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6th Annual Berlin Conference

Transatlantic Graduate Program | June 17-19, 2010


Transatlantic Perspectives on the Metropolis

From June 17-19, 2010 the Transatlantic Graduate Program Berlin - New York hosted its sixth annual international conference at the TU Berlin, titled "Transatlantic Perspectives on the Metropolis." The conference explored the graduate program's key questions of the last five and half years; the focus was on "Transatlantic Research," "The Metropolis," and "Interdisciplinarity," which participants hoped to reevaluate and discuss.

Program and Location

The program for the 6th annual conference of the Transatlantic Graduate Research Program (TGK) is available as a PDF, as well as below.

The conference was held in the
Central Building of the TU Berlin, Room H1035
Strasse des 17. Juni 135 | 10623 Berlin

Thursday | June 17

17:00 | Welcome
Heinz Reif (CMS, TU Berlin)

17:30 | On the Problematic of Interdisciplinary Transatlantic Metropolitan Research
TGK-Fellows (CMS, TU Berlin)

18:00 | Keynote Lecture: Transatlantic Relations and the Problem of American Cultural Hegemony
Volker Berghahn (Columbia University)


Friday | June 18

9:30 - 11:00 | Panel I: Image Production in Interdisciplinary Transatlantic Metropolitan Research

The Metropolis as a Giant Hall of Mirrors
Roland Posner (TU Berlin)

‘The Problematic of representation’ in Urban Studies. Reconciling Semiotic and Political Economic Approaches in the Analysis of Place Marketing and Entrepreneurial Urban Governance
Claire Colomb (University College London)

Tourism and the Built Environment in Post-conflict Cities: A Study of Belfast, Berlin and Beirut
Emily Bereskin (Bryn Mawr College)

11:00 - 11:15 | Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:15 | Panel II: Infrastructure in Interdisciplinary Transatlantic Metropolitan Research

Port Cities and Global Networks
Carola Hein (Bryn Mawr College)

The Impact of Airports on National and International Urban Hierarchies
Owen Gutfreund (City University of New York)

12:15 - 13:30 | Lunch Break

13:30 -15:00 | Panel III: Diversity and Difference in Interdisciplinary Transatlantic Metropolitan Research

The Disadvantaged Second Generation in New York and Berlin
John Mollenkopf (City University of New York)

Hyper-diversity: Urban Problem or Urban Prospect?
Jill Simone Gross (City University of New York)

How to Make Difference Meaningful: The Making of Urban Diversity and the Potential of Ethnography
Alexa Färber (HU Berlin)

15:00 - 15:15 | Coffee Break

15:15 - 16:15 | Orchestrating Interdisciplinary Transatlantic Metropolitan Research: An Overview of Six Years TGK
TGK Fellows (CMS, TU Berlin)

16:15 - 17:00 | Closing: The Transatlantic Graduate Research Program - Future Outlook
Dorothee Brantz (CMS, TU Berlin) and Rosemary Wakeman (Fordham University)

19:00 | Conference Dinner
Skylounge (20th floor, Telefunkenhaus, TU Berlin)

Saturday | June 19

Excursion | Contested Memories and Urban Space with Claire Colomb (University College London)

Excursion | Neukölln – Berlin’s Melting Pot? An Excursion to a Neighborhood in Transition with Cordelia Polinna (CMS, TU Berlin)

Times & Meeting Points tba



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