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16. June 2023

Pokémon Go – When the cemetery becomes a playground

Dr. Eric Lettkemann

CRC 1265 researcher Eric Lettkemann unravels the intriguing dynamics between digital technology and public spaces. Uncovering contrasting approaches to the of hybrid reality game Pokémon Go, from cemetery bans in Germany to seamless integration in Tokyo, he discusses the social implications and future challenges of such locative media as we navigate an evolving world where the digital of physical increasingly overlap.

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5. May 2023

Climate Adaptation Is an Art of Survival

Prof. Dr. Ignacio Farías | Dr. Brenda Strohmaier

CRC 1265 Project leader Ignacio Farías in conversation with Brenda Strohmaier Cities and city dwellers not only contribute significantly to global warming, but they are also particularly affected by it. Using Stuttgart and the Japanese city of Fukuoka as examples, subproject C05 investigates how this very knowledge reaches the work of scientists, urban planners and politicians, and how it is being translated into concrete measures. Project leader Ignacio Farías, Professor of Urban Anthropology at Humboldt University, explains how a social science analysis serves survival in a broken world.

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6. January 2023

“Are you on this side too?”

Sung Un Gang | Dr. Brenda Strohmaier

In the South Korean metropole of Seoul, queer people have been increasingly pushing their way into the public sphere for more than two decades. The Seoul Queer Culture Festival, for example, has made it to the forecourt of the city hall against quite a bit of resistance, and the first neighborhood pride event took place in the Mapo district in 2022. Sung Un Gang, a member of subproject B03, is interested in such space-appropriating changes in the LGBTQ movement. He is not only interested in already well-documented processes, but also in how queer people create new spaces and recode old ones through quite mundane everyday actions.

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29. October 2021

The Way of the Bikerni: Women and Motorbikes in Urban India

Maddalena Chiellini

Delhi is considered a dangerous city when it comes to women’s mobility. Episodes of violence like the bus gang-rape of 2012 are a symptom of a city inscribed with gender inequality, especially in relation to accessing public space. In this contribution, I explore the experiences and relationship with mobility of the members of a ladies-only motorcycle club, the Bikerni. By looking at their hardships and successes, this blog post aims to convey how biking is a conflagration point for more than just patriarchal relations of power.

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9. June 2020

Jenseits der geschlossenen Türen. Alltag in Korea in Zeiten von Corona

Kayoon Kim

"Ich bin die 'Fremde', die 'heute kommt und morgen bleibt.' (Simmel, 1992: 764). In Zeiten der Corona-Krise fühle ich mich als Südkoreanerin in Deutschland noch fremder, doch gleichzeitig fühle ich mich als in Deutschland lebende Südkoreanerin auch fremd, wenn ich mit meinen Freunden in Korea kommuniziere." Kayoon Kim berichtet über den unterschiedlichen Umgang mit Corona in Südkorea und Deutschland.

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12. March 2020

“Saizeriya, tapioca or Niku Sushi?” – a plea for the culinary-focused auto-ethnography

Dr. Eric Lettkemann

As Shmuel Eisenstadt notes in his work Japanese Civilization, the Land of the Rising Sun has a special attraction for comparative sociology. For Japanese society combines an - from a Western point of view - exotic culture and a highly technological civilization that has made and continues to make its own way into modernity.

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27. November 2019

Seoul Biennale 2019

Dr. Timothy Pape | Dr. Dominik Bartmanski | Seonju Kim

Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2019 has been commenced on the 7th of September with the official title “Collective City”. It consists of multiple exhibits grouped within five different platforms: Thematic Exhibition, Cities Exhibition, Public Programs, Live Projects and Global Studio, each of which represents a variety of urban planning projects from around the world. The aim is to create a space for communication and engagement of the public in the development of their cities. New collective phenomena and strategies of participation in the socio-urban dynamics of the city are presented.

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16. August 2019

Von Zeichen und Räumen. Die Reise nach Seoul

Prof. Dr. Hubert Knoblauch

Prof. Dr. Hubert Knoblauch (TU Berlin) schildert in diesem Beitrag seine Eindrücke, die er während eines Feldaufenthalts in Südkorea (9.-16.4.2019) sammeln konnte.

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