IRS Seminars

In addition to the series “IRS International Lectures on Society and Space”, the “IRS Seminars”, which are regularly organised at the institute, offer a podium for lectures with particular relevance to the research departments – mainly held by early stage researchers at the IRS. The seminars are also integral part of research stays. Hence, they specifically address the collaborative work between the guest and the IRS research department.

Lizzie Richardson | University of Sheffield

Stoyan V. Sgourev | ESSEC Business School

Jean Hillier | RMIT University

Xiangming Chen | Trinity College

Dr. Bianka Plüschke-Altof | Tallinn University

Dr. Kadri Leetmaa | University of Tartu

Dr. Taylor Brydges | Stockholm University

Dr. Giovanni Formilan | University of Warwick

Ignasi Capdevila | PSB Paris School of Business

IRS Seminar
12. July | 2022
IRS Seminar with Alessandro Coppola | Assistant Professor in Urban Planning at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies at Politecnico di Milano

Italy has been long-time considered the poster child of the southern-European housing regimes, featuring high homeownership rates, relevant housing informality practices, the centrality of families and the residualisation of public housing. 20-year-long stagnation and austerity have not changed these fundamental features, as the state increasingly strengthened its nature as a real-estate state both as a privatizater and developer of its own assets and as an enabler of individual property through mortgage deductions, de-taxation of all primary residences, lower taxes on inter-generational transfers and massive fiscal credits for the retrofitting of both primary and secondary homes. more infos

IRS Seminar
11. July | 2022
IRS Seminar with Dr. Claudia Seldin | Associate Researcher at the Center for Metropolitan Studies of the Technische Universität Berlin

In August of 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and following its first strict lockdown, the city of Berlin unveiled its new marketing campaign under the motto “Wir sind ein Berlin” (we are one Berlin). This motto, centered on collaboration and unity, came as a replacement to the former “be berlin” slogan, introduced in 2007 as part of a large set of policies to position Berlin globally as a strong ‘creative city’. more infos

IRS Seminar
27. June | 2022

Academic events have been characterised as important meeting spaces for the communication of new knowledge and for networking practices within and across different epistemic communities. This lecture examines the wider question how the global geographies of international academic events have not only reflected but also impacted on changing international knowledge networks in different world regions and been inextricably linked to global geopolitics. more infos

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Photo: privat
16. May | 2022

Between 1948 and 1967, Jerusalem was divided by a “city line”, dividing Jordan (East Jerusalem) from Israel (West Jerusalem). Between the two sections stood one border crossing called “Mandelbaum Gate”. While existing literature on the Gate tends to emphasize its military status – owing in particular to the military convoy that crossed the border on a regular basis – research using sources from that time paints a picture of a border with civilian activity run jointly by two ostensibly warring countries. more infos

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Photo: Bartosz Grześkowiak
30. March | 2022

The Covid-19 pandemic reorganized the lives of the inhabitants of European societies in many ways, leading, among other things, to the closure and introduction of restrictions on the internal borders of the European Union, thus altering one of its key dimensions, freedom of movement. more infos

IRS Seminar
17. August | 2021
IRS Seminar with Anna-Katharina Brenner, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria

Superblocks – experimental urban planning interventions – challenge urban configurations geared towards car use. Socio-spatial conditions shaping processes of experimentation provide the ground for conflicts, shape material conditions and potential benefits. Drawing on three potential superblock application areas in Vienna, we used an integrated mixed-method approach. more infos

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Foto: Jaroslav Ira
27. November | 2020
IRS Seminar with Jaroslav Ira, Charles University, Prague

In early 20th century, small towns became an important theme in Czech society. This culminated in the interwar doctrine, movement, and socio-spatial ideology of regionalism. More than just central places for rural surrounding or disseminators of metropolitan culture, small towns were progressively imagined as key agents in socio-cultural rebalancing of Czechoslovakia and counterweighting of centralism and cultural dominance of Prague, and as places, where production of original and high-quality cultural forms and ideas were possible and desirable. more infos

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Foto: Nir Cohen
26. November | 2020
IRS Seminar with Nir Cohen, Bar Ilan University

The settlement of African migrants in Tel Aviv's southern neighborhoods has elicited much resentment from long-term (Jewish) residents. Infuriated by so-called uneven urban burden-sharing, which worsened already poor living conditions in their neighborhoods, residents took to the streets against local and national policymakers as well as migrants themselves. The result has been a whole decade of tense relations between long-timers and new-comers. more infos

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Foto: Aarhus University, AU Photo
05. October | 2020

In both urban geography and urban history, scholars have convincingly demonstrated how the modernisation of European cities relied upon the construction of intricate infrastructural networks and the extraction and urbanisation of natural resources. Few studies, however, have so far connected this development to the rise of welfare states and societies in the 20th century Western Europe. Focusing on Copenhagen, this paper addresses the links between urban water, materiality and welfare citizenship in 20th century Denmark. more infos

IRS Seminar
22. January | 2020
IRS Seminar with Koen Frenken, Alica Repenning, Anna Oechslen and Angeliki Tzouganatou
IRS Seminar
06. November | 2019

Jean Hillier will explore the Foucauldian concepts of milieu and environnementalité which recognise interdependent entanglements of the human and non-human in regimes of ecological assemblages. Beings, such as humans, dogs, cats, foxes, rabbits, in Australia constitute themselves through the differential between exterior flows or milieus connecting them to other beings and assemblages and flows or milieus interior to their self. more infos

