Alexa Färber, Professor of Urban Anthropology and Ethnography, HafenCity University Hamburg

Low-budget urbanity: ethnographic research across contemporary urban studies concepts

In recent years the effects of neo-liberal policies on cities in the global north have been studied as austerity urbanism. From the perspective of urban anthropology these studies tend to de-contextualise these policies from everyday saving practices that are (co-)producing urban space in multiple ways. The research perspective "low-budget urbanity" therefor tries to grasp the multiplicity of these practices and their making of cities. Presenting ethnographic findings of one explorative case study on ride-sharing in inter-city trains I will analyse the specific materiality of low-budget urbanities and discuss concepts from the realm of post-ANT that might illuminate these findings.

All seminars in the series.