Blog | Urban

10. February 2023

Real Estate Fata Morganas: Cairo’s Urban Futures as an intersectional Mirage

Mennatullah Hendawy | Prof. Jörg Stollmann

This blogpost uses the phenomenon of the fata morgana – mirage – to illustrate the dynamics of real estate advertisements for exclusive housing developments in Cairo. In doing so, we investigate some of the ways in which public media and advertising create a display of the urban that does not reflect the lived social, spatial, and economic reality of the majority of the population. At the same time, this urban visual is produced and shaped by the intersectional dynamics of embedded societal norms.

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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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2. December 2022

“My City is a Battleground – Intersectionality and Urban Violence” | The CRC 1265’s 4th international conference

Lucie Bernroider

On 20th-21st of October the CRC 1265 held its fourth international conference, this year titled “My City is a Battleground – Intersectionality and Urban Violence”. After two years of COVID restrictions, we could finally meet in person again, which in itself provided a cause for celebration as participants pleased to mingle with new as well as familiar faces. This year’s theme followed up on the CRC’s interest in socio-spatial conflicts, looking at the way intersectional tensions accompany processes of urban spatial refiguration. Taking its inspiration from decades of research on social inequality, class struggles, migration, violence as well as from intersectional feminist work, the conference turned its attention to intersectional experiences of violence and the way conflicts manifest intersectionally in and through urban space.

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25. November 2022

Aesthetics of Resistance: The Ways of Spatializing Women’s Ecological Struggle in Turkey

Özden Senem Erol

The environmental movement of Turkey has three decades of history. A culture of resistance was transferred from the first women's ecological resistance that attracted attention in the Bergama peasant movement to today's struggling women.[1] One of the areas of resistance discussed in this article is the Mount Ida (Kazdağları) Resistance, which is one of the most reported ecological struggles in the press in recent years in Turkey. [2]  Global companies came to this significant area, within the borders of Turkey's Marmara and Aegean regions, to search for gold with cyanide and destroy some regions with the state's approval. Resistance temporarily stopped the destruction and cutting of trees in the area.

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18. November 2022

Who are these people who control the internet?

Dr. René Tuma | Dr. Brenda Strohmaier

Access to the internet has long been considered as essential as water and electricity supply; the UN declared online communication a human right several years ago. But despite its enormous social importance, not much is known about the administrative infrastructure behind it, i.e. who exactly controls the infrastructure of the net and what kind of ideas guide them. The subproject B02 “Control/Space” wants to change that, as project member René Tuma explains.

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28. October 2022

Who owns Furuset? – Local spatial strategies in the face of anti-Muslim agitations

Carsten Schuerhoff

The far-right and anti-Muslim organization SIAN has repeatedly staged demonstrations as well as public Qu’ran-burnings in Norwegian cities in recent years. In August 2020, the organization held a demonstration at the Furuset center, which includes a subway station, a shopping center, a branch of the city library and the district administration. Furuset is part of and the central place in Alna municipal district in Oslo. In this area the population is shaped by migration, religious diversity, and socio-economic challenges. This blog post discusses how local people reacted to the demonstration and how, in the process, local identities and spaces were intersectionally negotiated, defended, and created.

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30. September 2022

Sozialer Aufstieg aus einem „Problemviertel“: die komplexen Erfahrungen von ehemaligen Bewohner*innen stigmatisierter Nachbarschaften

Anthony Miro Born

Aufbauend auf eine Auswahl biographischer Interviews skizziert dieser Blogbeitrag, inwiefern die Konsequenzen territorialer Stigmatisierungsprozesse ungleich erlebt werden. Die Gespräche mit ehemaligen Bewohner*innen symbolisch abgewerteter Nachbarschaften betonen das Wechselspiel mit anderen Dimensionen sozialer Ungleichheit (insbesondere der ethnischen Herkunft) – und verdeutlichen, weshalb ein intersektionales Verständnis bei der Analyse behilflich ist.

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6. August 2022

“It is not possible to study space without exchanging ideas” — An Interview with CRC 1265 guest researcher Olena Kononenko on her life and research in Kyjiw and Berlin

Olena Kononenko

Olena Kononenko has been a guest researcher at the CRC 1265 since mid-May 2022. With Lucie Bernroider and Sarah Etz, she spoke about Kyjiw’s past, present and future, similarities and differences between Kyjiw and Berlin, her experiences at the CRC 1265 and her hopes for future returns – to both Kyjiw and Berlin.

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