2016-2017: Urban World-Making

2016-2017: Urban World-Making

Announcing the 2016-2017 Cities Seminar topic “Urban World-Making”. In this seminar series, we will explore processes of world-making in relation to the production of urban environments and in creative, cultural and political practices under conditions of globalization.

2015-2016: Visualizing the Street

2015-2016: Visualizing the Street

Announcing the 2015-2016 Cities Seminar topic “Visualizing the Street”. In this seminar series, we will explore the impact of new technologies and cultures of image-making on contemporary practices of visualizing the street.

Amsterdam Creative City: Summer School 2015

Amsterdam Creative City: Summer School 2015

Organized by the ASCA Cities Project, this intensive summer course uses Amsterdam as a living laboratory to explore the relationship between creativity, cities, and globalization. Scholarships available for international students.

2014-2015: Spectral Cities

2014-2015: Spectral Cities

This seminar explores to what extent – and in what ways – spectrality is a relevant and productive concept within contemporary urban studies. How can spectrality – and related concepts such as vacancy, absence, ruination, trauma, and disembodiment – help us to understand the culture and transformation of cities under conditions of globalization?

2013-2014: Global Garbage

2013-2014: Global Garbage

This seminar explores the many ways in which garbage – in its diverse forms and articulations – is being produced, managed, experienced, imagined, circulated, concealed, and aestheticized in contemporary urban environments and across different creative and cultural practices.

2012-2013: Rhythms in/and/of the City

2012-2013: Rhythms in/and/of the City

This seminar combined sessions on the concept of ‘intrinsic logic of cities’, rhythm and hospitality in Marc Isaac’s “Lift”, postcolonial ruins of Hong Kong, music and sexuality in post-Soviet St. Petersburg, soundscape theory in urban studies, creative practices of slowness in global cities, Hip Hop’s rise in the South Bronx,…

2011-2012: New Urban Aesthetics

2011-2012: New Urban Aesthetics

This seminar combined sessions on the “mediacity” as everyday culture, film festivals and cultural policies, peripheral visions of the city, cities and affect, cities and mobility, creative cities, urban film and China,…

2010-2011: New Directions in Urbanism

2010-2011: New Directions in Urbanism

This seminar combined sessions on the use of Actor Network Theory in urban studies, utopia and critical urban theory, smart cities, creativity and Asian cities,…