UrbanTOPIAS. Discussing the Challenges of Changing Cities

UrbanTOPIAS. Discussing the Challenges of Changing Cities

DFG International Graduate Research Program Berlin-New York-Toronto "The World in the City: Metropolitanism and Globalization from the 19th Century to the Present"
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin & Technische Universität Berlin
Vom - Bis
27.10.2016 - 29.10.2016
Felix Fuhg

Cities are characterized by uncertainty and contingency. They have become the primary sites where societal transformations transpire first and where answers have to be found. Thus cities are the uneven landscapes of both fears and hopes, dystopian and utopian urban spaces, of what could be called UrbanTopias.

The 5th Annual Conference of the International Graduate Research Program Berlin-New York-Toronto “The World in the City: Metropolitanism and Globalization from the 19th Century to the Present” invites urban scholars and activists to discuss the challenges of changing cities. Throughout global history the dialectic of fear and hope has always been strongest during moments of crisis and transformation whether through political and artistic movements, technological and infrastructural innovations, or societal revolutions.

Together, we will firstly explore the multiple forces of threats and anxieties, as they shape urban reality. Secondly, we examine practices of resistance and adaptations to urban transformations. Thirdly, we investigate different conceptualizations of the urban future, and its particular relationships of time and space. Finally, a roundtable discussion concludes the conference and invites a number of panelists, together with the audience, to debate the future of urban studies.


Thursday, October 27th

Venue: HU Berlin, Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum, Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 1-3, Auditorium

12:45 Registration

13:15 – 13:30 Welcome: Dorothee Brantz (TU Berlin)

Section I: Take Risks

13:35 – 13:45 Introduction to Section I: John Mollenkopf (CUNY)

13:45 – 15:15 Panel I: Threatened Hospitality / Threatening Hostility

Panel Coordination: Katharina Knaus (IGK) & Gesa Trojan (IGK) & Chaghaf Howayek (IGK)
Moderation/Discussant: Katharina Knaus (IGK) & Gesa Trojan (IGK)

Philipp Misselwitz (TU Berlin) “Refugee Accomodaton Strategies”

Dyugu Kaban (Spacedigger Research Collective, Berlin) “Blurry Borders in Anxious Times - Art and Urbanism between Turkey and Germany”

Sarah Becklake (Lancaster University): “The Temporally Hospitable/Hostile City-Destination: Global Tourism Mobilities, (In)Securities, and the Making of Hospitable/Hostile Experiences in La Antigua Guatemala.”

Nils Grube (HU Berlin) "Welcome to Berlin - Now Go Home! Hospitality and Hostility in Berlin’s New Tourism Areas"

15:15 - 15:45 Coffee break

15:45 – 17:15 Panel II: Fear the Streets! Street Crime, Moral Panics, and the Metropolis

Panel Coordination: Niklas Creemeres (IGK) & Felix Fuhg (IGK)
Moderation: Felix Fuhg (IGK)

Niklas Creemers (IGK) “A Game of ‘Whack-A-Mole’: Policing New York City through Stats, Maps, and Trends.”

Jenny Künkel (Universität Frankfurt) “Policing Disorder in the Gentrifying City - an Intersectional Perspective.”

Bill Osgerby (London Metropolitan University) “The 'Criminal Disease' of 'Broken Britain': Youth, Politics and Moral Panics in the UK“

17:15 – 17:45 Coffee break


17:45 – 18:00 Introduction to the Keynote Speaker: Thomas Mergel (HU Berlin)

18:00 – 19:30 Keynote with Discussion: Andrew Lees (Rutgers University) "The Growth of Cities and Conflicting Views of Urban Conditions Since 1800"

Friday, October 28th

Venue: TU Berlin, CMS, Hardenbergstraße 16-18, 1st floor, Room 103
Section II: Act Changes

09:30 – 09:40 Introduction to Section II: Margit Mayer (CMS/TU Berlin)

09:40 – 11:00 Panel III: Remerging Infrastructures. From Small Scale Practices of Provisioning to Large-Sscale Organization of Basic Needs.

Panel Coordination: Hannah Schilling (IGK) & Beatrice Walthall (IGK)
Moderation: Hanna Hilbrandt (IRS Erkner)
Discussant: Timothy Moss (HU Berlin)

Marcela Arietta (IGK) "Water and Power Organizing Practices at the Urban Fringe of Bogotá"

Marcela Lopéz (FU Berlin) “Infrastructures, Citizenship and Public Water in Meddelín, Colombia“

Beatrice Walthall (IGK) “Revealing Civic Actions in Urban Food Governance in Berlin”

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 12:45 Panel IV: Changing Mobility Patterns: Progress and Reluctance

Panel Coordination and Moderator: Aljoscha Hofmann (IGK)
Commentator: Dietrich Henckel (TU Berlin)

Christoph Bernhardt (IRS Erkner) "On Transitions and Persistences of Urban Mobility in the 20th Century."

Wolfgang Aichinger (Sustainable Mobility Consultant) "Cycling Boom, Dieselgate & Co.: Reflections on the Inherent Inconsistency of Mobility Policies in Germany"

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch Break & Fellow-Supervisor-Meetings

14:00 – 15:00 IGK Board Member Meeting

15:00 Excursions/Tours (approx. 2h)

19:30 Conference-Dinner (for registered guests only): Restaurant Schleusenkrug (Müller-Breslau-Straße, 10623 Berlin)

Saturday, October 29th

Venue: TU Berlin, CMS, Hardenbergstraße 16-18, 1st floor, Room 103

Section III: Create Futures

10:00 – 10:10 Introduction to Section III: Jennifer Jenkins (University of Toronto)

10:10 – 11:30 Panel V: Artivism in Urban Imaginaries

Panel Coordination: Kate Brehme (IGK) & Elif Artan (IGK)
Moderation: Janet Merkel (City University London)

Elif Artan (IGK) „Documentation of Urban Witnessing“

Kate Brehme (IGK) „Temporary Urban Space Aestheticized: What is The Berlin Biennale’s Right to the City?“

Friederike Landau (IGK) “Complementary Critiques - Collective Artist Formations in Berlin's Cultural Politics”

11:30 – 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 - 13:15 Panel VI: Tempor(e)ality: Racing Time and The Racialized Urban

Panel Coordination: Noa Ha (IGK)
Discussant and Moderation: Noa Ha (IGK)

Marlène de Saussure (IGK) "Producing the 'Colonial Metropole' in Marseille through Materialized Processes of Radicalization"

Patricia Schor (Utrecht University) "White Order and the Colonial Arquive: Racialization of Public Space in the Netherlands”

Peggy Piesche (University of Bayreuth) "Memory, Time Travel and Post-City Spaces: Decolonizing African /Diasporic Futures"

13:15 – 14:45 Lunch Break & Fellow-Supervisor-Meetings

14:45 – 15:30 Film Screening/Artistic Performance

15:30 – 17:00 A Final Discussion on “The Future of Urban Studies”:
Dorothee Brantz (TU Berlin)
Kanishka Goonewardena (University of Toronto)
Friederike Landau (IGK)
Philipp Misselwitz (TU Berlin)
Rosemary Wakeman (Fordham University)
Moderation: Noa Ha (IGK) & Daniel Tödt (IGK)

20:00 Closing Party at Kosmetik Salon Babette
(Karl-Marx-Allee 36, 10178 Berlin)


Elisabeth Asche

Center for Metropolitan Studies (CMS)
TU Berlin, Hardenbergstraße 16-18 | HBS-6, 10623 Berlin
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