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SE Refugee, Multi-Species, and Other Urbanisms

Avi Sharma

Modul 6: Stadt im Netz

Mo 10-12 Uhr • virtueller Seminarraum • Beginn: 20.04.2020

Note: Please register on ISIS by April 19th before 3pm! An introductory group video conference on meet@ISIS – accessible on the ISIS Course Homepage – will take place on April 20th at 10:15. Essential information about the organization and requirements of the course will only be explained at that session.

Achtung: Registrierung auf ISIS bis zum 19.4. 15 Uhr erforderlich! Einführende gemeinsame Videokonferenz auf meet@ISIS auf der ISIS-Kursseite am 20.4. um 10:15. Der Ablauf des Seminars wird nur dort einmal erklärt.

The city is fracturing under the weight of the urban. What do ‘city’ and ‘urban’ even mean in the context of social scientific and urban theory that variously describes regional agglomerations, pluralization, global entanglements, multi-polarity, planetary scales? Are cities different from other collective forms, and if so, what makes them distinctive? The present seminar argues for a fractal perspective on cities – suggesting that for the purposes of urban theory, cities are better understood as processes than places or objects. The course offers a brief introduction to (and gentle critique of) classical and more recent urban theory. It then explores other perspectives that stress the way urbanism is continually produced through wildly diverse processes occurring in different political, ecological, and climatic contexts. Using a range of historical, geographical, and theoretical frames, it suggests that rather than “typologies of the urban,” we try to understand the world of cities through the different ways of living together. This seminar is an exploration, and students are expected to contribute in different ways. 



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