The Infrastructures of Diversity

The Infrastructures of Diversity: Materiality and Culture in Urban Space

Authors Workshop 9th and 10th of July 2015
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

- by invitation only -

Organizers:
Marian Burchardt (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity)
Stefan Höhne (Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technical University Berlin)
AbdouMaliq Simone (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity)

Participants:
Emily Bereskin (Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technical University Berlin)
Lisa Björkman (University of Göttingen)
Anderson Blanton (MPI-MMG)
Christine Hentschel (Institute of Criminology, University of Hamburg)      
Colin McFarlane (Department of Geography, Durham University)             
Stephen Read (Delft University of Technology)                          
Suzanne Hall (London School of Economics)                                
Julia King (London School of Economics)                
Robin Finlay (London School of Economics)                
Boris Vormann (Graduate School of North American Studies, Free University Berlin)
Jeremy Walton (University of Göttingen)
Annegret Haase (Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung – UFZ)       
Katharina Kullmann (Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung – UFZ)       
Christian Haid (Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung – UFZ)   
Stefan Lanz (Europa Universität Frankfurt/Oder)
Stefan Höhne (TU Berlin)
AbdouMaliq Simone (MPI-MMG)
Steve Vertovec (MPI-MMG)
Marian Burchardt (MPI-MMG)

Globally, transnational migration is to a large extent migration to cities. The increasing speed of urbanization in many parts of the world is thus not only a result of demographic changes but also of the influx of people to metropolitan agglomerations. These move-ments in turn have produced new forms of cultural diversity. While until a decade ago, cultural differences linked to transnational migration were addressed through the dis-course of multiculturalism, there is now an increasing recognition that this term may have become inadequate to capture the new social and cultural complexity of urban life-worlds. As migrants to cities are differentiated along multiple axis of difference, social scientists have begun to explore urban socialities from the vantage point of super-diversity (Vertovec).

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