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Comparative urbanism has been proposed as an important way of both interrogating the generalizability of urban theory and attending to specific cultural and historical contexts. This seminar focuses on marginality as an analytical lens, and asks how this concept might aid the comparison of geographically, historically, and culturally diverse contexts.

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Date 8 March 2018
Time 15:00 - 17:00
Location Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D (entrance B/C)
Room Location: Room B3.09
Critical Comparative Urbanism

By bringing perspectives from different regions to bear on a number of central urban themes, the Critical Comparative Urbanism seminar series explores the value of such a comparative approach for our understanding of both specific urban contexts and global urbanisms. Each seminar brings together two speakers with shared thematic expertise based on urban cases from different regions. The speakers in this seminar will focus on marginality. 

During the seminar, both speakers present their research on marginality in one specific urban case study. Afterwards, they enter into a dialogue with eachother and the audience to explore the conceptual and practical (im)possibilities of comparison between, and theorization through, different urban cases.


Fenne Pinkster is an Urban Geographer working at the department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies of the University of Amsterdam. She is interested in the geography of everyday life in cities and the ways in which the lives of residents are affected by - and also contribute to - macro-processes of polarization, segregation and fragmentation of urban space.

Tahire Erman is professor at Bilkent University, Department of Political Science, Ankara, Turkey. Her research interests include informal housing, ethnography, place-making and neoliberal urban restructuring. She contributed to Environment and Planning A; IJURR; Urban Studies; City & Community; Gender & Society; Gender, Place and Culture; Women's Studies International Forum; Environment and Behavior; and Habitat International. She was awarded, in 2001, the 'Donald Robertson Memorial Prize' for the best paper published in Urban Studies.


The seminar is free and open to anyone. Please let us know if you are coming by sending an e-mail using the button below or email to

Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D (entrance B/C)

Room Location: Room B3.09

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam