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Dorothee Brantz

Urban Societies in Time and Space

Modul 3: Öffentlicher Raum und Stadtkultur

Mo 12-14 Uhr • BIB 014 • Start: 12.10.2015


What characterizes an urban society?  Why do we build cities?  Does nature still exist in the urban realm?  Do cities need destruction?  This lecture serves as an introduction to the MA program in Historical Urban Studies and its rich spectrum of topics.  Using a wide array of questions as our starting point, we will investigate major themes and concepts in interdisciplinary metropolitan studies, e.g., space & place, temporality & history, nature & and the urban environment, urban typologies, urban development & ideology, infrastructures & networks.  In each session we will devote our attention to a specific question in order to examine primarily the historical but also the contemporary implications of distinct urban developments.  The format will center on a classical lecture with interspersed discussions.  Other interested students in related urban fields are welcome to attend.


This seminar is held in English but potential term papers (Hausarbeiten) can be submitted in English or German.


Literature: Gary Bridge und Sophie Watson (eds), A Companion to the City. London: Blackwell, 2003; Leonardo Benevolo, Die Geschichte der Stadt. Frankfurt am Main: Campus, 1993; Peter Hall, Cities in Civilization. New York: Pantheon, 1998.



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