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Prof. Dr. Anna Steigemann

Professor for Sociological Dimensions of Space

Interdisciplinary and Multi-Scalar Spatial and Area Studies, and Sociology

E-Mail: anna.steigemann@ur.de

Due to the Corona crisis, in-person office hours will not be possible until further notice. Please contact me by email.


Research Interests

  • Urban and spatial sociology, cultural sociology
  • Urban, spatial, and social theory
  • Social inequality, in-/exclusion processes and stratification sesearch
  • Urbanization, urban and social transformation research (e.g. urban-rural relations, translocal practices, globalization, transformation towards sustainability)
  • Migration, mobility, and diversity research
  • Qualitative and ethnographic research methods
  • Neighborhood and community studies
  • Infrastructure research (e.g. housing, education, community services)
  • Actor- and practice-based approaches, critical participation and co-production research in international comparison
  • Everyday urbanism, ordinary spaces

Teaching

Winter Semester 2020/21


CV

Professional Background

Since 10/2020 Acting Chair of Sociological Dimensions of Space, Interdisciplinary and Multi-Scalar Spatial and Area Research, Universität Regensburg
Since 10/2016 (on sabbatical) Assistant Professor for International Urbanism and Design, Habitat Unit, Chair for International Urbanism and Design, TU Berlin
04/2019 – 10/2019 Acting Chair for International Planning Studies, Faculty of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund
8/2018 — 03/2019 Visiting Professor for Urban and Migration Studies, Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC), Graduate Center of City University New York (CUNY)
Since 11/2016 Lecturer and Supervisor for Urban Development, International Urban Development Master Program, TU Berlin El Gouna Campus, Egypt
03/2015 —  03/2017 Assistant Professor for Urban Studies and Social Research, Chair for Urban Studies & Social Research, Bauhaus University-Weimar
08/2012 — 04/2015 DFG Doctoral Fellow (German Research Foundation Fellow), Center for Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin/ CUNY Graduate Center
09 —12/2013 & 2014 Visiting Scholar for Urban Studies, Center for Urban Research, CUNY Graduate Center and GSAPP Columbia University
Since 03/2011 Lecturer and Supervisor, International Urban Management Master Program, TU Berlin
02/2011 — 08/2012 Assistant Professor for Urban Sociology and Planning, Department for Urban and Regional Sociology, Institute for Sociology and Institute for Urban and Regional Planning, TU Berlin
10/2009 —  09/2011 Lecturer and Researcher for Urban Sociology and Social Stratification, Chair for Urban and Regional Sociology, Institute for Social Sciences, Humboldt-University Berlin

Education

08/2012 — 08/2016 Doctorate of Sociology (Dr. phil.) – summa cum laude, TU Berlin (two awards). Thesis: Offering More? How Store Owners and Their Businesses Build Neighborhood Social Life.
10/20/2006 — 09/23/2009 Master of Arts in Social Sciences (Geography, Gender Studies) Humboldt-University of Berlin/ CUNY Graduate Center
2007-2008 DAAD Academic year at the Graduate Center of City University New York (CUNY) and Columbia University New York
10/20/2002 — 11/20/2006 Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (Geography, Ethnology) Humboldt-University of Berlin

Grants & Awards

Grants, Awards, Fellowships and Prizes

Since 09/2020
Associated Postdoc at the Center for Global Center of Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability (GCSMUS) at TU Berlin (DAAD, 2020-2024)

Since 11/2019
Elected Speaker of Section Urban Sociology of German Sociological Association (DGS)

08/2018 - 02/2019
ARC Distinguished Fellowship by the Advanced Research Collaborative, Graduate Center of City University New York

08/2018
Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz Price Candidate, TU Berlin’s listed candidate for 2019 German Research Association DFG Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz Prize

Since 01/2018
Associated Member SFB 1265 “Re-figurations of Space” (DFG)

09/2017
Dissertation Prize DGS-Urban Sociology for an outstanding dissertation in urban sociology, German Sociological Association (DGS) (Dissertationspreis, Sektion Stadt- und Regionalsoziologie, Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie für herausragende Dissertationen)

