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The Center for Metropolitan Studies is an interdisciplinary, internationally-oriented research center that attends to historical and contemporary questions on the subject of the metropolis. The Center currently focuses on the topics of Metropolis and Mobility, Suburbanisation and Urban Renewal, Cultural Economies and Cultural Innovation Processes... more to:

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

Public Lecture Series Winter Semester 2016/2017


We are happy to announce the return of the IGK Public Lecture Series for Winter Semester 2016/2017. All are welcome to attend! The lectures take place on Tuesdays from 6 - 8 pm at the CMS.

Click here to download the full program. (PDF, 989,0 KB)

The CMS science podcast


The CMS has visitors on a regular basis. We interviewed some of them for our podcast to give you an insight into the current discourses, ideas and projects in our field. More...

Bild: Owen Gutfreund, Professor for Urban Affairs and Planning atHunter College, City University New York



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