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On how the proliferation of urban amenities affects the cultural consumption of the new middle classes, and how those processes relate to urban identities, life styles and the urban commons.

Event details of Urban Scene Investigation Workshop
Start date 28 March 2019
End date 29 March 2019
Time 09:00
Location Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D (entrance B/C)
Photo: Tyler Nix / Unsplash

During this two day workshop we will seek answers to the following questions: how do new forms of bridging and bonding emerge, how are membership and status within a scene determined, how do distinct types of scenes (clusters of amenities, spatially and temporally) differentially affect urban development, in which contexts are they embedded, how about the aesthetic and ethical symbolisms and about the political drivers? Also—more generally—what is in the character of a particular scene that speak to broader and more universal themes, notably the maintenance and enhancement of urban commons?


Thursday 28 March

09.30-10.00 Welcome (coffee and tea B.3.02
10.00-10.10 Opening by Luca Bertonlini B.3.02
10.10-10.30 Introduction by Jan Rath B.3.02
10.30-11.15 New urban consumption spaces in gentrifying cities by Lia Karsten B.3.02
11.15-11.30 Coffee break  
  • Imaginaries of urban change among Nouveau Ruig restaurateurs in Amsterdam by Willem Boterman and Wouter van Gent
  • Coffee people in Amsterdam, Glasgow and Tehran by Reza Shaker Ardekani
13.00-14.00 Lunch break B.5.12
  • Exploring Beacon Hill: a physically and symbolically bounded village in the heart of Boston by Emil van Eck
  • Metropolitan Linguistic Diversity in the Process of Neo-Liberal Urbanization and Globalization: An Attempt Towards Contextualization and Re-assessment of the Rise of Pluralistic Print Media in Istanbul from 1990s onwards by Bülent Bilmez
15.30-15.45  Tea break  
  • Contrasting contexts: Latin scenes and their global diffusion by Terry Clark
  • Cafes and cultural placemaking by Hyesun Jeong
18.00-17.30  Dinner Pakhuis de Zwijger
20.00  Public event at Pakhuis de Zwijger  

Friday 29 March

  • Foodscapes, food revolutions: experience, observation, theory by Levent Soysal
  • Brewing a new form of distinctiveness: an analysis of the Berlin craft beer scene by Süheyla Schroeder
11.00-11.30  Coffee break  
  • Governing through pedal power: family cargo bikes in Berlin by Barış Ülker
  • Moralisation and public contestations over commercial gentrification: the figure of the ‘hipster entrepreneur’ in austerity Britain by Elias le Grand
13.00-14.00  Lunch break CREA

 Urban water consumption: Practices, cultures and entanglements by Sophie Watson

15.30-15.45  Tea break  
15.45-17.30  Wrap up and discussion of future plans D.0.01
19.00-22.00 Dinner  Tolhuistuin


Organisation and admission

This workshop - sponsored by a CUS Seed Grant - is organised by Jan Rath and Merel Ursem. The workshop is part of a joint program of action by various international scholars Prof. Süheyla Schroeder (BAU International Berlin), Dr. Barış Ülker (Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technical University Berlin), Prof. Bülent Bilmez (Bilgi University Istanbul), and Prof. Jan Rath (Center for Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam) that seeks to showcase the variety of ways in which the proliferation of middle class life styles and its concomitant cultural consumption affects the urban commons.

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

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam