Urba001
Small city life: urbanity in cities "off the map"

Convenors:
Brigitta Schmidt-Lauber (Institut für Europäische Ethnologie Universität Wien)
Anna Eckert (University of Vienna)
Georg Wolfmayr (Department of European Ethnology, University of Vienna)
Stream:
Urban
Location:
A122
Start time:
23 June, 2015 at 10:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

While it is often urban life in big cities which is at the centre of scientific, political and social attention, many urban realities "below" these metropolises are neglected despite the fact that most Europeans live in smaller cities. The panel aims to bring these urban realities back "on the map".

Long abstract:

It is often the "culture of the metropolis" or a "cosmopolitan" and "metropolitan" habitus in the global and world cities in Europe like London, Paris, Berlin or Vienna which constitutes the centre of scientific, political and social attention. Many urban realities "below" these metropolises are neglected although most Europeans live in smaller cities. In this respect this panel aims to bring these urban realities, which are seldom part of urban theorizing and urban discourse, and which are perceived as less urban or displaying a deficient urbanity, back "on the map". We consider three approaches: Knowledge Scapes of Urban Theorizing: Many cities in Europe are not represented within scientific research. How does the landscape of urban theorizing look like? Where are the focal points of the production of urban knowledge and which cities are studied the most/least? How does urban theory "move" across different urban realities? Relations between Cities and the Sense of one's Place: Cities are embedded in relations to other cities, through which they are given certain symbolic-material positions, which in turn produce symbolic capital and are connected with urban practices and imaginary. How are these relations produced by different institutional actors and enacted and experienced by local residents? Ethnographies of Smaller Cities: Still missing are ethnographies of daily lives, practices, pursuits, and modes of experience of people living in small- and medium-sized cities. The aim is to broaden urban studies with a systematic examination of small- and medium-sized urbanities.