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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Stadt- und Regionalsoziologie

Wintersemester 18_19

Hier finden Sie eine Übersicht über das Programm des Think&Drink Kolloquium im Wintersemester 2018 / 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, 12.11.2018

Prof. John Mollenkopf, City University of New York

The Future of Urban Studies

Cities are 'back in town,' to borrow the title of a seminar series at Sciences Po in Paris. Signs include economic vitality, choice of millennials to live in urban settings, dramatic technological changes, the reshaping of urban populations by immigrants and their children, the shift of rapid urbanization to the global South and East, and tensions over globalization that may center (elements of) cities and urban regions as key global actors.  In the 60s, 70s, and 80s, much of the debate, especially in the U.S., was about whether cities still had important economic, social, and political functions, with disinvestment, racial change, white flight, and suburbanization being key motifs.  Today, concern centers more around who has "the right to the city" and how to balance the inclusion of many rising urban constituencies and cultures with the imperatives of economic growth. Such major changes call for a retooling and recentering of the theoretical interests and subjects of urban studies. This talk reflects both on the new dynamics that must be central to this process and the enduring questions posed at the beginning of urban studies about the interrelationships of industrialization, urbanization, and mass migration. It concludes by arguing for the centrality of tensions between the state and market institutions in the new urban era.


Montag, 19.11.2018 [Different location: Takes place at Grimm Zentrum/ HU]

Berlin Dialogues @NYU in cooperation with

Think & Drink Colloquium, Georg Simmel Center, Humboldt University

“Decolonize Mitte! The Humboldt Forum, Museum Island, and Schloss”

Location: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Grimm-Zentrum, Auditorium

Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 1/3
10117 Berlin

Moderator: Ares Kalandides (NYU Berlin)

Discussants: Annette Loeseke (NYU Berlin), Stephanie Pearson (NYU Berlin and Humboldt University), Wayne Modest (Research Centre for Material Culture, Amsterdam), Iris Rajanayagam (xart splitta, Berlin) (tbc).

As the Asian Art and Ethnological Museum collections move into the Humboldt Forum, questions have arisen about how to be responsible stewards of cultural heritage. Provenance research and repatriation are in the spotlight; but what is still missing from the public discourse is any recognition of—and attempt to grapple with—a far more pervasive problem: the colonial perspective that informs museum displays not only in the Forum (most evident in its architectural frame, the reconstructed imperial Schloss), but all across Museum Island. This public talk draws attention to the above challenges and searches for solutions.

It is the first of a series hosted by NYU Berlin, this time in cooperation with the Think & Drink Colloquium of the Georg Simmel Center, Humboldt University.


Montag, 26.11.2018

Prof. Bob White, Université de Montreal

Cultural Distance as a Measure of Integration:

Citizenship Tests and Moral Panic About Cultural Conformity

In the nations of the industrialized West where immigration is a state-based project intended to respond to economic and demographic problems, new forms of mobility (Nail 2016) and diversity (Vertovec 2007) have exacerbated concerns about the status of strangers (Simmel 1908). This new demographic reality amplifies local fears about difference, drawing on the tension between civic and ethnic identity that is central to history of the modern nation-state.

Over the last decade countries in Europe and North America have witnessed not only a backlash against various forms of state-sponsored multiculturalism, but also the emergence of exclusionary policy tools aimed at the selection of immigrants based on particular culturally-held beliefs or values. While there is nothing new about the idea of majorities imposing cultural norms and values on minorities, there is something different about these mechanisms, since increasingly they take on the status of legal documents and since in most cases (for example the recent policies proposed by the Trump administration) they are intended to keep certain categories of migrants from ever being able to enter the country, primarily on the basis of claims about cultural or religious beliefs.

This project, in collaboration with the Intercultural Cities Program of the Council of Europe, will draw from several recent examples of “cultural conformity” in immigration policy in order to show how the notion of culture is being used to discriminate against certain categories of migrants. The first phase of the research will set out to identify a typology of mechanisms based on preliminary research: tests, charters, contracts. The next phase of the research will involve a comparative analysis of policy mechanisms at the national level and will propose a set of concrete policy recommendations intended to help cities develop tools to test the knowledge of residents (not only immigrants) based on intercultural principles.


Montag, 03.12.2018

Dr. Stefan Höhne, Technische Universität Berlin

New York City Subway: The Invention of the Urban Passenger

The opening of the first metropolitan underground railroads around 1900 marks the rise of a central subject type of modernity: the urban passenger. Focusing on the New York Subway, the largest urban transit system of the 20th century, Stefan Höhne traces the historical dynamics of the sociabilities and subjectivities of its passengers. He reconstructs the interactions of men, women and machines and analyzes the experiences, conflicts and governmental techniques in these vast infrastructural spaces below the city.


