Awarded Seed Grants XL
In 2017, the Centre for Urban Studies started with its Seed Grant XL programme, in addition to the regular Seed Grants. The Seed Grant XL call serves to support and facilitate bigger and innovative research initiatives of CUS’ research staff, which cannot be realized within the budget of a regular Seed Grant. This a complete list of all the Awarded Seed Grants XL by the Centre for Urban Studies.
“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.
“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.