“Seeing like a state and the reproduction of urban inequalities”, HU Berlin, 23-24 & 30-31 May 2016


The Department of Urban and Regional Sociology and the Georg Simmel Institute for Metropolitan Research are glad to invite you to join a series of workshops and lectures entitled “Seing Like a State and the (Re-)Production of Urban Inequalities”, which is taking place on May, 23rd-24th and May, 30th-31st at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

The concept of “seeing like a state” (Scott 1998) refers to a core debate in urban sociology on inequalities regarding the tension between institutional categorizations and the informal processes that are not recognized by the state. With this series we want to broaden the picture and deliver a comparative analysis of urban settings in the Global South and North, by facilitating forms of cooperation with other scholars dealing with the concept of “seeing like a state” and related theories.

During the lectures, international experts will help illuminate how the institutionalized perspective from above and the collective modes of agency from below affect urban housing dynamics. During the workshops, students and practitioners will have the possibility to discuss their research and projects with the speakers.

To download the call for participation: Kosmos Dialogues 2016

**Please find below the instructions to register for one or both workshops. The deadline for registration is May 8th 2016.**


Mon, 23.05.2016, 18:00-20:00
Think & Drink Colloquium (public lecture)
Urban Warfare: The Colonization of Housing and Urban Land by Finance
Raquel Rolnik (University of São Paulo)

Tue, 24.05.2016, 9:00-15:30
Workshop #1 with:
Raquel Rolnik (University of São Paulo)
Claudio Sopranzetti (University of Oxford)

Mon, 30.05.2016, 18:00-20:00
Think & Drink Colloquium (public lecture)
Seeing Beyond the State:
State and Non-State Actors in the Governance of Social Policies in São Paulo, Brazil
Renata Bichir (University of São Paulo)

Tue, 31.05.2016, 9:00-15:30
Workshop #2 with:
Renata Bichir (University of São Paulo)
Shanana Chattaraj (University of Oxford)
AbdouMaliq Simone (Max Planck Institute)

The Workshops:

The workshops aim to facilitate the interaction between professional scholars and students of different levels and disciplines as well as practitioners and everyone interested. The participation in the workshops is free, lunch and coffee breaks will be included. Unfortunately we cannot provide travel or accomodation bursaries.

Applying to the Workshops:

Due to limited spaces available, we ask interested participants to send an email to: kosmos.dialogue2016@gmail.com.
Please specify the following information in your email: your topic of interest, if you would like to present your work and if you intend to attend both or only one of the workshops. In order to provide enough time for discussion, we ask the participants to limit their presentation to a maximum of 10 minutes.
The deadline for registration is May 8th 2016.


The Think & Drink Colloquium will take place at the Institute for Social Sciences, Universitätsstraße 3b, 10117 Berlin, room 002 (near S+U Friedrichstraße). The workshops will take place at the Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies, Mohrenstraße 41, 10117 Berlin, conference room.

For further information, please write an email to: kosmos.dialogue2016@gmail.com.

We are very excited about our programme and the line-up of speakers and we look forward to seeing many of you there.

The Kosmos Dialogue Team
Stefania Animento, Sascha Facius, Claudio Marcelo Garcia de Araujo, Gloria Goulart da Silva Campos