KTH Stockholm & TU Wien Visiting Professors 2019

Nir Cohen (Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography & Environment, Bar Ilan University) and Henrik Lebuhn (Assistant Professor in Urban and Regional Sociology, Humboldt-University of Berlin) are the KTH Stockholm & TU Wien Visiting Professors 2019 in the field of 'Urban Citizenship. Public Space, Post-Migrational Perspectives and Civic Innovation'. Together with Assoc.Prof. Dr. Sabine Knierbein, Univ.Ass. Angelika Gabauer MA & Project Ass. DI Judith Lehner the Visiting Professors are involved in research and teaching activities. 
A detailed overview of current courses is available here.


KNIERBEIN, S. und VIDERMAN, T (2018 Routledge)

Public Space Unbound: Urban Emancipation and the Post-Political Condition.

Through an exploration of emancipation in capitalist urbanization, this book argues the political is enacted through the everyday practices of publics producing space. This suggests democracy is a spatial practice co-constituted by residents, places and practices rather than an abstract professional field organizing people and movements.

Public Space Unbound brings together a cross-disciplinary group of scholars to examine spaces, conditions and processes in which emancipatory practices impact the everyday life of citizens. We ask: How do emancipatory mo(ve)ments relate with public space under ‘post-political conditions’? In a time when democracy, solidarity and utopia are in crisis, is it still productive to claim future progress by urban revolution, or shall we rather look at small emancipatory mo(ve)ments that characterize present everyday life?

Ankündigung von Routledge

HOU, J. und KNIERBEIN, S. (2017 Routledge)
City Unsilenced: Urban resistance and public space in the age of shrinking democracy.

What do the recent urban resistance tactics around the world have in common? What are the roles of public space in these movements? What are the implications of urban resistance for the remaking of public space in the "age of shrinking democracy"? To what extent do these resistances move from anti- to alter-politics?

City Unsilenced brings together a cross-disciplinary group of scholars and scholar-activists to examine the spaces, conditions and processes in which neoliberal practices have profoundly impacted the everyday social, economic, and political life of citizens and communities around the globe. They examine the commonalities and specificities of urban resistance movements that respond to those impacts. They focus on how such movements make use of and transform the meanings and capacity of public space. They investigate their ramifications in the continued practices of renewing democracies. A broad collection of cases is presented and analyzed, including Movimento Passe Livre (Brazil), Google Bus Blockades San Francisco (USA), the Platform for Mortgage Affected People (PAH) (Spain), the Piqueteros Movement (Argentina), Umbrella Movement (Hong Kong), post-Occupy Gezi Park (Turkey), Sunflower Movement (Taiwan), Occupy Oakland (USA), Syntagma Square (Greece), 1DMX (Mexico), Miyashita Park Tokyo (Japan), 15-M Movement (Spain), and Train of Hope Vienna (Austria).

By better understanding the processes and implications of the recent urban resistances, City Unsilenced contributes to the ongoing debates concerning the role and significance of public space in the practice of lived democracy and lived space.

Ankündigung von Routledge.

Rezension von Routledge

Interview mit Jeff Hou in UW News.



15. - 16. Jänner 2019   
Trilateral Project Meeting “Geographies of Age” with partners from ETH Wohnforum and KTH Centre for the Future of Places  
17. Jänner 2019  
Thesis Forum "Master" 8:30-9:30am (Seminar Room 268/2)  
21. - 25. Jänner 2019  
Intensive Teaching Block III: Modul 11  
29. Jänner 2019  
Thesis Forum "Doctorate" 8:30-9:30am (Seminar Room 268/2)  
31. Jänner 2019  
Extended submission deadline: Visiting Professorship in Urban Studies 2021: Urban Generations. Public Space, Ageing Society and New Health Conditions  
29. Juli - 7. August 2019  
Organisation Working Group during Summer Academy of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation in Vienna "Local challenges of global urbanization in the 21st century - Actors, dynamics and perspectives" (Prof. Dr. Knierbein/ Prof. Dr. Madanipour)