05/2017
Otto-Borst-Dissertation Award for an outstanding dissertation in the field of urban research (Dissertationspreis des Forum Stadt e.V., Internationalen Städtetagung 2017, Erfurt)

07/2016
Stipend for the Academic Advancement of Women Bauhaus-University Weimar

08/2012 - 04/2015
DFG Doctoral Scholarship (German Research Council), Center for Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin

08 - 12/2013 & 09 - 12/2014
DFG Visiting Scholar Scholarships (German Research Council), Graduate Center of CUNY, New York

07/2011
Teaching Award for the best research project for MA Urban Planning/Sociology Students, TU Berlin

06/2011 - 06/2014
Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Doctoral Stipend (I declined the financial support due to my TU position)

08/2007 - 08/2008
DAAD Graduate Stipend (German Academic Exchange Service) for an academic year at the Center for Urban Research at the Graduate Center CUNY, New York


Publications

Books

(2019) The Places where Community is Practiced. How store owners and their businesses build neighborhood social life. Springer. 300 pages.

(2017) Offering “More”? How store owners and their businesses build neighborhood social life. TU Berlin University Press, 330 pages. (dissertation)


Peer Reviewed Book Contributions

(2021) Homemaking through bottom-up arrival infrastructures? An urban studies perspective on (forced) migrants’ making and unmaking of a home in Berlin. In: Paolo Boccagni (Ed): Handbook of Home and Migration. Routledge. 15 pages.

(2021) Homes, Houses, Shelters, Camps? Notions of Conflict and Coexistence in Refugee Accommodations in Berlin and Istanbul. With Hilal Alkan. In Wozniak, U. & Tombas, E.( Eds.). We the City. Cohesion and Conflict in Istanbul and Berlin. Routledge. 25 pages.

(2020/in print) Translocal Practices of Homemaking in Polycontextual Urban Refugee Camps. With Philipp Misselwitz. In Loew, M. et al (Eds.). Das Ende der Globalisierung. Über die Re-Figuration von Räumen. Bielefeld: transcript. 20 pages.

(2020) Architectures of Asylum - negotiating home-making through concrete spatial strategies. With Philipp Misselwitz. In Christmann, G. et al (Eds.). On the Communicative Construction of Spaces. Bielefeld: transcript. 16 pages.

(2020) Nachbarliche Ambiguitäten. Nachbarschaft in der Stadtforschung. In Hamel, H. et al (Ed.) Stadt, Land, Kiez. Eine Digitale Anthologie der Nachbarschaften. Leibniz Zentrum für Literaturforschung. Berlin. 15 pages.

(2020) Home-making in non-homes. Dwelling in refugee accommodations in Berlin and Zaatari. With Amer Darweesh. In Niehaus, I. & Heinz, K. (Ed.). Unbehaust Wohnen: Verheerende wie diskrete Desaster. Perspektiven auf gesellschaftliche Wohnorte und Aufenthalte im Alltäglichen. Bielefeld: transcript, 30 pages.

(2018) First arrivals: The socio-material development of arrival infrastructures in Thuringia. In: Meeus, B., Van Heur, B., Arnaut, K. (Eds.) Arrival Infrastructures. Migration and Urban Social Mobility, Palgrave Macmillan. Cham, pp. 179 – 205.     

(2018) Vom Schrumpfen zur Integration. Alltagsleben von Geflüchteten in Thüringens drittgrößter Stadt Gera. (From shrinking to integration. Everyday life of refugees in the city of Gera) With Franziska Werner. In Eckardt, F. (Eds.) Ungeliebte Nachbarn. Anti-Asyl-Proteste in Thüringen. Transcript Verlag, pp. 129 – 143.

(2017) Businesses as Neighborhood Contact Sites: Some policy implications. Anja Besecke, Josiane Meier, Ricarda Pätzold, Susanne Thomaier (Eds.). Stadtökonomie – Blickwinkel und Perspektiven, Berlin, Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin., pp. 128 – 132.   

