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The **Urban Political** delves into contemporary urban issues with activists, scholars and policy-makers from around the world. Providing informed views, state of the art knowledge and unusual insights, the podcast aims to advance our understanding of urban environments and how we might make them more just and democratic. The **Urban Political** provides a new forum for reflection on bridging urban activism and scholarship, where regular features offer snapshots of pressing issues and new pu ...
 
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Theoretical Physics Schools (ASC)

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Theoretical Physics Schools (ASC)

The Arnold Sommerfeld Center for Theoretical Physics (ASC)

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Every year the Arnold Sommerfeld Center (ASC) for Theoretical Physics at the LMU in Munich organizes a school for PhD students. It covers topics which are of current interest in theoretical physics and range from more applied fields like condensed matter physics to rather mathematical fields like string theory. Announcements of upcoming schools can be found on the ASC schools webpage and a list of past schools can be found in the archive of the ASC schools.
 
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Introducing LMU

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Introducing LMU

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

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Get an idea of who we are - the university in the heart of Munich. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München is one of the leading research universities in Europe, with a more than 500-year-long tradition. "Introducing LMU" gives an insight into learning and teaching as well as research and life at LMU.
 
The law sets a framework for market transactions and competition. However, in recent years, the law itself has become a commodity in many regions of the world and in various fields: especially corporate, bankruptcy and contract law, not to mention the settlement of disputes. Individuals and companies search for the most attractive rules of law and states compete for the favour of demanders through their offers. Since legal competition has been the object of preliminary empirical explorations ...
 
Most students know more about media technologies than their teachers, but lack the ability to use them effectively, says educationalist Professor Frank Fischer. This underlines the need for training in media literacy. In ongoing studies at the Institute of Education and Educational Psychology at LMU Munich, he and his team are seeking the best ways to provide it.
 
The podcast follows the course European Company, Financial Markets, and Insolvency Law (Summer Term 2013). It covers the fundamentals of European Company, Financial Markets, and Insolvency Law in an international and comparative perspective. The primary focus of the course is on the existing legal framework. However, policy issues will also figure prominently. The European legal framework will be compared frequently to other jurisdictions. Within Europe, the focus will be on the UK, France, ...
 
This course focuses on an applied analysis of competition. Important concepts from industrial organization, game theory, product life-cycle analysis, and industry evolution are discussed. Additionally, important characteristics of network industries such as network effects and standard setting are considered. The concept of competition used in this course is interpreted broadly and also encompasses the analysis of strategic cooperation between firms.
 
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Research, Action & Art

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Research, Action & Art

Ethnographie vor der Haustür und in der Welt, Universität zu Köln

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Raus aus dem wissenschaftlichen Elfenbeinturm und rein ins Ohr - das ist das Ziel des Lehrforschungsprogramms „Ethnografie vor der Haustür und in der Welt“ 2015/2016 unter dem Titel „Research, Action and Art“. Forschungs-, Kunst- und Integrationsprojekte aus Köln und der Welt treffen auf ethnologische Forschungsmethoden. Die teilnehmenden Studierenden stellen ihre Forschungsprojekte in diesem Podcast vor. In den Forschungen geht es um unterschiedliche Themenkomplexe wie Multikulturalismus, M ...
 
In this series of ten video lectures Peter Adamson, Professor of Philosophy at the LMU in Munich and King’s College London, discusses the contributions of women intellectuals, mystics, and philosophers in ancient Greece, ancient China, the Islamic world, and medieval Europe. From Diotima to Christine de Pizan, we learn about the ideas of female thinkers and also about the challenges they faced in putting forward these ideas.
 
Life in the Soil brings you the insights and voices of some of the world’s best soil scientists. Learn about soil biodiversity, why it matters, and how we can protect it. This podcast project is a collaboration between the Rillig Lab and podcaster Anja Krieger, funded through the BiodivERsA project Digging Deeper. Matthias Rillig’s lab at Freie Universität Berlin is part of the Institute of Biology and the Berlin-Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research (BBIB). Our research fo ...
 
Internship projects LMU eLab - Munich Summer Curriculum (MSC): Electronic Media. Students from all over the world and all universities are invited to participate in an exciting and demanding ten-week long Summer Curriculum: "Electronic Media" This program engages students in subject matters ranging from media technology, media management, European media law, media theory and communication sciences to web design. The program finishes with a four-week internship at a German media company.
 
