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Urban transformation and Placemaking: Fostering Learning from South Asia and Germany” presents

How to study the many layers and narratives of city? How to trace what is often invisible, reluctant to surface and be accessible, even if it is ubiquitous? Can we find tools that facilitate to study and make visible neighbourhoods, belonging, everyday heritages and mobilities, to mention only a few? What methods can we unpack from our disciplinary toolkits and connect and share across the disciplines, for teaching changes, experiences and practices in the urban fabric of Kathmandu, Delhi and Heidelberg? Lastly: how can we study cities affected by the Pandemic in their own ways, as the Pandemic also impacts our access or restriction thereof to the ‘urban field’?  We want to engage with some key approaches in the Humanities to studying the city by combining the reading of texts with discussions and, possibly, participants’ own materials.

The DAAD Themed Partnership Urban Transformation and placemaking offers four short workshops to faculty and advanced students from SPA/Urban Design, Department of Art and Design/Kathmandu University and Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS). The workshops will be co-curated by a member of each partner university, and we are proud to announce that Prof. Dr Tarini Bedi, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Chicago (USA), will co-teach the workshops.

Digital Methods with Prof Dr Tarini Bedi
Curating the City with Prof Dr Tarini Bedi and Sujan Chitrakar
Mapping the City with Dr Arunava Dasgupta & Prof Dr Tarini Bedi 
Walking the City with Prof Dr Christiane Brosius & Prof Dr Tarini Bedi

Time: 90 mins

Saturday : Chicago: 8am – Heidelberg: 3pm – Delhi: 6.30 – Kathmandu: 6.45 / Zoom 


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Title: Emerge! Countering Pandemic Somnambulism through Connectivities, Comparisons, and Collaborations

Convenors: Thomas Stodulka, Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka, and Éva Rozália Hölzle

Date: 2nd of July from 8 am to 12 pm CEST (Berlin time)

For the programme, abstracts, and Zoom registrations please consult this page

Online Forum—Decolonising Knowledge

The research group  Shaping Asia: Knowledge Production and Circulation will organise two online discussion events entitled  Decolonising Knowledge.

The first forum will take place on the 19th July 2021 at 11:20 a.m. (CEST) and will be held by Dhruv Raina (Jawaharlal Nehru University) and Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka (Bielefeld University).

The second forum convened by  Veronika Kusumaryati (Georgetown University), Thomas Stodulka (Freie Universität Berlin), and Ferdiansyah Thajib (KUNCI, Indonesia) will take place on the 15th July 2021 at 4 p.m. (CEST).

For the programme, abstracts, and Zoom registrations please consult this webpage.

Lecture Series

The 2021 colloqium series Understanding Asia: Bridging Margins is a joint cooperation of four working groups (WG Missbach; WG Nguyen; WG Pfaff and WG Vasilache) of the Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University. For information and registration, please check the colloquium's programme.

Situating Knowledge/Sites of Knowledge

End of September 2022, Kathmandu
International Workshop within the "Knowledge Production and Circulation" Network
Coordinators: Prof. Dr. Dhruv Raina and Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz.

Embodied and Sensorial Knowledge

18-19 February 2022, Singapore
International Workshop within the "Knowledge Production and Circulation" Network
Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Kelvin Low.

Alternative Discourses

17-18 February 2022, Singapore
International Workshop within the "Knowledge Production and Circulation" Network
Coordinator: Dr. Noorman Abdullah.

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