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Dr. Anna Steigemann

A04: Architectures of Asylum

Research Associate

Technische Universität Berlin
A 53 | Raum 622
Strasse des 17. Juni 152
10623 Berlin

CV

  • Education

  • 2012 – 2016

    Doctorate of Sociology (Dr. phil.) with a summa cum laude, TU Berlin
    (Thesis) Offering More? How Store Owners and Their Businesses Build Neighborhood Social Life (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Sybille Frank, Prof. Dr. John Mollenkopf, Prof. Dr. Dietrich Henckel)
    Awarded with the 2017 DGS Urban Sociology Prize and the 2017 Forum Stadt e.V. Dissertation Prize

  • 2006 – 2009

    Master of Arts in Social Sciences, Humboldt-University of Berlin
    (Thesis) From Bakeries to Bars? Commercial Gentrification on Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Häußermann, Prof. Dr. Talja Blokland)

  • 2002 – 2006

    Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, Humboldt-University of Berlin
    (Thesis) Deprived Neighborhoods and Hip Hop. The affinity of deprived (migrant) youth for the culture of Hip Hop (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Häußermann and Prof. Dr. Susanne Frank)

  • Employment History

  • 2018 - 2019

    Visiting Professor for Urban and Migration Studies
    Advanced Research Collaborative, CUNY Graduate Center, New York

  • Seit 2016

    Senior Researcher
    Habitat Unit, Technische Universität Berlin

  • 2015 – 2017

    Assistant Professor
    Chair for Urban Studies & Social Research, Bauhaus University- Weimar

  • 2012 – 2015

    DFG-Fellow
    International Interdisciplinary Graduate Programme “The World in the City”, Center for Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin

  • since 2011

    Lecturer and Researcher
    Urban Management International Master Program, TU Berlin

  • 2011 – 2012

    Assistant Professor
    Department for Urban and Regional Sociology, Institute for Sociology & Institute for Urban and Regional Planning, TU Berlin

  • 2009 – 2011

    Lecturer and Researcher
    Chair for Urban and Regional Sociology, Institute for Social Sciences, Humboldt- University Berlin

  • 2006

    Radio Journalist Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich

Research Focus

    • Anna’s research focuses on critical urban studies, migration and the city, community and neighborhood studies, governance from below, post-colonial urban theories as well as on ethnographic and qualitative social research methods.

Dissertation

In the context of the SFB subproject “architectures of asylum”, Anna’s postdoc project (2018-) focuses particularly on the emerging arrival infrastructures in the places of asylum. There, she ethnographically explores the socio-spatial practices of refugees and local longer-standing residents that result in so-called arrival infrastructures. Her case study city is Berlin.

She completed her doctoral dissertation, “Offering More? How Store Owners and their Businesses Build Neighborhood Social Life”, an ethnography of a diverse shopping street, its commercial facilities, and the social interactions therein, at the Center for Metropolitan Studies at TU Berlin and the CUNY Graduate Center with a “summa cum laude” in August 2016.

Publications

  • Monography

    • Steigemann, A. M. (2018/tba). The places where community is practiced. How store owners and their businesses build neighborhood social life, Springer.

    • Steigemann, A. M. (2017). Offering “more”? How store owners and their businesses build neighborhood social life, TU Berlin University Press.

  • Book Contributions

    • (2019) First arrivals in shrinkage. The physical and social development of arrival infrastructures in Thuringia, East Germany. Meeus, B., Van Heur, B., Arnaut, K. (Eds.) Arrival Infrastructures. Migration and Urban Social Mobility, Palgrave Macmillan.

    • Steigemann, A. (2018):Thüringens Willkommenskultur und die sozialräumliche Integration von Flüchtlingen in Gera. With Franziska Werner. In Eckardt, F. (Eds.) Ungeliebte Nachbarn. Anti-Asyl-Proteste in Thüringen. Transcript Verlag.

    • Steigemann, A. (2018/ tba): First arrivals in shrinkage. The physical and social development of arrival infrastructures in Thuringia, East Germany. Meeus, B., Van Heur, B., Arnaut, K. (Eds.) Arrival Infrastructures. Migration and Urban Social Mobility, Palgrave Macmillan.

