Workshop "The City: Analyzing Contemporary Transformations and Structures". Date: 09-10.03.2012. Site: Bielefeld, Germany. Deadline: 01.10.2011
Organiser: Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology, University of Bielefeld
Topics: The workshop asks for both urban transformations and urban structures that can be analysed by social scientists. What are recent developments and transformations of cities? What are the specific challenges researchers are confronted with in these cities? How can we adequately analyse and analytically formulate contemporary urban phenomena? In what respect do cities possess features that are specific for the late 20th and beginning 21st century, i.e. what are typical structures?
What kind of social transformations influence the character of cities and in how far do cities in turn influence social developments? In what respect can cities be understood as specific physical-spatial structures resulting of (social) developments? This workshop aims at bringing the social scientist‟s perspective on contemporary urban transformations and structures into focus.
What specific challenges are inhabitants, city planners, but also we as researchers confronted with? What is life like in (post)modern cities, how can these cities be characterized? What kind of relation exists between cities and the societies they are embedded in?
Deadline: October 1, 2011
Contact: Anna-Lisa Müller