Category: Places

  • Episode 77 – Post-Socialist Infrastructure

    Episode 77 – Post-Socialist Infrastructure

    In this episode we talk about garages, trams and trolleybuses! Our guests for this episode, Tauri Tuvikene and Wladimir Sgibnev, help us think about post-socialist mobility in terms of continuities and ruptures. Using examples from Estonia, East Germany, and the former Soviet Union, they question the future of mobility, highlight the importance of studying mundane…

  • Episode 74 – In Conversation with Jean-David Gerber (The Urban Lives of Property Series III)

    Episode 74 – In Conversation with Jean-David Gerber (The Urban Lives of Property Series III)

    This episode of the Urban Lives of Property Series expands discussions geographically and conceptually: Our guest in this episode, Jean-David Gerber, helps us think property from Switzerland and other places. Starting off with the observation that there is no single understanding of property, Jean-David argues that it is important for any consideration to be context-specific…

  • Episode 71 – Cosmopolitan Solidarity

    Episode 71 – Cosmopolitan Solidarity

    To live in the age of precarity is a tolling, everyday struggle. It erodes one’s strength to carry on, live another day, and keep the hope for a modicum of prosperity due to come in some vague future. And when things get unbearably harsh, when the hegemony of neoliberalism has individualised the problems and told…

  • Episode 70 – Property Rights Versus Tenants in Poland

    Episode 70 – Property Rights Versus Tenants in Poland

    Beata Siemieniako on the restitution of housing and tenants’ struggles. Unregulated restitution of property to prewar owners (or rather their legal successors) remains a major source of conflict over housing in Poland, most notably in Warsaw. This episode features Beata Siemieniako, a Warsaw lawyer and urban activist who has been supporting tenants in their struggle…

  • Episode 64 – In Conversation with Vera Smirnova  (The Urban Lives of Property Series II)

    Episode 64 – In Conversation with Vera Smirnova  (The Urban Lives of Property Series II)

    In this second part of the series Urban Lives of Property, Hanna and Markus talk to Vera Smirnova, a human and political geographer to discuss property and territory from a Russian perspective. Smirnova’s genealogical account moves from the Czarist period to this day, illuminating also the current Russian invasion of the Ukraine. Smirnova offers a…

  • Episode 63 – Russian Academia and Urban Activism in Times of War: Insights from St. Petersburg

    Episode 63 – Russian Academia and Urban Activism in Times of War: Insights from St. Petersburg

    Meet urban scholar Oleg Pachenkov who left Russia few weeks after the invasion of Ukraine. Markus speaks with him about his personal and professional trajectory as a critical scholar bringing him to Berlin. The conversation covers the breakdown of the public sphere in Russia within weeks after the start of the war in Ukraine and…

  • Episode 62 – In Conversation with Nick Blomley (The Urban Lives of Property Series I)

    Episode 62 – In Conversation with Nick Blomley (The Urban Lives of Property Series I)

    This podcast series explores the “life of property” in urban theory and practice. In conversations with scholars who have led the way in property debates, it aims is to advance conceptual and theoretical groundwork on this notion that fundamentally shapes everyday urban lives and political discussion about the city. Within the social sciences and critical…

  • Episode 61 – Are Community Land Trusts Transformative?

    Episode 61 – Are Community Land Trusts Transformative?

    Community land trusts are proliferating across the globe, promoted as a potential solution to the ever-worsening affordable housing crisis. CLTs provide a mechanism for decommodification, collective ownership, and community control; however, those ideals are hard to operationalize, and many CLTs function more as traditional affordable housing providers than as urban commons. This episode discusses the…

  • Episode 60 – On Peripheralisation

    Episode 60 – On Peripheralisation

    How do “peripheries” form? And how does urbanization generate processes of peripheralization? Today, urban research is increasingly confronted with processes of extended urbanization that unfold far beyond cities and agglomerations: novel patterns of urbanization are crystallizing in agricultural areas and in remote landscapes, challenging inherited conceptions of the urban as a bounded and dense settlement…

