Center for Interdisziplinary Research

EthniCities: Metropolitan Cultures and Ethnic Identities in the Americas

Date: March 18 - 20, 2009

Organizers: Martin Butler (Essen), Jens Gurr (Bielefeld / Essen), Olaf Kaltmeier (Bielefeld)

As part of the Inter-American Research Group E Pluribus Unum? the workshop 'EthniCities: Metropolitan Cultures and Ethnic Identities in the Americas' established an interdisciplinary dialogue on the negotiation of ethnic identities in the context of urban cultures in the Americas. It brought together European, North and Latin American experts from literary, historical, social, and cultural studies, architecture, urban planning, and economics. Deploying diverse theoretical and empirical approaches, the contributions conceptualized urban culture on the micro-level of individual actors, the meso-level of the city as a system, and the macro-level of the city as a node in a global network.

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