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International Workshop at the Cluster

Jun 27, 2017

On Thursday, June 29, the workshop “Open Access? The city as laboratory, studio, archive” took place at the Karl Jaspers Center. It was organized by the Chair of Visual and Media Antropology in cooperation with the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi, the Department of Art and Design at Kathmandu University and the Forum Urban Spaces.

During the one-day workshop, speakers such as Arunava Dasgupta, Head of the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Sujan Chitrakar, Assistant Professor at the School of Art and Center for Art and Design at Kathmandu University, Prof. Ulrike Gerhard from the Institute of Geography and Prof. Christiane Brosius, Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology at the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies engaged with students from the Graduate Programme at the Cluster "Asia and Europe".

The theme of the workshop, “Open Access? The city as laboratory, studio, archive”, focused on the ways in which research on cities and urban change can facilitate stronger interdisciplinary ties across academic institutions, also with respect to research-based teaching. It addressed themes such as urban design for ‘open cities’ of the 21st century, the role of art practice in and about the city, or (in)tangible cultural heritage in rapidly changing urban environs. Other themes to be considered were in what way the city could be ‘archived’ and material be produced for open access to generate transdisciplinary discussions, how to study urban responses to natural and man-made crises like earthquakes and climate change, social inequality, migration and cultural diversity.

The workshop took place on June 29 at the Karl Jaspers Center for Transcultural Studies. It was funded by the Forum Urban Spaces (ForUS), the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" and Field of Focus 4.


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