Urban Anthropology

For open discussion related to the anthropology of cities and urban space.

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Urban anthropology addresses the social and cultural complexities of cities and urban life. Although generally seen as a subset of socio-cultural anthropology, urban anthropology overlaps with many other areas, such as economic, political and environmental anthropology, human geography, architecture, globalization, transnationalism, immigration, urbanization, and development studies. Due to their expansive size, population density and often multicultural nature, urban spaces provide distinct methodological challenges for anthropologists and ethnographers.

It is hoped that this group will foster beneficial discussion to enrich the practice of urban anthropology and to highlight the importance of understanding human societies of any scale. Please feel free to join and contribute.

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New multilingual e-book on urban social movements

Started by Aimilia Voulvouli May 6, 2016.

Call for Abstracts - crossing borders conference

Started by Aimilia Voulvouli May 4, 2016.

Investigation of Privacy and Space in contemporary art

Started by Nicole Rademacher Mar 9, 2013.

Athens: Social Meltdown VIDEO

Started by Dimitris Dalakoglou Sep 30, 2012.

Material Culture/Anthropological Literature on a specific Ethnographic Area? 4 Replies

Started by Jannik Friberg Lindegaard. Last reply by Tracey Pahor Feb 3, 2012.

Background music in the public space, the "horror vacui" of perception. 4 Replies

Started by luca silvestri. Last reply by Rachelle Annechino Jul 4, 2011.

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Comment by Aimilia Voulvouli on May 20, 2016 at 1:59pm

Environmentalism and Secularism in the context of an urban protest in Istanbulİlk_ve_en_önemli_çevreci_Environmentalism_and_Secularism_in_contemporary_Istanbul_._Proceedings_from_the_International_Conference_Myths_of_the_Others_in_the_Balkans_representation_social_practices_and_performances_

Comment by Aimilia Voulvouli on May 13, 2016 at 11:39pm

Environmental protests in Turkey before Gezi

Transenvrionmental Protest: the Arnavutkoy anti-bridge campaign in Istanbulöy_anti-bridge_campaign_in_Istanbul

Comment by Aimilia Voulvouli on May 8, 2016 at 4:47pm

My book about an urban protest in Istanbul

From Environmentalism to Transenvironmentalism: The Ethnography of an Urban Protest in Modern Istanbul. Oxford: Peter Lang.

Comment by Aimilia Voulvouli on May 6, 2016 at 9:38am
New multilingual e-book on urban social movements
Comment by Aimilia Voulvouli on May 4, 2016 at 4:13pm
Call for Abstracts - Crossing Borders Conference - Lesbos Greece
Comment by Dimitris Dalakoglou on February 10, 2016 at 3:28pm

EASA Panel on Roads

The winding roads: infrastructures and technologies of (im)mobility

Location [TBD]
Date and Start Time [TBD] at [TBD]


Dan Podjed (Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU)) email
Dimitris Dalakoglou (Vrije University Amsterdam) email
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Short Abstract

How do we develop and use transport technologies and design the infrastructure? How did we plan, understand, and interpret roads and routes? And how will we travel and make the technologies of mobility (and immobility) in the future?

Long Abstract

Spatial mobility is an essential part of human existence in the world that has determinant role in shaping human society and culture. The technologies and infrastructures of spacial mobility change over history radically causing a metamorphosis on social organisation and cultural formations. Given the large population flows that still going on e.g. around the Mediterranean basin and which employ some of the most primordial techniques of mobility (e.g. walking) or e.g. the more common but massive phenomenon of commuting from increasingly larger distances on daily basis; questions around the future of techniques and technologies of mobility are posed anew. How do we develop and use transport technologies and design the infrastructure? How did we plan, understand, and interpret roads and routes in the past? And how will we travel and make the technologies of mobility (and immobility) in the future? These are some of the questions of the panel, focused on legacies and futures of transportation, infrastructures and mobility. In this panel we are looking for ethnographic examples and theoretical explanations about the modes of travel and types of infrastructure and what they can tell us about people and their practices. 

Comment by Tom Knoll on January 6, 2016 at 4:04am

My research background has focused on urban health and fitness among new immigrant and minority communities in the U.S. and slum development in Bombay. My more recent interest is in the emerging culture of Digital Nomads - those who make a living online and are, to varying degrees, location-independent. I'm particularly interested in the cities that are emerging to accommodate this population. What are the array of sites, services and geography that entices and nurtures and, based upon this, can we predict which locales will emerge in the future  to be Digital Nomad Hubs? Moreover, what impact does this have on local populations, environment, economy, policy and spatial development?

Comment by Elise Billiard on November 26, 2014 at 1:29pm

Call for Papers

SIEF 12th Congress (June 2015, Zagreb)

Dear all, please consider propsing a paper for our Panel: "Public Space as Utopia"

Short Abstract

Questioning utopias, this panel seeks to explore the different utopias behind the recent calls for public spaces - both as physical places of social encounter as well as in their conceptual dimension as politicized spaces of thought and action.

Long Abstract

The most controversial element today that connects different utopian visions is the fact that they are visions of public space, that is, conceptualizations of communal, political and social life. Whilst the dominant neo-liberal view rejects utopian visions for this precise reason, because utopias are regarded as totalizing projects, there has been a recurrent call for public spaces in urban planning and in academic research. Indeed, does not today's emphasis on a preservation of heritage, the protection of the environment and democratic ideals express a disavowed, nostalgic belief in utopia through organization of public space going back to models such as the ideal Greek city? Green parks, pedestrianized historical centers and regenerated river walks in big cities are praised to be the space where locals meet spontaneously, bridging their differences, allegedly fostering social cohesion. At a time when the loss of a sense of place as much as the loss of social cohesion is becoming worrying for many, public spaces are often seen to provide an ideal solution.

Can a democratic utopia become real through the planning of urban public spaces? If architects can provide the space of utopia to be materialized, does it mean necessarily that they can foster democracy, sustainable heritage or ecological cities? Finally, can utopia be realized by altering material spaces or should there be a stronger focus on the social production of utopia?

deadline January 14th 2015

More informations in the link below:

Comment by Neil Turner on July 6, 2014 at 12:23pm

A growing pandemic that does not receive the attention it deserves:

Children of the Streets: Into An Angel's Hands

Comments are welcome.

Comment by Jose Mansilla on March 21, 2014 at 5:11pm

Samantha, there is pretty much information about this issue. As an example, here you have an article of a college of mine. I hope you like it


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