbul witnessed unprecedented gatherings of people from different backgrounds, ages, educational levels, but all with the same purpose: to claim their rights to the city. The Gezi Park Occupy movement initially started as a protest to protect this park in Taksim, but soon spread throughout the country and became a symbol of civil disobedience against the rising authoritarian regime. Although it is still accepted as an act of right to the city (and more), numerous high-skilled young professionals who were backbone of the Gezi Uprising began to leave the country after 2013 summer.

In this talk, I will analyze the processes after Gezi Uprising and the reasons of those who began to leave the country based on a research that I conducted in 2017. In that research, I talked with high-skilled young professionals who migrated to Berlin, and I focused on Gezi movement, right to the city in Istanbul and socio-spatial polarization of secular and conservative groups. This time, on the ninth anniversary of Gezi, I re-visited some of the questions with former interview partners and analyzed contemporary socio-political and economic crisis in Turkey retrospectively.

 


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