[Summer School 2016] Panel discussion "Cities Inside Out - Urban Peripheries Compared" in Belgrade

26.09.2016 (18:00 - 20:00)

On the occasion of the Summer School 2016 "Exploring Belgrade: Theory x Discipline x Method" on September 26 the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies and the Honours Masters’ Programme "East European Studies" in cooperation with Goethe Institute Belgrade will host the public panel discussion "Cities Inside Out - Urban Peripheries Compared".


The largely invisible and unobserved urban ‘fringe’ (which includes the informal, semi-rural and rural areas beyond the city’s official boundaries) is a place where many contrasting developments and transformations take place that are often at odds or in ‘friction’ with each other: processes of land privatization, of capital investment, and land grab, the creation of informal settlements, of gated communities, Roma slums, and refugee settlements, the emergence of new forms of (state) militarization and (private) securitization. The periphery is home to various ‘displacements’: of evicted urban populations and impoverished and marginalized rural populations, and various kinds of human and non-human waste, and partly ‘undesired’ but necessary urban institutions such as prisons, garbage belts, cemeteries, archives, etc.

The debate will turn ‘Cities Inside Out’, that is, bring into focus the less visible urban ‘peripheries’ in light of what is happening in metropolitan centers: the growth of inequality and spatial segregation, the erosion of the social fabric in cities, the loss of solidarities and everyday cosmopolitanism, the emergence of non-places, etc.

Invited speakers

Athens: Lila Leontidou, architect & geographer (confirmed)

Belgrade: Ivan Kucina, architect (confirmed)

Bucharest: Cătălin Berescu, architect (confirmed)

Istanbul: Imre Azem, filmmaker & activist (confirmed)


Ger Duijzings


Time: Monday, September 26, 2016, 6-8 p.m.

Location: Goethe Institute Belgrad, Knez Mihailova 50, 11000 Belgrade


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