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2. February 2024

The Role of Urban Informal Food Systems in Ensuring Food Security for the Population in Nairobi

Cecilia Weissenhorn

From August 2nd to 12th, a group of Kenyan and German students conducted the fieldwork of their study project in Nairobi, Kenya. The main goal was to explore the food system in the urban region of Kasarani, a constituency of Nairobi. Various methods, such as mapping and interviews, were used to gain insights into the food security status of the local people and the different factors that influence it.

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12. January 2024

A Field trip with EcoGovLab in Imperial Valley, California

Francisco Aguilera

This blog post is a field report of the author’s trip with the University of California Irvine’s EcoGovLab to the Salton Sea in California. Based on this field trip a few miles from Desert Hot Springs, near the San Andreas Fault, the article focuses on the non-human dimension in the figuration of spaces in the Anthropocene and the challenges posed by harmful entanglements that require alternative research approaches and close university-community relationships.

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20. October 2023

Travelogue to the Edinburgh Botanic Garden

Seminar “Nature, Space and Biopolitics: Understanding the Conservation Regime in Planetary Urbanism” (Summer Semester 2023, TU Berlin)

Within the framework of the project seminar “Nature, Space and Biopolitics: Understanding the Conservation Regime in Planetary Urbanism,” we spent the last year investigating the refiguration of the modern institutions […]

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18. August 2023

„Almost feels like the math-building on our campus”

Simon Pohl | Christina Hecht

Earlier this year, researchers from subproject C07 on spatial conflicts and the platform economy spent six weeks in Cape Town, South Africa. In this brief Space-Vignette, Simon Pohl and Christina Hecht provide insights into the experiences they gathered – in relation to the project's research questions and beyond.

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28. July 2023

Visual impressions from fieldwork in Lagos

Francesca Ceola

A thin line between ethics and aesthetics haunts these reflections on field research in an African city, approached through the positionality of a researcher from a European context. Based on some visual impressions encountered during the fieldwork, the researcher Francesca Ceola retraces the process of reorientation in a place geographically and culturally very far away from her habitat recognizing what she knows in what she sees. In doing so, she contests the abstraction of “going to do fieldwork” as separate from everyday scientific practices.

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12. March 2020

“Saizeriya, tapioca or Niku Sushi?” – a plea for the culinary-focused auto-ethnography

Dr. Eric Lettkemann

As Shmuel Eisenstadt notes in his work Japanese Civilization, the Land of the Rising Sun has a special attraction for comparative sociology. For Japanese society combines an - from a Western point of view - exotic culture and a highly technological civilization that has made and continues to make its own way into modernity.

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24. January 2020

Hommage & Abriss. New York Aphorismen

Dr. Martin Schinagl

Martin Schinagl reflektiert im Nachgang seiner Feldforschung über Stadtplanung in New York City über eine Stadt der Widersprüche und Extreme sowie ihre Entwicklungen aus Perspektive eines forschenden Flâneurs: „Läufst du durch New York, siehst du die Welt. …“

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5. November 2019

Raum-Matrix des Westjordanlands

Hannah Wolf

Das Westjordanland ist eine der am stärksten politisch, ideologisch und militärisch umkämpften Regionen unserer Welt, es ist Schauplatz und Projektionsfläche des Nahost-Konflikts. Als ich im Frühjahr 2019 zwei Vertreter*innen der […]

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