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DFG Graduate Research Program 2012-2016

International Graduate Research Program Berlin – New York – Toronto at the CMS

“The World in the City: Metropolitanism and Globalization from the 19th Century to the Present” is the title of the current Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft-funded international and interdisciplinary graduate program, based at the Technische Universität Berlin. (Director Prof. Dr. Dorothee Brantz; Co-Director Prof. Dr. Alexander Nützenadel, HU Berlin.)  The project is a cooperative effort between several Berlin (TU, FU, HU Berlin), New York (Columbia University, Fordham University, New York University, The City University of New York) and Toronto (University of Toronto, York University) universities. In the spring of 2015, 12 graduate students and 2 postdoctoral fellows began their dialogue at the cross-section of historical and interdisciplinary urban studies. While urban researchers primarily define globalization as being a current phenomenon, historians have rarely focused on the role of cities within long-term globalization processes. The IGK hopes to close this research gap and offer a relevant contribution to interdisciplinary urban research within 4 thematic areas (architecture and urban planning; migration and mobility; knowledge and communication; environment and sustainability).

Workshop: How to Write and Conceptualize the History of Youth Cultures


Initially, delinquency and crime provided the lens through which academics discussed youth culture. Studying deviant behaviour ensured that criminologists focused on questions of re-education and the relationship between the newly branded ‘teenager’, delinquency and youth culture. With the emergence of Cultural Studies in Britain, ‘youth’ was interpreted in generational terms, through which a critical understanding of the changing nature of British society could be inferred.

The workshop ‘How to Write and Conceptualize the History of Youth Cultures' will endeavor to emphasize the importance of framing the history of youth cultures after the Second World War within larger social and cultural developments of European societies after 1945: that is, shifts in the world economy related to the international division of labour and the emergence of a dominant service sector; geo-politics  (the Cold War and after); the transformation of class in society; the end of empire and new patterns of migration; the transformation of gender and sexual relations; new forms of urbanization and urban development; new technologies and the influence of (new) media.

30.6.2016 - 1.7.2016
Center for Metropolitanstudies
Hardenbergstraße 16-18
10623 Berlin

Click here for more information and details about how to register (PDF, 439,2 KB).

Workshop: Work in the Contemporary City


From youth’s work practices in Abidjan… to conceptual lenses on work beyond wage

From 4 July to 6 July, 2016 the workshop "Work in the Contemporary City" organized by IGK Fellow Hannah Schilling will take place at the Kaete Hamburger International Centre.

Click here for the program and information about registration (PDF, 1,2 MB)

Summer Semester 2016 Public Lecture Series


We are happy to announce the return of our Public Lecture Series for the Summer Semester 2016. Please join us at the CMS for these exciting lectures and discussions.

Tuesdays 6 - 8 pm (30-45 minute lecture followed by a discussion)
Center for Metropolitan Studies (CMS)
Hardenbergstr. 16-18, Room 103
TU Berlin

Click here to download the program. (PDF, 802,7 KB)

Welcome to the CMS


“Herzlich Willkommen" at the Center for Metropolitan Studies to the New Fellows of the International Graduate Program! They started their exciting three-year-long journey of research today. To find out more about the program, click here




Asche, Elisabeth


Coordination of the International Graduate Research Program 2012 - 2016 mehr zu: Asche, Elisabeth

Brantz, Dorothee


Director of the Center for Metropolitan Studies.
Director of the International Graduate Research Program 2012-2016
Professor for Modern History mehr zu: Brantz, Dorothee

Nützenadel, Alexander


Professor for social and economic history at the Humboldt-University Berlin.
Co-Director of the Internationale Graduate Research Program 2012 - 2016 mehr zu: Nützenadel, Alexander

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