Urban Studies Seed Grants XL for promising initiatives
This academic year, the Centre for Urban Studies launched – in addition to the regular Seed Grants – a special round of Seed Grants XL.
The Seed Grant XL call serves to support and facilitate bigger and innovative research initiatives of CUS’ research staff, both permanent and temporary (PhDs, Post Docs) which cannot be realized within the budget of a regular Seed Grant (2.500 EURO). A maximum of up to 10.000 EURO per Seed Grant XL has been awarded to the following projects:
1. “Cities and Mobilities”
Submitted by: Anna Nikolaeva
“Cities and Mobilities” is a series of seminars in which (inter)national researchers with a background in sociology, geography, urban planning, anthropology, history and cultural studies are engaged to investigate how mobility shapes cities. Each seminar consists of a lecture by a leading mobility scholar, a discussion and a couple of presentations by PhDs and Postdocs, followed by feedback and a public debate. The seminar series will run from October 2017 until May 2018, closed by a final event that will bring together scholars and Amsterdam policy-makers in a roundtable on mobility in Amsterdam.
2. “Mortgaged Lives: the Biopolitics of Debt and Home-Ownership”
Submitted by: Maria Kaika
This project aims to develop methods that link political-economic processes that drive the financialisation of housing to the socio-spatial experience of living with mortgage debt and home repossessions.
With Barcelona (300,000 Spanish homes repossessed) and Athens (300,000 Greek households pending evictions) as laboratories, the project pilots an innovative research method for data sourcing by organizing a community theatre and making a documentary together with Hans Busstra, Independent documentary filmmaker (EO, KRO, VPRO Tegenlicht). The documentary will be screened during a public event autumn 2017.