Social and Cultural Geography

Our group traces the transformation of cities and urban societies from a socio-cultural perspective: We explore urban space as an arena for the construction of social relations and divisions; we document how people navigate urban space, negotiate difference and shape possibilities; and we examine how such negotiations are patterned by socio-spatial divisions, politico-economic relations and power at multiple scales. In particular, the social and cultural geography group develops research on urban marginalization, global socio-spatial inequalities and possibilities for urban change. We incorporate different theoretical perspectives including postcolonial approaches, critical urban theories and feminist thought to explore case studies across the global North and South.

News

  • Ifigeneia Dimitrakou discussed with Coraline Celiker about the politics of interim use in the context of the evacuation of the Koch Areal and the mobilization of the squatting scene in Zurich.

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  • Lecture on "Engaging Comparative Urbanism: Art Biennials in Dakar and Taipei”

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  • Conference roundtables on the implications of the decolonial turn at University of Lausanne

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  • Between Activism and Academia Research: Justice in Unequal Cities:

    An event organized by urban publics Zürich (upZ) on Tuesday, 11 October 2022

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