Montag, 10.12.2018 - kein Think and Drink


Montag, 17.12.2018

Dr. Monika Streule, ETH Zürich

Ethnography of Urban Territories. Metropolitan Urbanization Processes of Mexico City

Book launch and discussion with Monika Streule


Ethnography of Urban Territories literally invites us to roam the streets of Mexico City. Based on the experience of 12 years intense empirical and theoretical commitment with the urban question in Mexico City, the book offers not only a compelling close look to everyday life in this metropolis, but also a novel interpretation of urbanization processes by focusing on inherent but often underrepresented power relations in the production and appropriation of urban territories. In this book launch, the author Monika Streule explores and discusses the experimental, critical, and self-reflective use of differing methods in urban studies. One of the main concerns of the book unfolds around the question of how can qualitative-empirical methods, like ethnography or qualitative mapping, be adapted to explore contemporary urban conditions? The book seeks to contribute to current debates by suggesting a socio-territorial perspective and by introducing specific methodological design of a mobile ethnography that enables an analysis of large and heterogeneous urban territories. By suggesting different representations of the urban, the book thus emphasizes how important it is to transductively entangle empirical and theoretical conceptualizations to further decenter urban knowledge production.


Streule, Monika (2018) Ethnografie urbaner Territorien. Metropolitane Urbanisierungsprozesse von Mexiko-Stadt. aus der Reihe Raumproduktionen: Theorie und gesellschaftliche Praxis Band 32. Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot. ISBN: 978-3-89691-294-7

More information here https://www.dampfboot-verlag.de/shop/artikel/ethnografie-urbaner-territorien





Prof. Jens Wurtzbacher und Prof. Hans-Joachim Schubert, Katholische Hochschule für Sozialwesen Berlin

Das Problem des Vertrauens und der Sicherheit in großstädtischen Sozialräumen

Seit Entstehung der Großstadt stellt sich auch das Problem des Vertrauen zwischen Menschen, die sich persönlich fremd bleiben. Der Vortrag thematisiert zunächst theoretisch soziologische Konzepte zu neuen Formen des Vertrauens im urbanen Zusammenhang. Anschließend werden empirische Ergebnisse zu Fragen der Sicherheit und des Vertrauens in großstädtischen Zusammenhängen zur Diskussion gestellt.





Montag, 14.01.2019

Prof. Maarten Van Ham, TU Delft

Vicious circles of segregation over the life course and generations


In many large cities, socio-economic segregation is increasing; rich and poor are increasingly living separated in different neighbourhoods. The rich live more concentrated than the poor because they can afford to buy houses in the best neighbourhoods. We developed a multi-level conceptual model of segregation, by using three conceptual levels – individuals and households, generations, and urban regions. Different socio-economic groups sort into different types of neighbourhoods and other domains, leading to patterns of segregation at the urban regional level. At the same time exposure to different socio-economic contexts also affects individual outcomes, and this subsequently leads to sorting processes into neighbourhoods and other domains. This vicious circle of sorting and contextual effects continuously crosses the three levels, and leads to higher levels of segregation. We end with a discussion of several intervention strategies that focus on breaking the vicious circles to improve cities as places of opportunities by investing in people, in places and in transport.


Montag, 21.01.2019

Dr. Roy Coleman, University of Liverpool

Contemporary Charisma, Emotional Faking and the Entrepreneurial City

This paper draws on earlier sociology to critique contemporary patterns of charismatic rule through the figure of the entrepreneur: the entrepreneurial city, the academic as entrepreneur, the businessman/woman as entrepreneurial saviour. For Durkheim and Gramsci alike, the figure of the entrepreneur was cast in terms of a sign of social malaise and morbidity – an anti-social figure who stands alongside other social ailments such as fascism, state coercion, a longing for a past and, what we can call today, the faking of happiness. My talk will focus on the creation of entrepreneurial cities and the forced ambience and emotional animations that they bring. Where is the role of imagination, emotion and ‘spontaneity’ in an area where charis-ma and fake ‘magic’ is organised so tightly around the figure of the entrepreneur? What does this government-through-faking mean for what Durkheim called ‘creative effervescence’ and Lefebvre called ‘the right to the city’?


Montag, 28.01.2019

Dr. Els de Graauw, City University of New York

Working the System: U.S. Cities and the Rights of Undocumented Immigrants

This talk engages with the literatures on urban citizenship and immigration federalism to discuss how U.S. cities, especially those with more progressive political leadership, have addressed the plight of undocumented immigrants, who in recent years have seen their rights restricted by federal officials and especially the Trump administration. Drawing on interviews with local government officials and immigrant rights organizations in San Francisco (CA) and New York City, this talk shows that these two politically progressive cities have successfully experimented with new local citizenship policies and practices vis-à-vis federal noncitizens. Yet, while notable laboratories of policy innovation that push the federal boundaries of citizenship, these cities have done so in ways that do not formally challenge or undermine the federal monopoly over immigration and citizenship matters. The talk will also discuss the political institutional and political normative factors that constrain city officials from pushing the boundaries further.


Montag, 04.02.2019 - kein Think and Drink


Montag, 11.02.2019

Prof. Victor Seidler, Goldsmiths University of London

Making Sense of Brexit:  Democracy, Europe and Uncertain Futures