Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Call for Applications: Vienna Summer School in Urban Studies on "Right to the City: Appropriations of Public Spaces in Transition“, Monday 30th June to Monday 7th July 2014 in Vienna

The Department of Geography and Spatial Research at the University of Vienna in cooperation with the Graduate Center at the City University New York will be hosting the first Vienna Summer School in Urban Studies from Monday 30th June to Monday 7th July 2014 in Vienna.

The Summer School will deal with the topic of „Right to the City: Appropriations of Public Spaces in Transition”

Urban public spaces are constantly changing and highly contested territories. The fields of action that have to be considered when analysing urban public spaces range from the impact of global trends like neoliberalism on new urban policies, to everyday appropriations at the local level. The relationship between macro trends and micro scale actions manifests itself in ongoing transition processes, located in urban public spaces which are both spaces of differences and arenas of interaction.
The Vienna Summer School in Urban Studies will focus on two key questions:
1) Who has a right to the city and the production and consumption of its public spaces?
2) Who is excluded from this right and why?

We are welcoming applications from Master and PhD Students from different research fields with a focus on Urban Studies.
Please send your applications until April 30th, 2014 to:
More information on the Summer School and details on the application procedure can be found on our website:

Opening Event:
The Opening Event of the Summer School on Monday, June 30th 2014 starting at 4 PM is open to the public and will take place at the Kleiner Festsaal, Main Building of the University of Vienna. All are warmly invited to join the talks as well as the following plenary discussion and reception:

Why Interdisciplinary Comparative Urban Research?
Welcome Address, Vienna Summer School in Urban Studies 2014
Heinz Fassmann, University of Vienna, Austria (Host)

Creating New Spaces for the Public
John Mollenkopf, City University New York, United States (Co-Partner)
Public Spaces in Transition: What's going on in Vienna?
Andreas Trisko, City of Vienna, Austria

For organisational reasons, we kindly ask you to register for the opening event by sending an Email to:
Further lecturers include:
Yvonne Franz (Austrian Academy of Sciences) || Joshua Grigsby (University of Vienna) ||
Joseph Heathcott (The New School, New York City) || Christiane Hintermann (Austrian Academy of Sciences) || Sabine Knierbein (TU Vienna) ||Elke Krasny (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna) ||
Claire Lévy-Vroelant (Université Paris 8) || Markus Vogl (University of Stuttgart) ||
Ingo Warnke (University of Bremen) || Susana Zapke (Konservatorium Vienna)
Please circulate this information among your networks and interested students.

The Vienna Summer School of Urban Studies Team
Applied Geography, Spatial Research and Spatial Planning
Department of Geography and Regional Research
University of Vienna
Universitaetsstraße 7, 5th floor
1010 Vienna

Phone: +43-1-4277-48608

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