Urban Super-diversity

URBAN SUPER-DIVERSITY

Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences 8-10 April 2015


How can people live together, with ever more diverse characteristics, in the world’s rapidly expanding cities? Current global migration flows show profound diversification of migrants’ nationalities, ethnicities, languages, gender balances, age profiles, human capital and legal statuses. Across the globe, such processes have created conditions of urban ‘super-diversity’. Everywhere, recent migrants with complex ‘new diversity’ traits now dwell in cities alongside people from previous, ‘old diversity’ waves, often within longestablished ethnic/racial hierarchies. What will social relations, spatial patterns, political mobilizations and structures of inequality look like in tomorrow’s ever more complex urban spaces?


In addressing these issues, the Urban Super-diversity event combines:

  • Symposia in which the assembled senior scholars will discuss cutting-edge ideas on how we can conceive, theorize and research new urban complexities;
  • Findings from ‘GlobaldiverCities’, a major research project funded by European Research Council and the Max Planck Society comprised of comparative, multi-disciplinary research in Singapore, Johannesburg and New York; and
  • Visualizations of urban super-diversity exhibited through innovative new films, photography, video installations and interactive graphics.