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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

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

Workshop: Asian Diaspora Space in Europe at the intersection of gender, sexuality and race

Drawing on Avtar Brah’s notion of diaspora space as a ‘conceptual category’ that includes ‘entanglements of genealogies of dispersion with those of “staying put”   (1996: 181),  the upcoming  workshop will interrogate the linkages and relations of space, identity, and body making. These processes respond, navigate and contest each other and inform the Other about its place in the world and in space. The workshop looks at the construction of Asia within Europe by people who are identified Asians (no restrictions here, whether it is east, west or Southeast Asia). This construction of Asia/ns in Germany was 2014 a topic of the conference “Asian German Studies” at Humboldt-University and to which the workshop responds in the conversation and elaborates in particular on the European experience and expertise. The topics of the workshop aim to discuss the relation of the many Europes and the many Asias; where and how bodies, identities and spaces matter. Therefore the workshop emphasizes a multi-perspective approach to investigate the intersections of  gendered, sexualized, raced, classed, and dis/abled bodies that contest the normativity of white European-ness. Queer-feminist, decolonial/postcolonial and critical race theories form  the center of this workshop,  as tools to produce a deeper understanding of the Asian diaspora in and of Europe situated in a globalized and interrelated world.

Organizing Team:
Noa Ha (CMS/TU Berlin)
You Jae Lee (Uni Tübingen)
Helen Kim (University of East London)


Center for Metropolitan Studies
Technische Universität Berlin
10-11 June 2016



The Two Day Workshop DISRUPTING AND (RE)CONTEXTUALIZING ‘URBAN INFORMALITY’ held at the Center for Metropolitan Studies September 10-11 2014 aimed to address analytical limitations and potentials of Urban Informality concepts via the lens of power. Power is undoubtedly integral to informality studies given that the early definitions of ‘informality’ arose only in relation to the hegemonic sphere of the ‘formal’, and the practitioners of informal activities as those marginalized and excluded by formal institutions. However, with the exception of a few studies, power is mostly employed in the Urban Informality scholarship as something that is inferred from the respective analysis. Furthermore, as Urban Informality gains greater complexity and nuance through more recent conceptual development such as “periphery”, “cityness” (Simone, 2009), “occupancy urbanism” (Benjamin 2008), “gray spaces” (Yiftachel 2009) or Urban Informality as an “idiom of urbanization” (Roy 2009), the analytical utility of such concepts could be easily limited or even lost. Therefore, in this workshop, we revisited these newer approaches to Urban Informality through the more traditional category of power in order to hopefully (re)gain analytical territory for the concept.

The workshop was organized by IGK Fellows Afia Afenah, Marcela Arrieta, Christian Haid and Meisen Wong who discussed the entanglement of power and Urban Informality with internationally acclaimed scholars in the field Solomon Benjamin, Ayona Datta, Felipe de Alba, Melanie Lombard, AbdouMaliq Simone and Andrea Varriale. After the Workshop, participants were invited to join a walking tour through “informal” Kreuzberg.

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Call for Papers: "New Visions. Cinema and Cinematic Practices in Times of Radical Urban Transformation"

IGK Fellow Berit Hummel will hold a workshop titled "New Visions. Cinema and Cinematic Practices in Times of Radical Urban Transformation" on December 12, 2014 at Technische Universität Berlin. The workshop will take the form of a one-day symposium with panel discussions and three lectures by Edward Dimendberg (UC Irvine), David James (University of Southern California) and Mark Shiel (King's College London).

Interested researchers are encouraged to submit paper proposals along with a CV to  by August 31.

Click here to download the workshop description and call for papers.

Workshop: "Financialization and the Production of Housing“

On 20th and 21st of June IGK Fellow Laura Calbet i Elias organized a Workshop on “Financialization and the Production of Housing“ at the CMS. Speakers were Manuel Aalbers (KU Leuven), Susanne Heeg (Goethe Universität Frankfurt), Andrej Holm (HU Berlin) and Ute Lehrer (York University Toronto).

The Programm can be downloaded here

Workshop: "Ethnographic Methods and Writing"

Prof. Suzanne Hall was invited for a one-day workshop on "Ethnographic Methods and Writing" by IGK fellows. The workshop was held on May 7 2014 at the CMS. IGK Fellows Afia, Anna, Christian, Hanna, Marcela und Meisen presented their research which served as the basis for discussion with Prof. Hall.

The program of the workshop can be found here

Workshop: "On the Frontiers of Place-Making."


On April 3rd and 4th, IGK-partner universities Fordham University and the Graduate Center at CUNY hosted the interdisciplinary workshop, „On the Frontiers of Place-Making.“ IGK Fellows Lisa Vollmer, Laura Calbet, Anna Steigemann, Hanna Hilbrandt, Emily Bereskin, Christian Haid, and Sabine Barthold flew from Berlin to exchange ideas and to present current research.

The first day of the workshop Professor Rosemary Wakeman led an excursion to the Melrose neighborhood in the Bronx where she has been conducting a major research project on planning and public space, using ethnographic, interview, and survey methods to enrich understanding of public space demands for the district. While in Melrose, the fellows also heard perspectives from locals working on neighborhood regeneration, including Cedric Loftin, the District Manager of Community Board One and Jamila Diaz of the South Bronx Economic Corporation.

The next day, professors John Mollenkopf and Philip Kasinitz from the Graduate Center CUNY and professor Margit Mayer from the FU Berlin presented their thoughts and perspectives of place-making in an interdisciplinary roundtable discussion.

The afternoon session featured three presentations from IGK Fellows. Lisa Vollmer presented on protests by public housing tenants in New York City, analyzing how tenants abstract from a personal opposition to the "infill-plan" toward a wider political subjectivity through references to made places. Emily Bereskin spoke about the intersection of place-making and conflict transformation with regard to the reconstruction of the walled city of Nicosia in Cyprus. Anna Steigemann discussed her research on the role of shopowners in the construction of community in the Neukölln district of Berlin.

Presentation: „Wohnen in Europa. Geteilte Probleme, gemeinsame Kämpfe“ (“Living in Europe: Divided Problems, Collective Struggles”)

On October 15, 2013, IGK Fellow Lisa Vollmer, together with Felix Syrovatka and Inga Jensen, held a presentation entitled „Wohnen in Europa. Geteilte Probleme, gemeinsame Kämpfe“ (“Living in Europe: Divided Problems, Collective Struggles”) at the TU Berlin.  In the context of rising rent prices, evictions, vacant housing stock, and increasing homelessness, experts illuminated and discussed housing crises on the European scale.  Istanbul, Budapest, and Berlin were among the cities discussed.  For more information, click here.

The Berliner Zeitung profiled Lisa and her dissertation topic (“The Making of Political Subjects: Tenant Protests in Berlin and New York”) in an October 14, 2013 article.  Click here to read the article.

Conference on "Grand Hotels" at the CMS on August 21-22, 2013




The conference "Grand Hotels at the Fin de Siècle: Global Dimensions, local Experiences" will take place at the CMS on August 21-22, 2013. More information is available hier



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