In 2019 CUS, together with the Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity (ACHI), launched a Joint Seed Grant that aims to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue between urban scholars in the humanities and in the social sciences, and to stimulate original research in the field of Urban Studies. Find below a list of the awarded Joint Seed Grants by the Centre for Urban Studies and the Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage.
Awarded to Rivke Jaffe, Kasia Mika and Janna Coomans
In recent years, social sciences such as geography and anthropology have witnessed an “infrastructural turn”, focusing on roads, electricity networks, sewage systems and so on to understand how these sociotechnical systems distribute people, resources and risks across space. Meanwhile, research in the humanities - specifically history and cultural studies - has similarly begun to study the uses and meanings of such architectures of circulation, engaging with infrastructure as an important lens for understanding urban life across different historical and cultural contexts. This “playshop” aims to generate an interdisciplinary conversation within the UvA between such scholars working on urban infrastructures who oftentimes work in parallel scholarly and disciplinary spaces.