The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics went to the inventors of the blue LED, which provides the basis for today's energy-efficient and environmentally benign light sources. According to the citation, the blue LED "allows white light to be created in a new way". But without the discoveries subsequently made by Professor Wolfgang Schnick's group in the Chemistry Department at LMU Munich, consumers would not have taken to the new "white" light. For Schnick and his colleagues "reinvented" warm white l ...
 
The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics went to the inventors of the blue LED, which provides the basis for today's energy-efficient and environmentally benign light sources. According to the citation, the blue LED "allows white light to be created in a new way". But without the discoveries subsequently made by Professor Wolfgang Schnick's group in the Chemistry Department at LMU Munich, consumers would not have taken to the new "white" light. For Schnick and his colleagues "reinvented" warm white l ...
 
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Global Theatre Histories – SD

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Global Theatre Histories – SD

Christopher Balme, Anirban Ghosh, Nic Leonhardt, meLê yamomo

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Shakespeare in Taiwan. Circus in India. Richard Wagner societies in Indonesia. Theatrical brokers as global players. Opera in South-East Asia: theatre can be considered a global artistic practice and a central part of transnational networks of artistic exchange. The historiographical investigation of the emergence of theatre as a global phenomenon since 1860 is the ambitious goal of the research project “Global Theatre Histories”, headed by Prof. Dr. Christopher Balm end funded by the German ...
 
In the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences GSN-LMU, groups of researchers working in different areas of neuroscience seek answers to one of the most fundamental questions in modern science: How does the brain work? The GSN-LMU is embedded into the Munich Center for Neurosciences – Brain & Mind, one of the broadest academic environments that Munich has to offer in the field of neurosciences. This neuroscientific context provides a combination of the most varied methodological approaches ...
 
The philosophy of G.W.F. Hegel is a major focus of Robert Brandom's work. Brandom makes Hegel's thought accessible to analytic philosophy by developing a semantic interpretation of the "Phenomenology of Spirit". In his Munich lectures, Brandom is going to present new texts on the "Introduction" of Hegel's Phenomenology for the first time. Conference host: Society "Conceptions of Reason. Justification and Critique" (cooperation of Chair II for Philosophie, LMU Munich, Prof. Axel Hutter, and C ...
 
The CAS lecture series „Cutting Edge“ addresses the various challenges that scholarship is facing today. Current political and economic changes, such as globalization, great discoveries like genome sequencing or the hypotheses of string theory are asking for scientific creativity. What can different disciplines offer to answer those challenges? What is the current state of research, what is cutting edge? | Die Vortragsreihe am Center for Advanced Studies fragt nach den aktuellsten Entwicklun ...
 
HANS THIES LEHMANN - The position of the spectator in theatre today The spectator has become the central focus of reflection on performance and theatre since the theoretical/practical shift to the problem of what is the experience of an artistic (or artistically-motivated) gesture. This shift brings into focus the fundamental questions of spectating as an activity. This lecture will focus on several examples of different spectating as an activity. This lecture will focus on several examples ...
 
Mathematical Philosophy - the application of logical and mathematical methods in philosophy - is about to experience a tremendous boom in various areas of philosophy. At the new Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, which is funded mostly by the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, philosophical research will be carried out mathematically, that is, by means of methods that are very close to those used by the scientists. The purpose of doing philosophy in this way is not to reduce p ...
 
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Roundtable with Javier Ruiz-Tagle, Julie Chamberlain, Martine August, and Moritz Rinn Social mix has become a central planning discourse worldwide to address urban inequalities and segregation as key urban problems of the 21st century. Far from being benevolent, the discourse of social mix and its related implementations are subjected to a fundamen…
 
Louis Volont and Thijs Lijster discuss with Talja Blokland In this first episode of the Urban Concept series, Louis Volont (MIT, Boston) and Thijs Lijster (University of Groningen) discuss with Talja Blokland (Humboldt University, Berlin) the concepts of community and commons and consider implications for urban research and action. The key argument…
 
with Michael Gentile, Tatiana Zhurzhenko and Vlad Mykhnenko Listen to urban researchers sharing their insights on the situation in Ukrainian cities at war, from Kyiv, Kharkiv to Mariupol. Our guests discuss Putin's identity politics and the way his propaganda hits a wall in the context of the shelling of Ukrainian cities. Countering the images of a…
 
A conversation with Emma Arnold, Jeff Ross, and John Lennon What do graffiti and street art do? This is the key question of the intriguing podcast conversation among Emma Arnold, Jeff Ross, and John Lennon. While we learn about the unruly and disruptive features of graffiti in urban space, our guests also trouble its effects by asking questions abo…
 
