Category: city

Transfers: Öffentliches Erforschen der Stadt mit den Münchner Kammerspielen

What is the City? Was macht unsere Stadt aus? Wer bestimmt die kommenden Entwicklungen? Welche Handlungsspielräume bleiben uns? Diese Fragen untersuchen die Münchner Kammerspiele gemeinsam mit Künstler*innen und Akteur*innen des kulturellen und gesellschaften Lebens im Rahmen mehrer Forschungsresidenzen. Gisela Mackenroth hat die hieraus entstandene Performance “Mimetic Bodies in Public Space” aus soziologischer Perspektive kommentiert. Mit Bezügen auf philosophische, künstlerische und ethnographische Ausrichtungen der Stadtforschung arbeitet sie heraus, wie die Performance zu konkreten Formen öffentlichen und kollektiven Forschens in der Stadt anregt. Der Text ist hier online verfügbar.

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Video documentation of the discussion: Feminist cross-movement alliances

During the discussion on May 24, 2022 we were gathering different local and translocal experiences with cross-movement alliances driven by queer-feminist initiatives.First, the activists from Bulgaria, Spain, Switzerland and France were bringing in reports on queer-feminist interventions in social struggles within their local contexts. We were talking about queer-feminist protest against neoliberal reforms of social services, as well as queer-feminist initiatives for social housing and opposition against nationalist, right wing politics. Second, we were getting to know the transnational feminist network “Essential Autonomous Struggles Transnational” (EAST). We were learning more about EAST’s queer-feminist approach to connect social struggles of migrants, care workers, women and LGBTQI-communities on a transnational level.

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Corporate Landlords – Research and Action

Corporate Landlords – Research and Action. Retrospect on a workshop in Bochum Between the 22nd and 24th of April, 2022, a workshop on Corporate Landlords was organized in Bochum, Germany, by activist-researchers from different countries and activist struggle backgrounds, with the aim of discussing, sharing, and developing knowledge about financial actors such as private equity firms, institutional investors and asset...

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Earthcare Fieldcast: Episode 6

In this episode we speak with Amaranta Herrero, an ecofeminist sociologist and agricultural engineer who is currently coordinator of the Barcelona 2030 Sustainable Food Strategy and works for the Barcelona Strategic Metropolitan Plan of Barcelona City Council. Cities are where vast amounts of food are consumed and discarded, but how may we think food production and distribution from the viewpoint of the city?

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Tage der Wiedereröffnung: Weimar und die Normalität

Zum 3. Oktober 2021 unternimmt das Weimarer Bürgerradio “Radio Lotte” einen Streifzug durch Weimar und erkundet die Veränderungen in der Stadt nach der Pandemie. Georg Gräser besucht in seinem Magazin Sozialarbeiter*innen, Goldschmied*innen, Kleingärtner*innen, die Weimarer Fridays for Future und viele weitere Menschen und Initiativen, die ein aktives Leben in der Stadt auszeichnen. Die gegenwärtige Stimmung in der Stadt wird mit Stimmen unmittelbar nach der Wiedervereinigung collagiert. Für das Magazin wurde auch das Forschungsprojekt MovE gefragt, wie soziale Bewegungen die Pandemie erlebt haben.

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Documentation: Learning and Struggling in Pandemic times

The pandemic, like other unfolding and coming ecological crises, profoundly reshapes the terrain upon which social movements operate and emerge. We held a workshop in order to discuss different terrains of struggle over housing, reproductive rights, and ecology. Here we are allocating recordings of the talks and of the discussion on May 21st as well as further reflections on the workshop on May 22nd.

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Workshops and movement learning spaces in Pandemic Times

Commentary on the workshop “Learning and Struggling in Pandemic Times”.

Time and space seemed to have become somewhat warped since the beginning of the pandemic. Personally, I often get struck by a feeling of paralysis when I think about our collective struggles and organizing efforts during the pandemic, almost like being frozen in time and waiting for things to change from the outside. This newly learned and shared pandemic vulnerability meant for most of us to reduce our real life encounters and therefore find new ways to connect, meet and organize…

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Care and unconditional solidarity in the struggle for the right to housing.

Commentary on the Workshop “Learning and Struggling in Pandemic Times. Available in German and French.

Die Erfahrungen von Organizing im Wohnumfeld und die Erfahrung der Pandemie (die uns auf unser Wohnumfeld zurückgeworfen hat) können Grundlage dafür sein, ein Bewusstsein für informell geleistete Care-Arbeit zu schaffen und neue solidarische Formen von Care-Arbeit zu leben und zu erkämpfen…

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Organizing with tenants and fighting rightist resentments

Through two neighborhood case studies in the rapidly upgrading East German city of Leipzig we discuss political implications of urban restructuring. Scrutinizing tenants’ rightist and racist reactions to the housing question, we argue that residential alienation affects people’s sense of place in a divisive manner, which in turn impacts both their interpretations of urban change and their respective practices. Based on our analyses of scapegoating and territorial stigma, we critically discuss the potential of activist intervention, drawing from two qualitative and ethnographic research projects, as well as activist experience in neighbourhood organizing.

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