M. Rosengren

Wastelands of difference? Urban nature and more-than-human difference in Berlin and Gothenburg

My PhD research examined the relation between notions of ‘living with difference’, ‘unplanned’ urban nature, and official urban planning in Berlin and Gothenburg. Founded on the contention that urban wastelands may engender new versions of public space, it explores what these spaces of socio-ecological entanglements and more-than-human agencies can tell us about our capacity to live with difference in European cityscapes today.

You can read more about it here.

This research forms part of the ERC Advanced Grant research project Rethinking Urban Nature. You can read more about it here.

Open planning, closed city

In 2014 I examined the issues of spatial, residential and socio-economical segregation in Göteborg [Gothenburg], Sweden, through the practices of the city’s urban planners and architects. Using practice based research methods (classic ethnographic methods and applied visual anthropology) together with a theoretical entwinement of phenomenological ideas of space and place and the Deluezian and Guattarian notions of power, I spent the late spring and summer of 2014 in the field, following several urban planners in their professional and everyday lives.

This research resulted in my MA thesis “Open planning, closed city” and an audio-visual installation of the same name (see “Anthropological framings through sound and image” in Audio/Visual).

Some visual excerpts from the thesis may be found here to the right.