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Moving to Berlin

International debate at the Los Angeles AAG Conference

Moving to Berlin

Some of the key debates in urban research that have emerged from or through Berlin over the last two decades were explored in six sessions at the April Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Los Angeles.

The series, “Moving to Berlin”, was co-convened by Sam Merrill and Sandra Jasper (UCL Geography) with Julia Binder of Humboldt University Berlin, in collaboration with Karen Till of NUI Maynooth and Claire Colomb of UCL Bartlett Planning.

It began with a panel discussion, including Edward Soja, Laura Pulido, Allan Cochrane, Claire Colomb and Matthew Gandy, comparing Los Angeles & Berlin as Urban Laboratories. Twenty speakers from Germany, the UK and the US then presented their research on Berlin, focusing on relationships between the city as an empirical field of research and the critical concepts, discourses and debates that characterise its specific intellectual milieu.

The sessions, including specialists from Geography, Planning, Sociology, Political Science, Architecture, Archaeology, Performance Art, History and Literature, covered research on memory production, cultural spaces and practices, housing and neighbourhood change, and post-89 transformations in the "New Berlin".

The meetings provided a platform for discussion across disciplinary and institutional boundaries which will be continued in August at RC21 in Berlin:


Sandra, Sam and Julia are currently preparing a communication paper in the Moving to Berlin series.


Sam Merrill:

Sandra Jasper:


Moving to Berlin audience at AAG