Georg-Simmel Center for Urban Studies


The Georg-Simmel-Centre sees it as an essential task to ensure the transfer of knowledge. To achieve this goal, regular events are organized und coordinated - both within the university and internationally. 



Think & Drink


The Department of Urban and Regional Sociology in cooperation with the Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies is presenting the Think & Drink colloquium, where national and international speakers present contemporary themes in urban research. The colloquium will take place during the semester on Mondays from 6 pm at Universitätsstraße 3b, Berlin 10117, Room 002.

After the discussion there will be a small „get together“  with snacks and drinks.

Further information can be found under the following link: Think & Drink


Students' Conference and Georg Simmel Price 

The students' conference of the Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Research (GSZ) serves as a networking platform for an interdisciplinary exchange between young academics with an interest in urban research. During the conference all participants have the opportunity to present their thesis and discuss current issues of metropolitan research.

The best work is awarded with a monetary reward of 250 Euro for the best bachelor thesis and 500 Euro for the best master thesis, subject to the condition that the degree was obtained at the Humboldt University of Berlin and the final examination was passed with a minimum grade of 2.0.


The Student Conference takes place annually. You can find the past award winners here.



Every two years, the Georg Simmel Centre promotes outstanding research in the field of metropolitan studies with the Hartmut Häußermann Prize "Soziale Stadt". The prize is awarded to authors of monographs (e.g. dissertations or post-doctoral theses) that address questions of social and cultural inclusion and exclusion in cities and the resulting challenges for urban policy. The Hartmut Häußermann Prize is donated by Dr Ruth Jacob.

All further information on the Hartmut Häußermann Prize and past prize winners can be found under this link.


Stadtlabor for multimodal Anthropology


In the ‘Stadtlabor for multimodal anthropology’, we would like to unfold a double agenda:

1) The Stadtlabor should open up a forum for academic and non-academic researchers interested in practices, promises, processes and problems of city-making. Our idea is to develop something we have started calling ‘an anthropology of urbanism’, paying particular attention not only to the modern urban design discipline and its role in governmental formations, but also to insurgent, everyday and more-than-human ways in which cities are being re-designed and re-made. Following a ‘near ANT’ approach, we aim to explore socio-material articulations and onto-epistemic controversies surrounding current urban transformations.

2) The Stadtlabor should also become a space where to experiment with what a multimodal urban anthropology might involve, that is, one that resorts to material productions, in order to reflect and intervene in processes of city-making. Accordingly, we would like to render the Stadtlabor a working space, that is, a workshop or even a studio, where all sorts of projects could be developed in collaboration with different urban actors.


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