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Current, Future and Past 2012

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First Annual Conference of the IGK Research Program

The first annual conference of the International Graduate Research Program (IGK) took place on November 2-3, 2012. The focus was on the topic of "Urban-Activism-Scholarship: Global Discourses in Local, Historical and Contemporary Contexts".

Here you can download the program (PDF, 392,5 KB).

Peter Jelavich visits the CMS

Peter Jelavich of Johns Hopkins University visited the CMS on Friday, July 13, 2012 from 2-4 PM. He discussed his work with the IGK fellows and other young researchers.

Workshop: Urbanization in the 20th Century

The workshop "Urbanization in the 20th Century", organized by the Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung, the Center for Metropolitan Studies and the Gesellschaft für Stadtgeschichte und Urbanisierungsforschung, took place on May 31 and June 1, 2012.


More informations on the program can be found on the flyer (PDF, 592,6 KB)

"Geschichtsspeicher Fichtebunker": Young urban researchers of the MA-program Historical Urban Studies present their publication

During imperial times, its gas brought light to Berlin. After 1941, it served as an air-raid shelter. During the Cold War, it served as a storage space for an emergency food supply. The Gasometer Fichtebunker in Berlin-Kreuzberg is a fascinating reservoir of history.  Also once a shelter for refugees and for homeless persons, it is now an exclusive residential address. Some 130 years of urban history can be studied by means of the enormous building. During the Summer Semester of 2012, a team of students of the CMS embarked upon an urban archaeological journey to the Gasometer Fichtebunker. They researched in libraries and archived, met with witnesses to the times in question, experts and enthusiasts. The publication, which was the result of the project, appeared on November 10, 2011 in the Edition Berliner Unterwelten. Interviews, experts, caricatures, plans, poems, stories and photos complement the chapter, making it a vivid journey of discovery through Berlin's history.

Dagmar Thorau/ Gernot Schaulinski (Hg.), Geschichtsspeicher Fichtebunker, Berlin: Edition Berliner Unterwelten, 2011, ISBN: 978-3943112108

Press materials

Berliner Denkmaltag (En: Monument Day): City in the Current – the legacy of the electropolis Berlin

The 26th Berliner Denkmaltag (En: Monument Day), with the involvement of the CMS, took place on April 17, 2012.

Dr. Christoph Bernhardt will represent the CMS as a participant in the event. More information can be found on the flyer and on the homepage of the event.

IRS Erkner is now accepting applications

The Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung e.V. (IRS) in Erkner, near Berlin, an external research institution of the Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (WGL), is searching for a Research Associate (historical studies) (50% Verg. Gr. TV-L E13), for a period of three years, to begin on May 1, 2012.

Applications should be sent to the following address by March 27, 2012:

Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukturplanung,
Petra Koch, Flakenstr. 28-31, D-15537 Erkner
Per Mail: Koch@irs-net.de

Questions: PD Dr. Christoph Bernhardt (bernhardt@irs-net.de)
or: Tel. 03362/793-118


SATURDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 2012, 18.00 H

Please join us for a screening of AFTER THE FACTORY, Philip Lauri's stunning comparative documentary film on people's lives after de-industrialisation in Detroit, USA and Lodz, Poland.

The film premiered on Feb 2nd in Detroit and we are glad to offer the unique chance of a Berlin screening in the presence of the filmmaker!

The film will be screened in English/Polish with English subtitles and will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. Free entrance.
See the trailer here: http://vimeo.com/34660991

For further information see www.afterthefactoryfilm.com

Workshop „City Comparisons: Possibilities and Limitations“

The international workshop "City Comparisons: Possibilities and Limitations", which was organized with the help of Marc Schalenberg, took place on February 2 and 3, 2012. It contributed significantly to the exchange of experiences, and the discussion on research options from different thematic and methodological perspectives.

The program of the workshop can be found here.

New International Graduate Research Program Berlin – New York – Toronto at the CMS


“The World in the City: Metropolitanism and Globalization from the 19th Century to the Present” is the title of the recently approved (by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft,DFG) international and interdisciplinary graduate program, which will be based at the Technische Universität Berlin (Director Prof. Dr. Dorothee Brantz; Co-Director Prof. Dr. Alexander Nützenadel, HU Berlin.  The project is a cooperative effort of several Berlin (TU, FU, HU Berlin), New York (Columbia University, Fordham University, New York University, The City University of New York) and Toronto (University of Toronto, York University) universities. In the spring of 2012, 12 graduate students and 2 post-doctoral fellows will begin their dialogue at the cross-section of historical and interdisciplinary urban studies. While urban researchers primarily define globalization as being a current phenomenon, historians have hardly focused on the role of cities within long-term globalization processes. The IGK hopes to close this research gap and offer, within 4 thematic areas (architecture and urban planning; migration and mobility; knowledge and communication; environment and sustainability), a relevant contribution to interdisciplinary urban research.

More information about the content and associated researchers of the IGK can be found here.


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