Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies

Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies

One of the key aims of the Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies is to foster an international network of academic departments and other institutes that are active in metropolitan researches. Currently, the Geography Department, the Institute of European Ethnology and the Institute of Sociology are the foundation of the Georg-Simmel Center. The center is also intended to refer to current issues of metropolitan politics, planning and to contribute to these in multiple ways, for example, through the organization of academic events or publication of specialized papers.



Interdisciplinary Colloquium "Housing in Berlin" at the GSZ

The colloquium "Housing in Berlin" will be offered at the GSZ in the summer semester of 2022. Students from Berlin universities who are writing their final and qualifying theses (BA, MA, PhD) on a housing policy topic can now register to participate in the Interdisciplinary Colloquium "Housing in Berlin" at the Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies in the summer semester.

Further information: GSZ-Housing-Colloquium

UrbanOpen: Digital database for outstanding theses in the field of urban research online!
Our digital database for theses UrbanOpen has recently gone online. Outstanding theses in the field of urban research written at the GSZ's supporting institutes are published there.
The collection is primarily aimed at students who would like to be inspired about topics, questions and methods in the context of their own final thesis.
The database was created as part of a GSZ project funded by the HU Academic Senate's programme for digital media in research, teaching and studies.
UrbanOpen can be found under the following link.

Walk & Talk

Dear Friends of the Think & Drink Colloquium,
we are pleased to announce that in June and July 2021 we will resume our program in a new format adapted to the pandemic situation: Walk & Talk!
Walk & Talk dates will always be on Mondays from 6:30 to 8 pm. Since the number of participants is limited to 25 people, registration is requested. Proof of a current-day test result and compliance with Corona's protective order is mandatory for participation. In addition, please refer to the faculty guide for conducting face-to-face formats during the pandemic. Up-to-date information on space availability for each Walk & Talk date will be posted on the GSZ homepage.
Start points for the tours will be communicated via email. 

Please send registrations to Medina Diedrich:


05.07.2021: "New participation formats at the House of Statistics" (Mitte) with Carolin Genz CANCELLED

12.07.2021: "Neighborhoods of welcome" (Kreuzberg) with Nihad El-Kayed & Leoni Keskinkılıç Places available

Interview by the rbb with Prof. Dr Talja Blokland on the pandemics consequences on Berlin and its inhabitants

Where many people live close together, the virus spreads particularly quickly, they say. The rbb asked: What is it like to live under these conditions in a Neukölln social housing neighborhood? Urban sociologist Talja Blokland says: We should definitely not get used to empty streets.
The interview can be heard here.


Think and Drink Series

Check our weekly Think and Drink Lectures every semester, organized in cooperation with the Urban and Regional Sociology Department. 


The current programme and Covid regulations can be found here.

Institute Colloquium European Ethnology

Every tuesday, members of the department of European Ethnology present and discuss their current projects.


The current programme can be found here.