2013 Symposium

First Symposium in 2013


On the 19th and 20th of April in 2013, the first symposium of the “Urban Transformations” project took place at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen.
The symposium gave the PhD candidates the chance to present their first research results to the public, and to discuss a variety of topics relating to urban transformations with experts from Germany, the U.S.A., and Canada. This was an opportunity for bringing up such topics as the narrative dimensions of urban space, practices of inclusion, exclusion and displacement in processes of urban transformation, and the question of how literature and storytelling potentially shape cities. Urban theory was discussed and critical questions were asked relating to the erasure of history in the contemporary cityscape, post-industrial economies, and the potentials and dangers of processes of gentrification.
Within the project, yearly symposia are being held in order to contribute to the building of new networks, and to give the young scholars within the project the opportunity to discuss their projects in a larger framework.
We look forward to the next symposium in March 2014.

Announcement and Program

On April 19 and 20, 2013, the program is holding its first conference hosted and supported by the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen.
The PhD candidates in the program will present part of their work and discuss it with scholars in their field. Moreover, experts from a variety of disciplines relating to the project theme of “Spaces-Communities-Representations: Urban Transformations in the USA” will provide their insights into the topic.
The presentations by Prof. Dr. Eva Boesenberg (Humboldt-Universität, Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Mabel Wilson (Columbia University, New York) will focus on African American conceptions of the city. Prof. Dr. Heike Bungert (University of Münster) will discuss German-American festivals in an urban context, and Prof. Dr. Andreas Mahler (Free University, Berlin), Prof. Dr. Thomas Heise (McGill University, Montréal) and Prof. Dr. Jon Hegglund (Washington State University, Vancouver) will focus on the narration of urban spaces in the United States.
For further information and registration please contact Julia Sattler.
Directions to the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI) can be found here.

Program

Friday, 19 April 2013

9.00 a.m. Welcome, Introduction

Prof. Dr. Claus Leggewie, (Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, KWI) Prof. Dr. Josef Raab (University of Duisburg-Essen)

9.30 a.m. Expert Statements and Discussion

Chair: Selma Bidlingmaier (Ruhr-University Bochum) Prof. Dr. Andreas Mahler (Free University, Berlin): “Writing the City: Mimesis into Performance“ Prof. Dr. Heike Bungert (University of Münster, WWU): “German-American Ethnicity and Festivals in an Urban Context”

11.00 a.m. Coffee Break

11.30 a.m. PhD Candidate Presentation and Discussion

Chair: Tazalika M. te Reh (TU Dortmund University) Erika Mikó (TU Dortmund University): “New York’s Soundscape in Hungarian Communist Travel Writing” (Working title of dissertation: New York’s Urban Transformation from a Hungarian Perspective)

12.30 p.m. PhD Candidate Presentation and Discussion

Chair: Kathrin Muschalik (Ruhr-University Bochum) Insa Neumann (University of Duisburg-Essen): “New York City's Urban Space in German Immigrant Letters” (Working title of dissertation: Between Nativism and Assimilation—Changing Self-/Representations of German Immigrant Communities and German Americans in New York City)

1.30 p.m. Coffee Break/ Snacks

2.00 p.m. PhD Candidate Presentation and Discussion

Chair: Selma Bidlingmaier (Ruhr-University Bochum) Utku Mogultay (University of Duisburg-Essen): “Walking/Investigating/ Consuming the City: Tourists, Flaneurs and Detectives in Pynchon's Against the Day” (Working title of dissertation: Modernity, Mobility and the Transformation of Urban Culture in Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day)

3.00 p.m. Meetings of PhD Candidates and Experts


Saturday, 20 April 2013

9.00 a.m. Expert Statements and Discussion

Chair: Julia Sattler (TU Dortmund University) Prof. Dr. Thomas Heise (McGill University, Montréal): “The City as Palimpsest: Regional Globalism and the Return of History in the Contemporary Crime Narrative” Prof. Dr. Jon R. Hegglund (Washington State University, Pullmann): “Cities after People: Urban Narratives at the End of Modernity”

10.30 a.m. Coffee Break

11.00 a.m. Expert Statements and Discussion

Chair: Utku Mogultay (University of Duisburg-Essen) Prof. Dr. Mabel Wilson (Columbia University, New York): “Thinking Race, Reading Architecture” Prof. Dr. Eva Boesenberg (Humboldt University, Berlin): “Reconceptualizing Blackness, Community and Urban Geographies in Paul Beatty’s The White Boy Shuffle”

12.30 p.m. Coffee Break/ Snacks

1.15 p.m. PhD Candidate Presentation and Discussion

Chair: Insa Neumann (University of Duisburg-Essen) Selma Bidlingmaier (Ruhr-University Bochum): “Re-inhabiting the Lived Spaces of Chinatown” (Working title of dissertation: Writing Chinatown, Writing Third Spaces)

2.15 p.m. PhD Candidate Presentation and Discussion

Chair: Utku Mogultay (University of Duisburg-Essen) Tazalika M. te Reh (TU Dortmund University): “... and this is only the beginning of what they will do ...” (Working title of dissertation: Between Architecture, Space and Race—Black Geographies in American Metropolises)

3.15 p.m. Coffee Break

3.30 p.m. PhD Candidate Presentation and Discussion

Chair: Erika Mikó (TU Dortmund University) Kathrin Muschalik (Ruhr-University Bochum): “The Rodney King Incident in Language” (Working Title of Dissertation: The Rodney King Incident and Race Relations in Los Angeles during the 1990s)

4.30 p.m. Final Statements and Wrap-up


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