Most students know more about media technologies than their teachers, but lack the ability to use them effectively, says educationalist Professor Frank Fischer. This underlines the need for training in media literacy. In ongoing studies at the Institute of Education and Educational Psychology at LMU Munich, he and his team are seeking the best ways…
 
Updates from Andrej Holm and Joanna Kusiak On the 26th of September over million Berliners voted to expropriate and return to public ownership over 200,000 homes in the city. Deutsche Wohnen und Co Enteignen targeted a number of large real estate companies in Berlin that had control of what had previously been social housing stock. The referendum i…
 
In this Urban Political Special, Elisabet Van Wymeersch, Stijn Oosterlynck, Claudia Seldin, Roger Keil, Luce Beeckmans, and Manuel B. Aalbers are talking about their experiences at the RC21 conference 2021 – the annual conference of the International Sociological Association Research Committee 21 on Urban and Regional Development. Our guests share …
 
After discussing expropriation efforts in Berlin recently, this episode will widen the discussion of housing commons to perspectives, differences, and potentials in Europe and the US. Housing was and remains one of the crucial social issues of our time. From Friedrich Engels discussion of the housing question to the idea of ‘commons’ gaining more t…
 
‘How can academic research be of service to envisioning alternative planning agendas that reflect the realities of the so-called Global South?’ is the central question that our guest host Inhji Jon stresses in this episode. Since Western-centric planning approaches imposes norms on places and times where they are inappropriate, we need to explore t…
 
Green cities and green infrastructure have become common planning practices. But why is nature good and how does green matter? Do all people have equal access to nature, or are some left out of contemporary climate planning? Furthermore, what impact will COVID 19 and climate crisis have on future green city planning? These and other questions are d…
 
On April 15, Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court overturned Berlin’s rent cap. This immediately led to a massive spontaneous protest with 15,000 people voicing their concerns and proclaiming their right to the city. Moreover, within a week after the court’s decision the number of signatures for the grassroots campaign ‘Deutsche Wohnen & Co entei…
 
Interview with Andrej Holm From Friedrich Engel's series 'Zur Wohnungsfrage‘ to the decision of Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court on the #Berlin #RentCap last week: housing was and remains one of the crucial social issues of our time. Together with Andrej Holm, we discuss the social and political consequences of the Court's decision that the B…
 
Soil is full of amazing life with its own intrinsic value. Just like many other species, we humans benefit from it: Healthy soil not only provides food, feed, fiber and fuel, it also contributes to the stability of the whole Earth system. But living soils are at risk all around the world. So, in this episode, podcaster Anja Krieger and soil ecologi…
 
This podcast explores how the pandemic is changing density around the world and generating forms of politics. With a diverse group of scholars and practitioners from around the world, the podcast addresses the following specific questions/ themes: How should density be conceived and why is it important to understanding cities (and the pandemic)? Wh…
 
Decolonizing Engagements in Bremen and Lancaster The transatlantic slave trade had a lasting impact not only on the development of big ports like Liverpool, London, Nantes or Bordeaux, but also in cities that far less frequently associated with slavery. In this episode, four researcher-activists from Bremen and Lancaster speak about how slavery is …
 
The list of how humans are causing trouble in the soil is pretty mind-blowing, kind of overwhelming. It’s connected to all that is central to our modern human societies - industrial agriculture, synthetic chemistry, city sprawl, global mobility and so on and on. In this episode, Matthias Rillig, Anja Krieger and their guests Maddy Thakur and Asmere…
 
If you dig out a handful of soil, or a whole bucket full, what do you see? Really, not that much? Well, yes, that’s one reason the study of soil is such a challenge. It’s a lot of stuff mushed together, crumbs, roots, dead stuff, critters. Soil is a very complex, intensely 3D-structured environment. How do you map that landscape? In order to look a…
 
with Nitin Bathla, Sandra Jasper, and Tino Buchholz Emerging film-makers and urban researchers Nitin Bathla, Sandra Jasper, and Tino Buchholz speak about their avenues into film-production, why film amounts to a vital medium for urban research, and what it would mean to enhance its role in urban studies. This episode is also full of urban film insp…
 
In this episode, Anja and Matthias take you on an underground safari through the hidden jungle of the soil. And they’ve won some excellent scientists as tour guides. You’ll hear from Diana Wall about a tiny worm that is so tough it even lives in Antarctica or hot deserts. Richard Bardgett introduces you to collembola, also known as springtails - ti…
 