(2017) Vom Schrumpfen zur Integration? Thüringens Willkommenskultur und die sozialräumliche Integration von Flüchtlingen in Gera. (From shrinking to integration. Thuringia’s welcoming culture and the socio-spatial integration of refugees). With Franziska Werner, in: Lessenich, S. (Eds.) Geschlossene Gesellschaften. Verhandlungen des 38. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Bamberg 2016, Vol. 38, 11 pages.

(2016) Paradigmenwechsel vom Schrumpfen zur Integration? Thüringens ‘Willkommenskultur’ und die Stadtentwicklungspolitik. (Paradigm shift from shrinking to integration? Thuringia’s ‘welcoming culture‘ and urban development policies) Wüstenrot Stiftung: Tagungsband Wohnungsleerstände in Deutschland – Ausmaß – Wahrnehmung – Reaktionen, pp. 325 – 335.    


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

(2021/planned) Urban Arrival Infrastructure Practices. Homemaking ‘from Below.’ City & Community. 20 pages.

(2020) Architectures of asylum: Making home in a state of permanent temporariness. With Philipp Misselwitz. Current Sociology. doi.org/10.1177/0011392120927755, 19 pages.

(2020) “Steigemann. ‘Multi-culti’ vs. ‘another cell phone store‘: Changing ethnic, social, and commercial diversities in Berlin-Neukölln. In: Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: an Interdisciplinary Journal, 12:1, 83-105. doi.org/10.5130/ccs.v12.i1.6872

(2018) Planning the Ideal Refugee Camp? A Critical Interrogation of Recent Planning Innovations in Jordan and Germany. With Ayham Dalal, Amer Darweesh, and Philipp Misselwitz. In: Urban Planning, Special Issue: European Cities Planning for Asylum. Special Issue, Volume 3, Issue 4, 20 pages.

(2017) Social practices in a café: community through consumption? Geographica Helvetica, 72(1), 45, pp. 45-54.        

(2016) A Welcoming Policy in Post-Socialist East Germany. With Frank Eckardt, Franziska Werner, Forced Migration Review 51, pp. 67-69.


Other Articles and Publications

(2019) Tempohomes. Untersuchung sozial-räumlicher Aneignungspraktiken von Geflüchteten in ausgewählten Berliner Gemeinschaftsunterkünften. With Misselwitz, P., Dalal, A., Muth C., and TU Berlin students, Research Report in cooperation with Landesamt für Flüchtlingsangelegenheiten LAF.

(2018) New Diversities and Urban Arrival Infrastructures on Sonnenallee in Berlin. With TU Berlin Students. Edited Research Report, 41 pages, habitat-unit.de/files/finalreport.compressed.pdf.
(2015) Willkommensstädte. Studienprojekt der Werkstatt Sozialraumanalyse. (Welcoming Cities. Research Report of the workshop socio-spatial analysis) With Frank Eckardt, Franziska Werner. Abschlussbericht für den Thüringer Minister für Migration, Justiz und Verbraucherschutz, 41 pages, available via www.uni-weimar.de/fileadmin/user/fak/architektur/professuren_institute/Stadtforschung/Dokumente/Projekt_Willkommenssta__dte_Abschlussbericht_27_7_2015.pdf.

(2013) Kommunikationskonzept Turmstraße - Bericht zur Stärkung der lokalen Identität. Bezirksamt Mitte/Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung, 60 pages; short version with 12 pages available via www.turmstrasse.de/oeffentlichkeitsarbeit/kommunikationskonzept.html.

(2012) No Strings Attached?! Kontakte im öffentlichen Raum, Edited Project Report with MA Students, ISR TU Berlin, 120 pages.

(2009) Book Review on Derek Hyra’s The New Urban Renewal, International Journal for Urban and Regional Research IJURR, pp. 717 -719.


