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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?

Language: English  
Deadline: October 1, 2011

Contact: Anna-Lisa Müller
E-mail: cities@uni-bielefeld.de
Internet: http://wwwhomes.uni-bielefeld.de/bghs/dokumente/CfP_Cities2012.pdf