    • Steigemann, A. (2017): Businesses as Neighbourhood Contact Sites: Some policy implications. Anja Besecke; Josiane Meier; Ricarda Pätzold; Susanne Thomaier (Eds.). Stadtökonomie – Blickwinkel und Perspektiven, Berlin, Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin.

    • Steigemann, A. (2016): Paradigmenwechsel vom Schrumpfen zur Integration? Thüringens ‘Willkommenskultur’ und die Stadtentwicklungspolitik. Wüstenrot Stiftung: Tagungsband Wohnungsleerstände in Deutschland – Ausmaß – Wahrnehmung – Reaktionen.

  • Peer-Reviewed Articles

    • Steigemann, A. M. (2017): Social practices in a café: community through consumption?. Geographica Helvetica, 72(1), 45.

    • Steigemann, A. (2017): Vom Schrumpfen zur Integration? Thüringens Willkommenskultur und die sozialräumliche Integration von Flüchtlingen in Gera. with Franziska Werner, Lessenich, S. (Eds.) Geschlossene Gesellschaften. Verhandlungen des 38. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Bamberg 2016.

    • Steigemann, A. (2016): A Welcoming Policy in Post-Socialist East Germany, with Frank Eckardt, Franziska Werner, Forced Migration Review 51.

  • Other Publications

    • Steigemann, Anna; Eckardt, Frank, Werner Franziska (2015): Willkommensstädte. Studienprojekt der Werkstatt Sozialraumanalyse. Abschlussbericht für den Thüringer Minister für Migration, Justiz und Verbraucherschutz.

    • Steigemann, A. (2013): Kommunikationskonzept Turmstraße – Bericht zur Stärkung der lokalen Identität. Bezirksamt Mitte/Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung.

    • Steigemann, A. (2012): No Strings Attached?! Kontakte im öffentlichen Raum, Project Report with MA Students, ISR TU Berlin.

    • Steigemann, A. (2009): Book Review on Derek Hyra’s The New Urban Renewal, International Journal for Urban and Regional Research.

    • Steigemann, A. (2009): From Bakeries to Bars – Commercial Gentrification in East Williamsburg, NYC. HU Berlin: unpublished Manuscript.

  • Conference Papers

    • (2018) Architectures of Asylum. A glocal perspective from Zaatari, Jordan and Berlin, Germany. Session: Design for Asylum: Architecture, Urban Space and Forced Migration, International Association for Forced Migration (IASFM): Whither Refugees? Restrictionism, Crises and Precarity Writ Large, Thessaloniki, Greece, 24-28 July 2018

    • (2018) Spaces of belonging in architectures of asylum? Urban refugees’ agency in the production of space in Berlin, Germany and Zaatari, Jordan. With Philipp Misselwitz, Session: Cities for whom? Exploring urban issues and forced migration with innovative and participatory methods, International Association for Forced Migration (IASFM): Whither Refugees? Restrictionism, Crises and Precarity Writ Large, Thessaloniki, Greece, 24-28 July 2018

    • (2018) Architectures of Asylum – Making a Home in a State of Permanent Temporariness. With Philipp Misselwitz. Session: Researching Home: Choices, Challenges, Opportunities, RC43 Housing and Built Environment, XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology: Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities, Toronto, Canada, July 15-21, 2018

    • (2018) Spaces of belonging in architectures of asylum? Urban refugees’ agency in the production of space and place in Berlin, Germany and Zaatari, Jordan. Session: Creating welcoming communities: Local immigration and integration policies, AAG Annual Meeting, New Orleans, April 8-14.

    • (2018) Urban refugees’ agency in the production of space and place in Berlin, Germany and Zaatari, Jordan – a geography of (dis)integration? With Philipp Misselwitz. Session: Refugees and Immigrants in the City V, AAG Annual Meeting, New Orleans, April 8 -14.

    • (2017) Architectures of Asylum – the intersection of technocratic planning and refugees’ agency, Session: Migration und Flucht in der Stadt – Dynamiken nach dem langen Sommer der Migration, Deutscher Kongress für Geographie 2017: Eine Welt in Bewegung • Erforschen – Verstehen – Gestalten, Tübingen, Sept 29- Oct 5 2017.

    • (2017) Urban planning and refugees’ socio-spatial appropriation practices, Session: Lokale Aushandlungen und Praktiken von Asyl zwischen Inklusion und Exklusion, Deutscher Kongress für Geographie 2017: Eine Welt in Bewegung • Erforschen – Verstehen – Gestalten, Tübingen, Sept 29- Oct 5 2017.