Invited Talks

Invited Lectures, Conference Papers and Presentations

(2020) How to appropriate public space from below? An intersectional approach to public space and art interventions. Input Lectures for Theatre Fragile/ NRW Urbanes Labor, Detmold, Nov 17-20

(2020) What it takes to make a home. Homelessness in Berlin. Canadian Cultural Funding/ Canadian Center for Architecture film screening and lecture event series at Haus der Statistik and feldfünf, Oct 21-23  (invited lecture and discussant)

(2020) Spatial politics in refugee accommodations in Berlin. Sonderveranstaltung SFB 1265 goes DGS. 40. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie: Gesellschaft unter Spannung (digital), Sept 14-25

(2020) Building an Academic Career in Times of Crisis: Responding to Pressures and Needs of Early Career Researchers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Southern Africa Cities Conference, , Johannesburg (digital), Aug 31- Sept 4

(2020) Urban Planning and Infrastructures of Consumption. Invited lecture for Shopping 2040 Research Project, Chair of Urban Design and Urbanization, TU Berlin, June 12 (digital invited lecture)

(2020) Spatial Justice in the 21st Century. Opening Lecture for the 4th WITS-TUB Urban Lab Summer School, Witwatersrand University Johannesburg, South Africa, March 28 (digital key note)

(2020) Qualitative Research Methods for Urban Studies. Interdisciplinary Research Methods Workshop. Witwatersrand University Johannesburg, South Africa (digital invited lecture)

(2020) New Arrival Infrastructures in the City of Berlin, Germany. Faces of the City Seminar. School of Architecture & Planning, Witwatersrand University Johannesburg, South Africa, March 17 (digital invited lecture)

(2020) Housing for the 99% = Housing for Migrants. Housing Lecture. School of Architecture & Planning, Witwatersrand University Johannesburg, South Africa, March 18 (digital invited lecture)

(2019) Stadtentwicklung und soziale Infrastrukturen auf der Karl-Marx-Straße (Urban Renewal and Social Infrastructures on Karl-Marx-Straße). District Authority of Neukölln Senate of Berlin, Dec 6 (invited lecture)

(2019) Was ist Nachbarschaft? Wie geht Nachbarschaft? Über Nachbarschaftskonzepte und -diskussionen in der Stadtforschung. (What is neighborhood? Neighborhood concepts and debates in urban research) Center for Literature Research: Literaturtage, Berlin, Nov 22-23 (invited lecture)

(2019) Interdisziplinäre Stadtforschung. Aktuelle Trends und Herausforderungen für Stadtsoziologie und Urban Studies. (Interdisciplinary urban research. Current Trends and Challenges for Urban Sociology and Studies) Meeting of DGS Section Urban Sociology, Berlin Nov 15

(2019) ‘This is where Community is Practiced.’ Local Businesses and Neighborhood Social Life. German Congress for Geography DKG, Kiel, Sept 23-30

(2019) Spatial Practices and Belonging in New Arrival Cities. Session JS_RN35_RN37_09: Bordering and policing. 14th Conference of the European Sociological Association Europe and Beyond: Boundaries, Barriers and Belonging, Manchester, United Kingdom, Aug 20-23

(2019) Mass Social Housing in Berlin. The Social City. Urban Development and Housing Projects in Berlin and Naples in the post-war area – a comparison: theoretical models, implemented projects, social and political impacts today. University of Naples, June 25-29

(2019) Urban Development and Migration. Planning of Diversity? Dorhuk-Berlin Summer School, DAAD Cooperation with Universities in Iraq, Berlin, June 19-22

(2019) Neighborhood Diversities and Arrival Cities. Session: Conflict and Coexistence, Conference: “We the City”. Plurality and Resistance in Berlin and Istanbul. Humboldt-University of Berlin, May 23-25

(2019) Urban Global Governance Futures. Invited Lecture and Expert Roundtable at Hertie School of Governance for the Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogues program (GGF), Berlin, May 24 (Invited Lecture)

(2019) Urban Migration and Urban Refugees. Methoden der ethnologischen Feldforschung. TU Darmstadt: Berlin Summer School, May 10

(2018) Everyday Diversities in Arrival Cities. Advanced Research Collaborative Seminar, CUNY Graduate Center, New York City, Nov 29 (Invited lecture)

(2018) The Future of Urban Studies. Urban Studies Workshop, CUNY Graduate Center, New York City, Oct 15 (Invited lecture)

