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Die Stadt ist unser Forschungsfeld. Seit dem Jahr 2004 forschen am Center for Metropolitan Studies (CMS) an der TU Berlin junge und erfahrene WissenschaftlerInnen gemeinsam in Forschungsprojekten, dem MA Studiengang „Historische Urbanistik“ und dem Transatlantischen Graduiertenkolleg zu historischen Entwicklungen und aktuellen Fragestellungen der Metropole. mehr zu:

Berlin Istanbul Lecture Series: Urban Spaces and Refugees

Vom 25. und 26. November findet am Center for Metropolitan Studies die Berlin Istanbul Lecture Series: Urban Spaces and Refugees statt. Das Programm der Veranstaltung finden Sie hier (PDF, 491,1 KB).

As a form of human mobility, migration can be within or across borders, regular or irregular, voluntary or forced, as well as temporary or permanent. These categories do not have clear-cut boundaries, since migrants challenge and re-create the socio-economic, cultural and political conditions of any urban space they dwell within. Berlin and Istanbul have remarkable examples of these transformations in relation to their experiences of migration and intermixing. These two metropoles, with a degree of similarity, have been the centers of migration flows that derived from wars, international conflicts and regional unrest throughout their histories. Recently, the migrants, who have been on the move from Africa, Middle East, Central Asia and even from Europe due to various discontents since the last decade, have triggered off a common challenge for Berlin and Istanbul.

Within a broader framework, Germany (among the member states of the European Union) and Turkey (among the Southeastern Europe and Middle Eastern countries) have become the leading countries in terms of the recipients of asylum applications over the last four years. While Turkey has the largest number of Syrian refugees that could benefit from the Government’s Temporary Protection Regime, Germany has the highest number of new asylum applications in 2015. Additionally, after arriving to Turkey, some of the migrants have been able to go to Germany and hence create a new transnational migration route between Turkey and Germany. Although this recent migration flow has completely different features than the one that took place fifty-five years ago - the bilateral labor recruitment agreement between Germany and Turkey in 1961 – it urges to bring these two countries together for understanding migrants’ long-term needs, sharing experiences and resources, generating sustainable common policies and developing universal human values.

Therefore, the Berlin-Istanbul Lecture Series particularly aims to explore the impact of the so-called refugee crisis on Berlin and Istanbul in a comparative perspective, keeping in mind the complex set of linkages between these two metropoles. The linkages of the two cities go back to the late nineteenth century in the fields of education, business, engineering, technology, architecture, urban planning and culture. The topics that are related to the focus of the lecture series include (but are not limited to) discrimination, housing, education, gender, health, food, political participation, solidarity, civil society, informality, mobility and temporality.



5th Annual Conference of the DFG International Graduate Research Program


UrbanTopias: Discussing the Challenges of Changing Cities

The 5th Annual Conference of the DFG International Graduate Research Program/IGK Berlin - New York - Toronto: “The World in the City: Metropolitanism and Globalization from the Nineteenth-Century to the Present”

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.

The 5th Annual Conference of the International Graduate Research Program Berlin-New York-Toronto “The World in the City: Metropolitanism and Globalization from the 19th Century to the Present” invites urban scholars and activists to discuss the challenges of changing cities. 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.

October 27th-29th, 2016, Berlin

Berlin Istanbul Lecture Series Conference: Urban Space and Refugees

The Berlin Istanbul Lecture Series Conference "Urban Space and Refugees" took place from October 27th – 28th, 2016 at the Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul, organized by CMS researcher Barış Ülker.

Click here to download the program. (PDF, 493,1 KB)

IGK Public Lecture Series WS 2016/2017


Wieder im Wintersemester 2016/2017 bietet das Gaduiertenkolleg am CMS eine öffentliche Vorlesungsreihe an, die sich nicht nur an Studierende der Urbanistik oder verwandter Studiengänge richtet, sondern auch an die stadtinteressiere Öffentlichkeit.

Dienstags 18 - 20 Uhr (30-45 minuten Vorlesung + Q&A)
Center for Metropolitan Studies (CMS)
Hardenbergstr. 16-18
TU Berlin

Programm herunterladen (PDF, 989,0 KB)

Der CMS Wissenschafts-Podcast


Immer wieder kommen Gäste ans CMS um zu lehren oder zu forschen. In unserem Podcast stellen wir Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler vor, reden über aktuelle Projekte und über das, was sie geprägt hat. (Podcast nur auf Englisch) Mehr…

Bild: Owen Gutfreund, Professor für "Urban Affairs and Planning" am Hunter College, City University New York

Veranstaltungen, Aktivitäten: Vorschau & Rückblick

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