Link: TISS 280.422

SE Seminar / Semester hours: 2.0 / ECTS 3.0

Aim of the Course

The Seminar is offered to doctoral students and advanced master students in urban studies („Stadtforschung“) and related discplines, with the overall aim of providing an opportunity for the participants to discuss their thesis projects as additional support in the development of their research theories and methods. The course is organized through informal group discussions of the students‘ research projects. In particular, the seminar aims to help the students critically review, clarify, and receive constructive feedback on their own research projects, their aims, objectives, concepts and methods; learn about a range of theories and methods in urban research; develop the capacity for and engage in critical assessment of similar research projects; develop a friendly and supportive group of researchers who can benefit from knowing about each other’s work during the seminars and even afterwards.

Contemporary urban theory has developed apace over the last decade to consider the complex urban processes and issues that have risen as a result of globalisation, diversification of the economy, socio-demographic shifts, neo liberal political agendas, migration and growing concerns around the environment amongst many other salient issues. Urban studies now concerns itself also with new theoretical agendas which focus on questions of theorizing everday life and discussing emerging epistemologies of collective acts of appropriation of (public) urban space. The seminar will have a particular emphasis on urban culture and public space, but contributions on other subjects are eligible. Master and doctoral students at any stage of their work from architecture, spatial planning, and more widely from social sciences, humanities and the arts, who are researching into urban issues are welcome to attend.

Subject of the Course

The seminars will be interactive, delivered through several concentrated blocks in the winter semester. After a general introduction and depending on the number of attending students, each participant will be allocated a 30-minutes slot, in which his/her work is discussed in the group by the seminar tutors and other students. The students will prepare a text of 4-6 pages about their research and upload it on the course website at least one week in advance, so that the tutors and fellow students can read it in preparation for the session. In their allocated slot, the students first present their work (approx. 10 minutes), describing the subject of their research, their aims and objectives, their theoretical framework, their research methodology, and the results of their work so far. Students will be expected also to relate their research to contemporary urban theory through selected readings from the designated course text. The tutors and fellow students will then engage in a discussion about these points with the students, helping to clarify and develop the concepts and methods of the research project. The nature of the seminars is developmental, designed to help the students with constructive feedback. Furthermore, the students will benefit from the range of issues that are covered and discussed. The development of a friendly group atmosphere is an essential part of the course, and so it is important that all participants attend all the sessions and engage in supportive discussion of one another’s work.

Additional Information

The seminar will be held in blocked format on the following dates:

7th October 2015

U1_ 11am Guest Lecture CoVVP 17.1; Urbanize Festivalzentrale, Marxergasse 1, 1030 Vienna
U2_ 2:45pm Guest Lecture CoVVP 17.2; Urbanize Festivalzentrale, Marxergasse 1, 1030 Vienna

8th October 2015

U3_ 11am KickOff Meeting (Sabine/ Nikolai); Seminar room 1, Karlsgasse 13/1
U4_ 2pm Student presentations 1+2 (Nikolai/Sabine); Seminar room Argentinierstraße, Argentinierstraße 8
U5_ 4pm Urban Studies Input (Nikolai); Seminar room Argentinierstraße, Argentinierstraße 8

11th November 2015

U6_ 9am Urban Studies Input (Sabine); Seminar room 233, Gußhausstraße 28-30
U7_ 11am Guest Lecture CoVVP 17.3 (Sabine); Hörsaal 14, main building, Karlsplatz 13
U8_ 2pm Student presentations 4+5 (Nikolai/Sabine); Seminar room 233, Gußhausstraße 28-30
U9_ 3:30pm  Student presentations 5+6 (Nikolai); Seminar room 233, Gußhausstraße 28-30

13th January 2016

U10_ 9am Urban Studies Input 7+8 (Sabine/ Nikolai); Seminar room 233, Gußhausstraße 28-30
U11_ 11am Student presentations 9+10 (Sabine/Nikolai); Seminar room 233, Gußhausstraße 28-30
U12_ 1:30pm Student presentations 11+12 (Nikolai/Sabine); Seminar room 233, Gußhausstraße 28-30

14th January 2016

U13_ 9am Student presentations 13+14 (Sabine/Nikolai); Seminar room Argentinierstraße, Argentinierstraße 8
U14_ 11am Closing and Feedback (Nikolai/Sabine); Seminar room Argentinierstraße, Argentinierstraße 8

The course language is English. Registration is possible until 07.10.2015 via tiss.

Examination modalities

10 minutes presentations, text of 4-6 pages about their research.

Criteria for Evaluation: Deepness of analysis, engagement in the discussions, reflection and self-reflection, creating an own position, ability to take criticism.