(2018) Architectures of Asylum. A glocal perspective from Zaatari, Jordan and Berlin, Germany. Session: Design for Asylum: Architecture, Urban Space and Forced Migration, International Association for Forced Migration (IASFM): Whither Refugees? Restrictionism, Crises and Precarity Writ Large, Thessaloniki, Greece, July 24-28

(2018) Spaces of belonging in architectures of asylum? Urban refugees' agency in the production of space in Berlin, Germany and Zaatari, Jordan. Session: Cities for whom? Exploring urban issues and forced migration with innovative and participatory methods, International Association for Forced Migration (IASFM): Whither Refugees? Restrictionism, Crises and Precarity Writ Large, Thessaloniki, Greece, July 24-28

(2018) Architectures of Asylum – Making a Home in a State of Permanent Temporariness. With Philipp Misselwitz. Session: Researching Home: Choices, Challenges, Opportunities, RC43 Housing and Built Environment, XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology: Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities, Toronto, Canada, July 15-21

(2018) Spaces of belonging in spaces of asylum? Urban refugees' agency in the production of space and place in Berlin, Germany and Zaatari, Jordan. Session: Creating welcoming communities: Local immigration and integration policies, AAG Annual Meeting, New Orleans, April 8-14

(2018) Urban refugees' agency in the production of space and place in Berlin, Germany and Zaatari, Jordan – a geography of (dis)integration? With Philipp Misselwitz. Session: Refugees and Immigrants in the City V, AAG Annual Meeting, New Orleans, April 8-14

(2017) Architectures of Asylum – the intersection of technocratic planning and refugees’ agency, Session: Migration und Flucht in der Stadt – Dynamiken nach dem langen Sommer der Migration, Deutscher Kongress für Geographie 2017: Eine Welt in Bewegung • Erforschen - Verstehen - Gestalten, Tübingen, Sept 29-Oct 5

(2017) Urban planning and refugees' socio-spatial appropriation practices, Session: Lokale Aushandlungen und Praktiken von Asyl zwischen Inklusion und Exklusion, Deutscher Kongress für Geographie 2017: Eine Welt in Bewegung • Erforschen - Verstehen - Gestalten, Tübingen, Sept 29-Oct 5

(2017) Architectures of asylum – a glocal perspective from Berlin. With Philipp Misselwitz. Panel: Urban planning and migrants in the city: glocal and transnational perspectives, RC 21 Conference: Rethinking Urban Global Justice: An international academic conference for critical urban studies, Leeds, Great Britain, Sept 11-14

(2017) Learning from Berlin. Introduction to Berlin as the site for new Urban Management with a focus on Co-Production of Knowledge. WITS-TUB Summer School, July 17

(2017) Survival opportunities of “traditional” crafts in upgrading neighborhoods: some policy implications, Panel: Regeneration projects and gentrification processes and diversity in entrepreneurship, Divercities: Governing Urban Diversity Conference, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Feb 8-10 (Invited lecture)

(2016) Vom Schrumpfen zur Integration? Thüringens Willkommenskultur und die sozialräumliche Integration von Flüchtlingen in Gera, with Franziska Werner, Sektion Stadt- und Regionalsoziologie: Sozial-räumliche Integration von Flüchtlingen, DGS Kongress, Bamberg, Germany, Sept 26-30

(2016) Vom Schrumpfen zur Integration?! Thüringens 'Willkommenskultur' als Paradigmenwechsel in der lokalen Stadtentwicklungspolitik? Konferenz: Wohnungsleerstände in Deutschland – Ausmaß – Wahrnehmung, Kaiserslautern, Germany, Feb 4-6

(2016) Introduction to Empirical Research Methods in Social Sciences, IGK Methods Workshop, CMS Berlin, Jan 10

(2015) First arrivals in shrinkage. The physical, communication and social development of arrival infrastructures in Thuringia, East Germany, Urban Arrival Infrastructures. An International Workshop on Migration and Cities in the 19th and 21st Century, Brussels, Belgium, Dec 9-12

(2015) Do I need to grow blond hair to become German? Place Making Practices of Business Owners on a "diverse" Berlin Shopping Street., Panel: The Challenge of Diversity: Does Urban Diversity Contribute to the Ideal City? RC21 conference, Urbino, Italy, Aug 27-29

