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In 2017-2018 the Centre for Urban Studies will host a seminar series “Cities and Mobilities”, organised by Anna Nikolaeva. The aim of the seminar series is to develop a conversation on how mobilities shape cities as well as to foster exchange and collaboration between scholars from different disciplines and practitioners working on different dimensions of urban mobilities (from migration and tourism to daily commutes) at UvA and beyond.

Fietsen Rijksmuseum
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At each seminar a leading scholar will give a lecture and provide feedback to 2-3 presentations by selected junior scholars (PhDs or postdocs). There will be room for discussion and networking for the audience as well. The series of seminars will close by two events in May 2018 – a roundtable with the city of Amsterdam and an academic afternoon where interested participants of the series (audience and presenters) will gather once again to brainstorm a research agenda on cities and mobilities.

All seminars are free to attend and open to anyone, but please register by sending an e-mail to Iris van der Doelen ( at least two weeks before a seminar.

Call for Presenters

At the moment we are searching for junior scholars, PhDs and postdocs, wishing to present their work for feedback during the seminar. Please send an abstract of 300 words by 6 October to Iris van der Doelen: Topics relevant to the subject of the lecture are preferable, yet presentations speaking to the broader works of the guest speaker are welcome. Non-UvA scholars are encouraged to apply but unfortunately are not provided with the funds to travel to Amsterdam.


27 October 2017

Tim Cresswell, Trinity College, Hartford: “Maxwell Street: Writing and Thinking Mobility and Place in a Chicago Market”


17 November 2017


15 December 2017

Jennie Germann Molz, College of the Holy Cross: “Sharing the City: Tourism Mobilities, Network Hospitality, and the Politics of Scale”


2 February 2017 

Tim Schwanen, University of Oxford: "Transitions in Urban Mobility Beyond State and Market: Insights from London and São Paulo”


23 February 2018

Rachel Aldred, University of Westminster: “Mobility and social movements”

16 March 2018 

Ole B. Jensen, Aalborg University: “Staging and designing mobilities”


20 April 2018 

Mimi Sheller, Drexel University: “Mobility Justice”


Time and Location

The seminars will take place on Roeterseiland campus between 13.30 and 17.15 with drinks afterwards. Each seminar will consist of two parts:  presentations from approximately 13.30 to 15.20 and the guest lecture and debate from 15.40-17.15 If you sign up, you will receive details on location and the schedule.