    • (2017) Architectures of asylum – a glocal perspective from Berlin. With Philipp Misselwitz. Panel: Urban planning and migrants in the city: glocal and transnational perspectives, RC 21 Conference: Rethinking Urban Global Justice: An international academic conference for critical urban studies, Leeds, Great Britain, September 11-14, 2017.

    • (2017) Learning from Berlin. Introduction to Berlin as the site for new Urban Management with a focus on Co-Production of Knowledge. WITS-TUB Summer School, July 17, 2017.

    • (2017) ‘Behind the curtain, it works’ – Small Business Owners’ Community Building Practices, 4th Special Session Retail aspects in Urban Geography and Urban Planning, AAG Annual Meeting, Chicago, USA

    • (2017) Survival opportunities of “traditional” crafts in upgrading neighborhoods: some policy implications, Panel: Regeneration projects and gentrification processes and diversity in entrepreneurship, Divercities: Governing Urban Diversity Conference, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

    • (2016) Vom Schrumpfen zur Integration? Thüringens Willkommenskultur und die sozialräumliche Integration von Flüchtigen in Gera, with Franziska Werner, Sektion Stadt- und Regionalsoziologie: Sozial-räumliche Integration von Flüchtlingen, DGS Kongress, Bamberg, Germany.

    • (2016) Vom Schrumpfen zur Integration?! Thüringens ‘Willkommenskultur’ als Paradigmenwechsel in der lokalen Stadtentwicklungspolitik? Konferenz: Wohnungsleerstände in Deutschland – Ausmaß – Wahrnehmung, Kaiserslautern, Germany.

    • (2016) Introduction to Empirical Research Methods in Social Sciences, with Lisa Vollmer, IGK Methods Workshop, TU Berlin.

    • (2015) First arrivals in shrinkage. The physical, communication and social development of arrival infrastructures in Thuringia, East Germany, Urban Arrival Infrastructures. An International Workshop on Migration and Cities in the 19th and 21st Century, Brussels, Belgium.

    • (2015) Do I need to grow blond hair to become German? Place Making Practices of Business Owners on a “diverse” Berlin Shopping Street., Panel The Challenge of Diversity: Does Urban Diversity Contribute to the Ideal City?, RC21 conference, Urbino, Italy.

    • (2015) Place Making Practices of Business Owners in the course of a Berlin Urban Renewal Program., Panel Networks and encounters in contested spaces RC21 Conference, Urbino, Italy.

    • (2015) Do I need to grow blond hair to become German? Place Making Practices of Small Business Owners, 2nd Special Session Retail aspects in Urban Geography and Urban Planning. Immigrant retail geographies, AAG Annual Meeting, Chicago, USA.

    • (2014) Local businesses as socially inclusive leisure spaces, Joint Session RC 23/RC 28, ISA 2014 Conference, Yokohama, Japan.

    • (2014) Shopping for Community? Place Making Practices of Small Business Owners, AAG Annual Meeting, Tampa.

    • (2014) Business Ballet. Ethnography of the Physical and Verbal Interactions in a Neukölln Café., Ethnography Workshop with Prof. Suzanne Hall, TU Berlin.

    • (2014) Shopping for Community?! Local businesses as main features of urban infrastructure and local social inclusion. Tagung Neue Kulturgeographie XI: Infrastrukturen der Stadt, Universität Bremen.

    • (2013) Walking for community?! Shopping for community?! How local businesses foster walking activity and related social networking for neighbourhood residents., Walk21International Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities, Munich.

    • (2013) Walking Tour Neighbourhood management and policies in Berlin-Wedding, RC 21 Conference 2013, Berlin.

    • (2012) Introduction to Qualitative Methods, IGK Workshop, TU Berlin.

    • (2012) Segregation and Housing Politics in Berlin, Auto-Construction Workshop Mexico/ Weimar/ Berlin.

    • (2012) Leopoldplatz – Schauplatz einer neuen Bürgerlichkeit? Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften, TU Berlin.

    • (2012) Socially Inclusive Planning in Berlin, International Urban Management Summer School, TU Berlin.

    • (2011) Social Housing Policies and Socially Integrative City for CUNY Summer School, HU Berlin.