  • Episode 55 – Dispatch from RC21 Conference 2022 – Ordinary cities in exceptional times

    Episode 55 – Dispatch from RC21 Conference 2022 – Ordinary cities in exceptional times

    The RC21 Conference 2022, “Ordinary cities in exceptional times,” was held in Athens from August, 24 to 26. A large group of participants from all over the world gathered for was the first in-person conference of the RC21 network since the start of the pandemic. However, the pandemic continued to dominate the conference with a…

  • Episode 54 – Dispatch from INURA Conference 2022 in Luxemburg

    Episode 54 – Dispatch from INURA Conference 2022 in Luxemburg

    The 30th annual INURA Conference entitled “Small State Big Transitions” was held in Luxembourg from June 25 to 28. Over 60 participants gathered at the conference to learn about the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and to celebrate the 30 years INURA. This year’s conference was organised by the Urban Studies Group at the Department of…

  • Episode 53 – Landscapes of Care and Control

    Episode 53 – Landscapes of Care and Control

    This episode looks at urban landscapes of care and control that emerged during the pandemic in Santiago de Chile (Chile), Bogotá (Colombia) and Berlin (Germany). It is a comparative conversation on the urban impasse of state interventions and everyday logics under COVID19 in each of these cities and discusses the following questions: Episode transcript Host:…

  • Episode 52 – Book Review Roundtable: Fragments of the City: Making and Remaking Urban Worlds

    Episode 52 – Book Review Roundtable: Fragments of the City: Making and Remaking Urban Worlds

    Cities are becoming increasingly fragmented materially, socially, and spatially. Fragments of the City examines the fragments themselves, what they are and how they come to matter in the experience, politics, and expression of cities. How does the city appear when we look at it through its fragments? For those living on the economic margins, the…

  • Episode 51 – Racism and Social Mix

    Episode 51 – Racism and Social Mix

    Social mix has become a central planning discourse worldwide to address urban inequalities and segregation as key urban problems of the 21st century. Far from being benevolent, the discourse of social mix and its related implementations are subjected to a fundamental critique highlighting racist underpinnings and consequences in targeted neighborhoods. The conversation draws on insights…

  • Episode 49 – Ukrainian Cities at War

    Episode 49 – Ukrainian Cities at War

    Listen to urban researchers sharing their insights on the situation in Ukrainian cities at war, from Kyiv, Kharkiv to Mariupol. Our guests discuss Putin’s identity politics and the way his propaganda hits a wall in the context of the shelling of Ukrainian cities. Countering the images of an opposition of “Ukrainian vs Russian” inhabitants as…

  • Episode 48 – Troubling Graffiti and Street Art

    Episode 48 – Troubling Graffiti and Street Art

    What do graffiti and street art do? This is the key question of the intriguing podcast conversation among Emma Arnold, Jeff Ross, and John Lennon. While we learn about the unruly and disruptive features of graffiti in urban space, our guests also trouble its effects by asking questions about its relation to gentrification, racialized capitalism…

  • Episode 47 – Housing Expropriation Referendum in Berlin: How it was won and what comes next?

    Episode 47 – Housing Expropriation Referendum in Berlin: How it was won and what comes next?

    On the 26th of September over million Berliners voted to expropriate and return to public ownership over 200,000 homes in the city. Deutsche Wohnen und Co Enteignen targeted a number of large real estate companies in Berlin that had control of what had previously been social housing stock. The referendum is not legally binding, requiring…

  • Episode 46 – Urban Political Special: RC21 Conference Antwerp

    Episode 46 – Urban Political Special: RC21 Conference Antwerp

    In this Urban Political Special, Elisabet Van Wymeersch, Stijn Oosterlynck, Claudia Seldin, Roger Keil, Luce Beeckmans, and Manuel B. Aalbers are talking about their experiences at the RC21 conference 2021 – the annual conference of the International Sociological Association Research Committee 21 on Urban and Regional Development. Our guests share their insights and key findings…