Events in 2019

Guest Lecture "Governing the Narcotic City: Preview and Discussion of the upcoming HERA Research Project (2019-2022)"

6 June 2019, 2pm to 4pm
Stefan Höhne (KWI Essen)
University of Duisburg-Essen, R12 R04 B11 (Universitätsstrasse 12, 45141 Essen)

Drug cultures are deeply entwined with the economies, governance, and daily life of European cities. Especially within the last fifty years, the consumption and trade of both legal and illegal intoxicants has become a widespread phenomenon which has radically affected social life and social structure. In both media and political discourses, the presence of drug-related practices in public urban spaces is deemed particularly problematic. These practices are often problematically attached to specific urban areas and to marginalized groups such as the homeless, sex workers, or migrants. Within the framework of the European funding HERA: Public Spaces (2019-2022), the international research project Governing the Narcotic City. Imaginaries, Practices and Discourses of Public Drug Cultures in European Cities from 1970 until today, will investigate how discourses and conflicts related to public drug consumption has influenced the social structures of European cities in the late 20th and early 21st century. Which imaginary geographies and representations of urban drug cultures have been developed in this time period? How have municipalities regulated contested narcotic spaces? Which actors have called these policies into question and offered alternative strategies and visions? Seeking to address these questions, the research project Governing the Narcotic City will begin in June 2019 to investigate the discourses, practices and imaginaries of public drug cultures from the 1970s until today. In this presentation, Höhne will give a 'Sneak Peek' into the project and discuss ideas and potential research perspectives.

Guest Lecture "Urbanization and Infrastructural Statecraft in the American Century"

23 May 2019, 2pm to 4pm
Boris Vormann (Bard College Berlin)
University of Duisburg-Essen, R12 R04 B11 (Universitätsstrasse 12, 45141 Essen)

Vormann is a scholar of political science, urban studies, and American studies who has specialized on the relationship of urbanization and globalization, as well as issues of global governance. Among his most recent books are Global Port Cities in North America: Urbanization Processes and Global Production Networks (2015) and Die Krise der Demokratie und wie wir sie überwinden (2017, co-authored with Christian Lammert).

Playing the Field II: Video Games, American Studies, and Space

15-18 May 2019
Key Note Speakers: Michael Nitsche and Barbara Buchenau
Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI) (Goethestraße 31, 45128 Essen)
Conference Program
Website KWI

Guest Lecture "Ruhr/Detroit: Reading Urban Transformation between American Studies and Urban Planning"

9 May 2019, 2pm to 4pm
Julia Sattler (TU Dortmund)
University of Duisburg-Essen, R12 R04 B11 (Universitätsstrasse 12, 45141 Essen)

Methodological Workshop with Dieter Hassenpflug

26 April 2019
Dieter Hassenpflug (University of Weimar)
University of Duisburg-Essen
Invitation only

The researchers will participate in a workshop on urban methodology, more specifically urban semiotics ("Werkstatt der urbanen Semiotik") held by Prof. Dr. Dieter Hassenpflug. The workshop will include an introduction to urban semiotics, a case study of the modern Chinese metropolis - Dieter Hassenpflug is the author of Der urbane Code Chinas (Birkhäuser, 2013), as well as a discussion of the conceptualizations of the group's different research projects.

Guest Lecture "Cities of Future Past: Platz, Mauer, Turm"

11 April 2019
Mark Kammerbauer (architect)
University of Duisburg-Essen, S07 S00 D07 (Universitätsstrasse 12, 45141 Essen)

Simultaneity in the City
Symposium of the Association for Literary Urban Studies (ALUS) 2019

15 February 2019
Special Guests: Jason Finch & Lieven Ameel
University of Duisburg-Essen, R12 R04 B02 (Universitätsstrasse 12, 45141 Essen)
About the Symposium
Official Website
Symposium Program

Guest Lecture "Reading J. M. Coetzee's Essay on Erasmus: Self-Knowledge and Power"

Yoshiki Tajiri (University of Tokyo)
24 January 2019, 4pm (c.t.)
University of Duisburg-Essen, R12 R04 B11 (Universitätsstrasse 12, 45141 Essen)
About the Guest Lecture

Guest Lecture "The Living Cities"

Dirk Vanderbeke (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)
24 January 2019, 10am (c.t.)
University of Duisburg-Essen, V15 R03 H60 (Universitätsstrasse 12, 45141 Essen)
About the Guest Lecture

Public Talk "Two Years With Trump"

Monday, 21 January 2019, 6:30pm
University of Duisburg-Essen, ESG Saal in der Brücke, Universitätsstr. 2, 45141 Essen
About the Public Talk

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