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Free Riding Rio: Protest, Public Transport and the Politics of a Footboard

Kemmer, Laura (2020-05-14)

This article explores the political quality of relations between residents and urban materiality. Against a background of mass protests against transit fare increases in major Brazilian cities, and the violent infrastructural transformations of post‐Olympic Rio de Janeiro, I show how the four‐year suspension of a central city tramline has led to the emergence of new forms of urban collectivity....

Claiming Marseille metropolis. A diachronic study on urban representation and metropolitanism in (post-)colonial Marseille, 1906 and 2013

de Saussure, Marlène (2020)

In this dissertation, I conduct a diachronic comparative study of the concept the “metropolis” in Marseille. I focus on two metropolitan moments: first, the image of Marseille as the “colonial metropole” of the French Colonial Empire at the turn of the twentieth century. Second, the conception of the metropolis “Aix-Marseille-Provence” in a post-colonial era of the early twenty-first century. H...

Heterogeneous waters in the city

Arrieta Narváez, Andrea Marcela (2019)

The pact between municipal governments and citizens in supplying water follows a model dating back to the 19th and early 20th centuries during a time of unprecedented growth of modern cities and promises to urban sanitation. Historically, water as a public service has been contingent on the status of urban populations as rightful citizens. However, beyond this modern ideal of a universal and de...

The Places Where Community Is Practiced

Steigemann, Anna (2019-02)

In this open access publication, the social cohesion of urban neighborhoods and their residents is examined, which is often viewed as vulnerable since increased mobility, individualization, wider socio-economic and demographic changes have fundamentally altered the basis for everyday social interaction in urban neighborhoods. Anna Steigemann gives scholarly attention to the concrete places wher...

Assembling the multitude: questions about agency in the urban environment

Brantz, Dorothee (2017)

In recent years, urban history has witnessed an expansion of actors. Historians have substantially and continuously extended their perspectives when it comes to examining the forces that drive urban developments. This expansion to an ever-broader range of human and increasingly also non-human actors (e.g. animals, technological systems and resources such as water) has opened up many new venues ...

[Book review:] Marion Roberts & Adam Eldridge, Planning the Night-time City, London : Routledge, 2009

Vogelpohl, Anne (2011)


[Book Review:] The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy: Global Perspectives, edited by Carl Grodach and Daniel Silver, London: Routledge, 2012

Novy, Johannes (2013)

Urban cultural policy is one of those elusive terms for which there seems to be no definitive definition. An understanding of what urban cultural policy is and does is not only made ambiguous by the complex character of the notion of culture itself but also by the fact that it is often difficult to demarcate cultural policy as a distinct policy domain. Cultural policy’s boundaries cannot simply...


Funck, Marcus ; Reif, Heinz (2003)

With this volume, the European Association of Urban Historians (EAUH) introduces itself for the first time to American readers and includes some of the results of its Fifth International Conference, which took place in August/ September 2000 in Berlin. The EAUH was founded in 1989 by English, Dutch, Belgian, and French historians. The focus of its activities is the International Conference on U...

Manfred Kuttner (1937-2007) - Farbe flieg

Sense, Sabine (2018)

Die wichtigste Fragestellung dieser Dissertation lautet: Welches war Manfred Kuttners künstlerischer Beitrag in der 2. Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts? Die Antwort heißt: Manfred Kuttner trug wesentlich zu der „Erfindung“ der Abstraktion in der bildenden Kunst der Epoche der Nachkriegsmoderne bei. („Die Erfindung der Abstraktion“ lautet der Titel der vorletzten Gemeinschaftsausstellung, an der Manf...

Identities in transit

Merrill, Samuel (2015)

This article analyses urban railway infrastructures as landscapes in order to reveal their role as constructions and constructors of collective and individual identities. It does this by introducing the notion of 'identities in transit', a rhetorical category that problematises the tendency to consider the nexus of urban infrastructure and identity formation only during discrete moments and in ...