Hanna Hilbrandt in conversation with Emma Colven, Zac Taylor, Sarah Knuth, and Sage Ponder Amidst the rapidly unfolding ecological crisis, current research is witnessing ever new financial strategies that aim at making money from urban climate risks. In this episode Hanna Hilbrandt invites Emma Colven, Zac Taylor, Sarah Knuth, and Sage Ponder, to d…
 
Throughout the global south, many urban regions have become massive. In the familiar renditions of this notion, urban regions, mushrooming in population and spatial footprints, teeter close to chaos, environmental disaster, and ungovernability. Populations are being reshuffled, moved from one area to the other, something which an extensive landscap…
 
Hundreds of millions of years ago, plants started to colonize the land. But amazingly, they did this without roots. So how on Earth did these early plants feed themselves? It looks like they found some helpful friends: A group of fungi provided them with nutrients from the ground, fossils suggest. Today, the vast majority of plants team up with the…
 
Reflections from Delhi, Karachi, Lagos, and Manila Throughout the global south, many urban regions have become massive. In the familiar renditions of this notion, urban regions, mushrooming in population and spatial footprints, teeter close to chaos, environmental disaster, and ungovernability. Populations are being reshuffled, moved from one area …
 
There’s a crazy place beneath your feet, a jungle of sand, silt, and clay, of solids and pores. Some of the most diverse and overlooked communities on Earth live here, in a world unlike anything we know - completely dark, of tiny proportions, and full of surprises. Even the air and water aren’t the same. Soils and their inhabitants play a huge role…
 
There’s a hidden world beneath your feet, the world of earthworms, springtails, fungi, and bacteria. We hardly ever see these little creatures, but their impacts are huge. In fact, the world just wouldn't be the same without them. Soil stores more carbon than the atmosphere and all plants together, filters water, is pivotal for biodiversity and at …
 
A conversation with Gianpaolo Baiocchi Gianpaolo Baiocchi offers us an historical overview of what he terms Radical Cities in Latin America and draws out some lessons from the past 30 years. Comparing these experiences to municipal politics in Europe and elsewhere, he highlights the distinctive features and charts the ups and downs of these urban m…
 
International perspectives: cases of Dortmund (Germany), San Francisco (USA) and Isfahan (Iran) This episode discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the behavior of people in public spaces in Dortmund (Germany), San Francisco (USA) and Isfahan (Iran). My guests, Teresa Sprague and Ghazal Farjami, and I (Mais Jafari) explain how people in these societie…
 
In this podcast we discuss the work of Murray Bookchin, relating it to the experiences and debates around municipalism and wider left political practices and theory. With our guests (Blair, Hilary and Kate) we focus the discussion on the recent edited collection of Bookchin's work: The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct D…
 
Margit Mayer on Tipping Points and Scholarly Politics of Mobilization Starting off from her latest agenda-setting article "What does it mean to be a radical urban scholar-activist, or activist scholar today?" published earlier this year in the relaunch issue of the journal CITY – analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action. It was pub…
 
protests and movements in the time of the pandemic This episode delves deep into the ongoing revolutionary movements in Algeria and Lebanon. Ratiba Hadj-Moussa and Rana Sukarieh provide us with a rich and inspiring account of developments, offering social-economic background to the events of the last two years, outlining the main contours of the po…
 
Neoliberal urbanism and the rise of Jan Gehl Nina Stener Jørgensen and Maroš Krivý offer us the broader picture of the contemporary urbanist discourse of liveability and Jan Gehl's rise to prominence. In a tour de force, they walk us through Gehl's original work within the Danish welfare state of the 1960s, his indebtedness to the contributions of …
 
Margaret Kohn on Solidarism, Scales, and the State On the basis of the book The Death and Life of the Urban Commonwealth, we discuss with Margaret Kohn her resuscitation of the early 20th century solidarist ideas and the links to the Lefebvrian notion of the right to the city. We challenge her on the question of scale and the role of the state in s…
 
Experiential approaches, risk and discomfort Robin Chang and Meg Holden discuss how the Covid-19 situation has disrupted teaching and learning practices in urban research, deepening existing and exposing new inequalities. They consider in particular the short and long term implications of on-going restrictions for experiential learning, what this m…
 
Comparing Urban Responses to the Pandemic and their Implications Reflecting on how shocks are applied as tools to further political agendas, Creighton Connolly, S. Harris Ali, and Roger Keil consider the implications for racialized inequalities and the Global South-North divide. Two months after the first conversation with out guests, at a moment w…
 