(2015) Place Making Practices of Business Owners in the course of a Berlin Urban Renewal Program., Panel Networks and encounters in contested spaces RC21 Conference, Urbino, Italy, Aug 27-29

(2015) Do I need to grow blond hair to become German? Place Making Practices of Small Business Owners, 2nd Special Session Retail aspects in Urban Geography and Urban Planning. Immigrant retail geographies, AAG Annual Meeting, Chicago, USA, April 21-25

(2015) 'Behind the curtain, it works' - Small Business Owners' Community Building Practices, 4th Special Session Retail aspects in Urban Geography and Urban Planning, AAG Annual Meeting, Chicago, USA, April 21-25

(2014) The role of commercial/retail activities in place-making. Conference: Frontiers on the Theory of Place-Making (CUNY Student Conference, organized by Sharon Zukin/John Mollenkopf/ Rosemary Wakeman/ Margit Mayer), CUNY Graduate Center, April 3-4

(2014) Local businesses as socially inclusive leisure spaces, Joint Session RC 23/RC 28, International Sociological Association 2014 Conference, Yokohama, Japan

(2014) Shopping for Community? Place Making Practices of Small Business Owners, AAG Annual Meeting, Tampa, USA, April 8-12

(2014) Business Ballet. Ethnography of the Physical and Verbal Interactions in a Neukölln Café., CMS International Ethnography Workshop, TU Berlin, Germany

(2014) Shopping for Community?! Local businesses as main features of urban infrastructure and local social inclusion. Tagung Neue Kulturgeographie XI: Infrastrukturen der Stadt, Universität Bremen, Germany, Jan 3-Feb 2

(2013) Walking for community?! Shopping for community?! How local businesses foster walking activity and related social networking for neighborhood residents, Walk21 International Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities, Munich, Germany, Sept 11-13

(2013) Walking Tour Neighborhood management and policies in Berlin-Wedding, RC 21 Conference 2013, Berlin, Germany, August 31

(2012) Segregation and Housing Politics in Berlin, Auto-Construction Workshop Mexico/ Weimar/ Berlin, Germany

(2012) Leopoldplatz – Showcase of the new bourgeoisie? (Schauplatz einer neuen Bürgerlichkeit) Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften, TU Berlin, Germany

(2012) Socially Inclusive Planning in Berlin, Urban Management Summer School, TU Berlin, Germany

(2011) Social Housing Policies and Socially Integrative City for CUNY Summer School, HU Berlin, Germany


Conference Panels

Conference Panel Organization and Moderation

(2021) Fuzzy Boundary Making. From Social Practices to (Urban) Spatial Practices. With Nihad El-Kayed and Christian Haid. RC21 CONFERENCE 2020: Shaping & Sensing the city. Power, people, place, Antwerp, Belgium, July 6-8

(2019) Spatializing Contemporary Modernities and the Postcolonial Challenge. Plenary Session 1. With Philipp Misselwitz, First International Conference of the SFB 1265: Re-Figuration of Spaces: Mediatization, Mobility, Globalization and Social Dislocation., TU Berlin, Feb 20-22

(2019) Urbanity, Migration, Mobility. Session 7. With Philipp Misselwitz, First International Conference of the SFB 1265: Re-Figuration of Spaces: Mediatization, Mobility, Globalization and Social Dislocation., TU Berlin, Feb 20-22

(2018) Cities for whom? Exploring urban issues and forced migration with innovative and participatory methods, with Franziska Werner, International Association for Forced Migration (IASFM): Whither Refugees? Restrictionism, Crises and Precarity Writ Large, Thessaloniki, Greece

(2018) Die Nachwachsende Stadt - The re-growing City. Public Lecture Series on urban systems, climate adaptation, green economies und governing transformation to sustainability at the Floating University Berlin. With Moritz Ahlert., TU Berlin/floating uni berlin

(2016) City of Refuge - Refugee Accommodations and their Spatial and Social Consequences for the Urban, with Franziska Werner, International Association for the Study of Forced Migration Conference, Poznan, Poland



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