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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.



  • GSZ and SFB1265 started survey about life during Covid19

    Strict restrictions on contact, the closure of restaurants, bars and cultural institutions, the loss of professional existences - the measures to contain the corona pandemic have had a major impact on our everyday lives.  To this end, an online survey for Berlin and the surrounding area was launched on July 20, at https://corona.hu-berlin.de.

    Both page and survey can be accessed in German, English, Turkish and Arabic.

  • Student urban research group is looking for participants

    In their current project, the student (urban) research group at the GSZ is dealing with the relationship between alternative food systems and so-called "informal urbanization". In the context of this project, the group is looking for students who would like to participate in the project with different case studies from the Global South.

    A call in German language can be found here. First Meeting: October 15, 2020.

    Contact: goeznicolas@gmail.com

  • Student Conference at the Georg-Simmel-Center
    We are happy to announce Leonie Thies the winner for the best Bachelor thesis and Leoni J. Kesklinkılıç the winner for the best Master thesis.

  • Scientific Advisory Board
    The Council of the GSZ has decided to establish a scientific advisory board, which is responsible for our Centre in the near future. 

  • Prof. Dr. Felicitas Hillmann
    From June 2020 Felicitas Hillmann will be a guest at GSZ. Her research interests are at which points migration and urban development practice (can) produce social innovations and how changed mobility regimes have an impact on cities. www.felicitashillmann.com

  • Study in Cooperation with TU Berlin
    The GSZ together with the TU Berlin participated in the special tender Grand Challenge Pandemic of the Berlin University Alliance and developed the project "Getting things done in a city on hold. How SARS-COV-2 affected practices of urban care".

  • GSZ goes Twitter
    The Georg-Simmel-Center is now on Twitter! Visit our new account and follow to always stay up to date with our work.

  • Why we should stop acting like teachers at home
    Prof. Talja Blokland has written a blog post for Friedrichs Bildungsbolg. Find the whole article online here.
  • Urban sociological voices on the Corona crisis
    In an interview for the Berliner Zeitung ("Großsiedlungen: Hier treffen Ausgangsbeschränkungen die  Berliners besonders hart") and in the Urban Political Podcast ("Inequalities of the Lockdown"), Prof. Dr. Talja Blokland spoke about the effects of the Corona crisis in the city. 


Think and Drink Series

Check our weekly Think and Drink Lectures every semester, organzed in cooperation with the Urban and Regional Sociology Department. 
Find the last semester's programm attached.