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and HAAS, T.
(Routledge 2021, forthcoming)

Care and the City -
Encounters with Urban Studies.

Care and the City is a cross-disciplinary collection of chapters examining urban social spaces, in which caring and uncaring practices intersect and shape people’s everyday lives. While asking how care and uncare are embedded in the urban condition, the book focuses on inequalities in caring relations and the ways they are acknowledged, reproduced, and overcome in various spaces, discourses, and practices.

This book provides a pathway for urban scholars to start engaging with approaches to conceptualize care in the city through a critical-reflexive analysis of processes of urbanization. It pursues a systematic integration of empirical, methodological, theoretical, and ethical approaches to care in urban studies, while overcoming a crisis-centered reading of care and the related ambivalences in care debates, practices, and spaces. These strands are elaborated via a conceptual framework of care and situated within broader theoretical debates on cities, urbanization, and urban development with detailed case studies from Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

By establishing links to various fields of knowledge, this book seeks to systematically introduce debates on care to the interconnecting fields of urban studies, planning theory, and related disciplines for the first time.

Announcement by Routledge

KNIERBEIN, S. and 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?

Announcement by Routledge

Review by Nicole Kirchberger in dérive

HOU, J.and KNIERBEIN, S. (2017 Routledge, in print)
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.

Announcement by Routledge.

Review by Routledge

Interview with Jeff Hou in UW News.



28 May - 3 October 2021

21 MAK Vienna Biennale for Change 2021, Museum for Applied Arts, Exhibition, Climate Care: Reimagining Shared Planetary Futures, Participation in collaboration with ETH Case, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. More information.

5 October 2021

Kick Off Meeting: LE Theories of Space in Social Sciences and Humanities. 9-11 am seminar room BA 02B (Campus Getreidemarkt). More information.

5 October 2021

Kick-Off Meeting: VU Right to the City and Spatial Planning: Focus ‘Aging Society'. 2-4 pm, EI 1 Petrisch HS (Gußhausstraße 25-25a). More information.

6 October 2021

Vienna: Still a Just City? Panel Participation by Sabine Knierbien. 08:15 am - 5:30 pm. Main Building, University of Vienna, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna. More information.

7 October 2021

Kick Off Meeting: SE Master/Doctoral Student Thesis Seminar "Urban Studies and Planning Theory". 8:30 am - 12 pm seminar room EBEG-2 (Karlsgasse 11). More information.

14 October 2021

AESOP Thematic Groups Fika: Introducing the Thematic Group Public Spaces and Urban Cultures, 13:00-14:30 (CET), online. More information.

10 - 12 November 2021

Presentation „Öffentliche Räume in den Innenstädten als facettenreiches Politikfeld - Wie kommt der Wandel ins Handeln?“ by Prof. Dr. Sabine Knierbein at the "Österreichischen Städtetag 2021: Arbeitskreis 'Mehr (Er)Leben in der Innenstadt'". More information.

2 December 2021

AESOP Thematic Groups Fika: Introducing the Thematic Group for Planning/Conflict, 13:00-14:30 (CET), online. More information.