The CityIndustries Research Network organizes conferences, workshops, book presentations, field trips, and other events on network-related topics. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you are interested in joining our activities!

Activities revolve around the topics of (post-) industrialization and urbanization transformation processes, urban materialities, social practicies, mechanisms of knowledge production, symbolic meanings and affective atmospheres.

Guest Lecture by Kim Fortun (University of California, Irvine) on „Late Industrial Ethnography Redoubled – From Politics to Methods and back“

Last Wednesday, June 14, the Seminar für Ethnologie of the MLU invited to a public lecture by Kim Fortun in the seminar room of the Max Planck Institute for Ethnological Research. Fortun spoke about "Late Industrial Ethnography Redoubled - Form Politics to Methods and back." Her research and teaching focus on environmental health, injustice and disaster; experimental ethnographic methods; and the poetics and politics of data infrastructure.

Cross-sectoral project: "MonoMore"

This project, in which Siarhei Liubimau - member of the CityIndustries-Network - participates, nurtures place-specific formats of applied, negotiated, never finished memorialization and meaning making in and about disrupted towns (with the primary focus on mono-functional towns after their productive phase). It blends the registers of institutions, rituals, communities, infrastructures, individuals, artifacts, dreams, media and norms, in order to open up spaces where memory and meaning making can strengthen each other.

Talk: "Feminist speculations and interventions: Potentials to transgress prevailing epistemic regimes"

Feminist speculations and interventions are not necessarily part of the canon of ethnographic methodology, but they are gaining importance in the wake of an increasing critique of postcolonial and hegemonic epistemic processes of knowledge production. In this talk, Kathrin Eitel from the University of Zürich, will explore where the potentials (and pitfalls) lie for epistemic methods as creative resistance. Join this talk in St. Gallen or Online!

Research Project: Port Infrastructures, International Politics, And Everyday Life in The Horn of Africa

This projects examines transregional relationships between the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Golf in the context of port infrastructures and transport corridors. It aims to build and strengthen long-lasting academic relationships between Europe, the Middle East and the Horn of Africa.

Workshop: Natura Urbana: Ecological Constellations in Urban Space

Upcoming talk by Matthew Gandy (University of Cambridge, Geography) at Hs 1b Lecture Hall (Habelschwerdter Allee 45 / Rostlaube), FU Berlin on May 20, 2022 at 6 pm.

Call for Applications: Critical Urbanism Summer Workshop "Spatialities of Digital Twinning"

29 June-8 July 2022 –– European Humanities University in Vilnius (Lithuania)
Critical urbanism summer workshop "Spatialities of Digital Twinning". Deadline: 2 May 2022.