Experiences in India and Canada How is the pandemic affecting conditions of labour and migrant workers? How are Unions and other organisations reacting? In this wide-ranging and forensic discussion with Michelle Buckley (Toronto), Rajan Pandey (Bangalore) and Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay (Mohali) tell us about on-going struggles around mobility and labo…
 
Insights from Kenya and South Africa with J.A. Akallah and M. Huchzermeyer Reporting from Kenya and South Africa with Jethron Ayumba Akallah and Marie Huchzermeyer provide us with a detailed account of the coronavirus-pandemic in their context, the conditions within the informal settlements, the state approaches and the responses by civic organizat…
 
Kenya and South Africa with J.A. Akallah and M. Huchzermeyer This episode explores contemporary politics around land and infrastructure in informal settlements in Kenya and South Africa with Jethron Ayumba Akallah and Marie Huchzermeyer. This is the first part of the episode on informal settlements and provides the context for the second part which…
 
Rethinking Planning with Viola Schulze Dieckhoff and Christian Lamker In the episode we speak to Viola Schulze Dieckhoff (Technical University of Dortmund, Germany) and Christian Lamker (University of Groningen, the Netherlands) about the paradigm of post-growth and its relation to cities. In particular we discussed the roots of this concept and mo…
 
Colin McFarlane on politics, opportunities, and research ethics of the crisis Is density really the key variable to explain the dynamics of the pandemic? Colin McFarlane takes a critical look at accounts that blame urban density for the drama that is unfolding in many cities. McFarlane discusses how racalized divisions are exacerbated in this situa…
 
Insights from Mexico and Canada with Julie-Anne Boudreau Drawing on insights from her latest book "Global Urban Politics", Julie-Anne Boudreau puts the current response to the coronavirus in Mexico City and Montreal in a larger frame of understanding. She elaborates on the difference between urban and state logics of action and its importance to gr…
 
Labor, Homeschooling, and the Practice of Community Drawing on her understanding of community as an urban practice and her recent research on social and educational inequalities in Berlin, Talja Blokland underlines how the lockdown exacerbates inequalities in view of labor, education, and social capital. She presents her argument why digital media …
 
Laura Roth on Democracy and Feminism In the second part of the New Municipalism series, Ross talks to Barcelona-based scholar-activist Laura Roth. She talks about the Spanish experience, particularly in relation to Barcelona en Comú, the movement party, which has been in minority government since 2014. Laura talked about a range of issues, includin…
 
Cooperatives, Social Media, and Local Impacts In a moment of self-isolation and physical distancing, digital media promises ongoing civic deliberation and community organizing. Nathan Schneider helps us explore the role of social media for mutual aid and peer production in times of corona. He elaborates on the key decision we face between subscribi…
 
Containment, States of Exception, and Solidarity Three prominent urban researchers with a focus on infectious diseases explain why political responses to the current coronavirus outbreak require an understanding of urban dynamics. Looking back at the last coronavirus pandemic, the SARS outbreak in 2002/3, they highlight what affected cities have le…
 
Mexico City's Green Municipal Bonds and the role of standard setting organizations The crisis of 2008 has set into motion a growing influence of finance in municipalities. In particular, financial actors have identified an enormous "investment gap" in cities in the Global South. This trend intersects with a new set of urban development strategies, …
 
Exploring the urban dimension of the protests with Azun Candina and Daniel Opazo Chile despertó - Chile woke up - is a key slogan oft he ongoing uprisings in Chile that began in the capital Santiago in October 2019. Since then, heavy confrontations happened with the regime of president Piñera. For the first time since the dictatorship that ended in…
 
Interview with Bertie Russell and Matt Thompson What is "New Municipalism"? In this first of a new series Ross seeks clarification from scholar-activists Bertie Russell and Matt Thompson who give us a conceptual and historical take on this new urban movement, offering reflections on UK examples like Preston. The interview was recorded at the end of…
 
Queer Urban Space and Online Dating Looking for Love? Over the past decade, the market for online dating has been booming. And this did not leave the offline city unaffected. Listen to Sam Miles' sharp account on what online dating is all about and what it has to do with the urban. Far from being an innocent tool of the lonely hearts, online dating…
 
The Language of the City In a city, the idea of "standard language" falls apart. Linguistic researchers explain how urban space becomes a vital part of our ability to communicate in multilingual contexts. Think about "spatial repertoires" as the basis for communication. A market in Berlin-Kreuzberg, one of our guests' research site, is the backdrop…
 
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