IRS Seminar
22. October | 2019

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) since 2013 has forged a new spatio-economic connection between China and Europe through the older transport technology of freight trains. Since 2011 when the first China-Europe freight train reached Duisburg in Germany from the megacity of Chongqing in southwestern China, the number of trains and routes have multiplied into diverse and frequent services carrying containerized goods between a large number of regionally varied Chinese cities and major European urban centers. more infos

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Fotos (v.l.n.r.): Kadri Leetmaa, Andres Raudjalg
23. July | 2019
Untertitel IRS Seminar with Bianka Plüschke-Altof and Kadri Leetmaa and examples presented by Benjamin Schaarwächter and Fabian Schroth

All over Europe rural areas are often affected by out-migration, peripheralisation and a growing backlog in (digital) infrastructure and innovation dynamics. At the same time there are examples of villages in which innovative initiatives develop new, situation- and problem-specific local solutions. The workshop opens the debate on current developments in Estonian and German rural areas, discussing both challenges and innovative opportunities. more infos

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Photo: digital records of the Montparnasse Initiative, Paris 2018
17. June | 2019
IRS Seminar with Dr. Marta Lenartowicz, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
IRS Seminar
12. June | 2019
IRS Seminar with Dr. Taylor Brydges, Stockholm University

The platform economy has disrupted a number of established industries, from automotive to accommodation. A variety of terms are used to refer to the platform economy, including the sharing economy, the collaborative economy, the on-demand economy, and the gig economy. In our research, we prefer the term platform economy because most transactions within this digital realm are far removed from an idealized vision of peer-to-peer sharing, represented by services such as Wikipedia or Napster. There are a variety of types of platforms, including platforms that transform the delivery of traditional services (such as Airbnb and Uber), platforms that act as financial intermediaries (such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo), platforms that mediate work (such as TaskRabbit and Amazon Mechanical Turk), and platforms that serve as virtual retail marketplaces (such as Amazon and Etsy). more infos

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Foto: Sabine Van Cauwenberge
24. May | 2019
IRS Seminar with Johan Lagae, Ghent University

The interdisciplinary and transregional approaches are considered desirable for numerous grant proposals in social sciences and humanities. Yet they pose not only inspiration, but a challenge, due to various ethical and language issues (multilingual team with English as working language, translation of the terminology, different local languages in the focus areas). more infos

IRS Seminar
22. May | 2019
RS Seminar with Dr hab. Prof. UŁ Szymon Marcińczak, University of Łódź

In this paper, I use social sequence analysis to explore patterns of stylistic erraticism and stability in the early-career production of underground electronic music artists. Extant research has paid primary attention to erratic and deviant choices made by established producers who already have a distinctive signature in their respective fields. While stylistic changes and erratic choices have sustained superior performance under certain circumstances, stylistic stability has ben generally identified as beneficial to producers in their creative journeys. However, stylistic experimentation – and therefore erratic behavior – is frequent at the very beginning of one’s career, when a distinctive signature is still to emerge. more infos

IRS Seminar
13. May | 2019

In this paper, I use social sequence analysis to explore patterns of stylistic erraticism and stability in the early-career production of underground electronic music artists. Extant research has paid primary attention to erratic and deviant choices made by established producers who already have a distinctive signature in their respective fields. While stylistic changes and erratic choices have sustained superior performance under certain circumstances, stylistic stability has ben generally identified as beneficial to producers in their creative journeys. However, stylistic experimentation – and therefore erratic behavior – is frequent at the very beginning of one’s career, when a distinctive signature is still to emerge. more infos

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Portrait: Dr. Duygu Cihanger Ribeiro
15. April | 2019
IRS Seminar with Ender Peker | Sabancı University

Although decision-makers involved in urban development have started to recognize the severity of the impact of urban built environment on climate, a sufficient level of action has yet to be achieved particularly at the local level in many countries. Turkey, as a developing country, went into action by publication of the national level plans (i.e. Turkish National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) and Turkish Climate Change Adaptation Plan (TCCAP)) that introduce sets of strategies both for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. more infos

IRS Seminar
13. March | 2019

The practice of coworking is based on the collaboration and knowledge sharing among independent professionals creating collaborative communities, within an open work space. Coworking spaces differ from other shared work spaces (such as business incubators or shared offices) mainly because they have a vision behind, based on the construction of a spirit of community and the collaboration between the members. more infos

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04. March | 2019
IRS Seminar with Aaron Andrews | Leeds Beckett University

The “inner city” is both a transnational spatial construct—appearing first in urban discourses in the United States in the 1960s before entering the policy lexicon of Britain and Western Europe in the 1970s – and a real place, with nationally- and locally-specific histories. In these various national contexts, the inner city has been linked with a crisis of urban governance. more infos

IRS Seminar
30. January | 2019

Using the Berlin case, I discuss how civil society actors have engaged in bordering processes in the aftermath of the 2015 arrivals. To do so, I combine critical border, migration and urban studies and move beyond state-centric approaches, which conceptualize “borders” as fixed territorial lines. Adopting a Foucauldian lens, I focus on bordering practices, understanding them as a dispositif, which operate and are reproduced at multiscalar levels by various state and non-state actors. more infos

IRS Seminar
23. January | 2019

This presentation starts with a reflection on an issue that first emerged as I was looking for Amsterdam-based platform/gig workers who would be willing and able to participate in the first Reshaping Work conference I co-organized in 2017: whereas it was relatively easy to find workers delivering food via platforms such as Deliveroo and Uber Eats, I had significantly more trouble finding workers who performed cleaning work for Helpling (the largest domestic cleaning platform in Europe). more infos