27 – 29 Oct 16 // UrbanTOPIAS // CMS Berlin


UrbanTOPIAS. Discussing the Challenges of Changing Cities

5. Jahreskonferenz des internationalen Graduierten Programms Berlin – New York – Toronto vom 27. bis 29. Oktober 2016 in Berlin

Zum fünften Mal veranstaltet das internationale Graduierten Programm Berlin – New York – Toronto „The World in the City: Metropolitanism and Globalization from the 19th Century to the Present“ des Center for Metropolitan Studies Berlin seine Jahreskonferenz und lädt Wissenschaftler undS tadtaktivisten ein, unter dem Thema UrbanTOPIAS die Herausforderungen sich wandelnder Städte zu diskutieren. Die Keynote von Andrew Lees (Rutgers University) lautet: The growth of cities and conflicting views of urban conditions since 1800″ und wirft ein Blick zurück in die Geschichte urbaner Entwicklung:

Cities are characterized by uncertainty and contingency. They have become the primary sites where societal transformations transpire first and where answers have to be found. Thus cities are the uneven landscapes of both fears and hopes, dystopian and utopian urban spaces, of what could be called UrbanTopias.

Throughout global history the dialectic of fear and hope has always been strongest during moments of crisis and transformation whether through political and artistic movements, technological and infrastructural innovations, or societal revolutions.Together, we will firstly explore the multiple forces of threats and anxieties, as they shape urban reality. Secondly, we examine practices of resistance and adaptations to urban transformations. Thirdly, we investigate different conceptualizations of the urban future, and its particular relationships of time and space. Finally, a roundtable discussion concludes the conference and invites a number of panelists, together with the audience, to debate the future of urban studies.


Donnerstag, 27. Oktober – HU Berlin

12:45 Registration

13:15 – 13:30 Welcome: Dorothee Brantz (TU Berlin)

Section I: Take Risks

13:35 – 13:45 Introduction: John Mollenkopf (CUNY)

13:45 – 15:15 Panel I: Threatened Hospitality / Threatening Hostility

  • Panel Coordination: Katharina Knaus, Gesa Trojan & Chaghaf Howayek (IGK)

15:15 – 15:45 Coffee break

15:45 – 17:15 Panel II: Fear the Streets! Street Crime, Moral Panics, and the Metropolis

  • Panel Coordination: Niklas Creemeres & Felix Fuhg (IGK)

17:15 – 17:45 Coffee break

17:45 – 19:30 Keynote with Discussion: Andrew Lees, Rutgers University: The Growth of Cities and Conflicting Views of Urban Conditions Since 1800

Freitag, 28. Oktober -TU Berlin

Section II: Act Changes

09:30 – 09:40 Introduction: Margit Mayer (CMS/TU Berlin)

09:40 – 11:00 Panel III: Remerging Infrastructures. From Small Scale Practices of Provisioning to Large-Scale Organization of Basic Needs.

  • Panel Coordination: Hannah Schilling & Beatrice Walthall (IGK)

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 12:45 Panel IV: Changing Mobility Patterns: Progress and Reluctance

  • Panel Coordination: Aljoscha Hofmann, Robin Kellermann (IGK)

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch Break & Fellow-Supervisor-Meetings

14:00 – 15:00 IGK Board Member Meeting

15:00 Excursions/Tours led by  Andrew Brown (Open City Project) & Aljoscha Hofman (IGK) (ca. 2 Std.)

19:30 Conference-Dinner (for registered guests only)

Samstag, 29. Oktober -TU Berlin

10:00 – 10:10 Introduction: Jennifer Jenkins (University of Toronto)

10:10 – 11:30 Panel V: Artivism in Urban Imaginaries

  • Panel Coordination: Kate Brehme & Elif Artan (IGK)

11:30 – 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 – 13:15 Panel VI: Tempor(e)ality: Racing Time and The Racialized Urban

  • Panel Coordination: Noa Ha (IGK)

13:15 – 14:45 Lunch Break

14:45 – 15:30 Film Screening/Artistic Performance

15:30 – 17:00 A Final Discussion on “The Future of Urban Studies”

Die Teilnahme ist kostenlos.

HU Berlin – Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum // Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 1-3 // 10117 Berlin (Tag 1 – 27. Oktober 2016 )

TU Berlin – Center for Metropolitan Studies // Hardenbergstraße 16-18 // 10623 Berlin (Tag 2 & 3 – 28.-29.Oktober 2016)

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