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Research Committee 21 (RC21) of the International Sociology Association, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR), the Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies (FURS) and Humboldt University at Berlin invite applications for 25 places on our third collaborative School on Comparative Urban Studies, to be held in Berlin from 17 August to 3 September 2013. The School is being held in conjunction with the RC21 Conference on the theme of “Resourceful Cities”, to be held on 29-31 August.

As in previous years, the School will focus on the interaction of theory and methodology in the study of the city. The School will address three broad themes:

  1. The value added of comparative research in urban studies and the changing nature of the urban question. How and why are cities across the world changing, and with what consequences?
  2. What new research tools and methodologies are appropriate to making sense of the changes occurring in contemporary urban society? How should we make use of or combine, ethnographic research and the analysis of quantitative data?
  3. Are our theories appropriate for the study of contemporary urban form and society, especially in the global South where we often apply theories of the global North without regard to the specificities of old and new urban contexts in the South?

Lectures will cover topics cutting across these themes considering the theory and practice of comparison, linking theory and method, and providing insights into quantitative and ethnographic methods. Classes will focus on the global North and global South. Special attention will be paid to our host city, Berlin, and other cities in Germany.

The School follows the precedent of the inaugural and second Schools held in São Paulo in 2009 and Amsterdam in 2011 in providing younger scholars with an opportunity to learn from established scholars, from diverse disciplines and parts of the world, through both formal classes and informal interaction. The School will also help younger scholars to present, discuss and prepare for publication their own work. Formal sessions will be spread across twelve days. Sessions will typically comprise presentations by two senior scholars, discussions, and student presentations. Participants will be required to prepare in advance and complete assignments during the School. In addition one day will be set aside for dedicated sessions of how to get work published (both as books and in journals) and how to raise funds for research. Participants will also be able to enroll on guided tours around parts of Berlin, and time will be scheduled for them to meet informally with senior scholars for detailed comments on their assignments, with the goal of helping students to learn how to prepare and organize work for presentation at an international conference and publication in an international journal. Participants will receive an e-reader with the syllabus well in advance. The language of the School will be English. Students will also be required to present a paper at and participate fully in the RC21 conference.

Confirmed speakers at the School include: Matthias Bernt (Leipzig), Talja Blokland (Humboldt, Berlin), Neil Brenner (Harvard, Cambrige), Tim Butler (Kings College, London), Claire Colomb (University College, London), Christine Hentschel (Humboldt, Berlin), Andrej Holm (Humboldt, Berlin), Ares Kalandides (InPolis, Berlin), Yuri Kazepov (University of Urbino and President of RC21), Henrik Lebuhn (Humboldt, Berlin), Eduardo Marques (CEM, São Paolo, BR), Margit Mayer (Freie Universitaet, Berlin) Mike Raco (University College, London), Jeremy Seekings (Cape Town, ZA) and AbdouMaliq Simone (University of South Australia).

The fee for the course is 1000 Euro. This amount covers the organizational costs and includes shared accommodation for 17 nights (in double rooms), a welcome reception, the e-reader, the final dinner, the registration fee for the conference and RC21 membership for 4 years. For those who do not need accommodation, the fee is 350 Euro.

Funding from FURS and RC21 allows us to offer approximately 15 scholarships to students from developing countries (classified as B or C by the ISA (see: http://www.isa-sociology.org/table_c.htm). Scholarships will provide a flat rate contribution to travel expenses, local shared accommodation from 17 August (arrival) to 3 September (departure), fees for the School and the Conference, the reception and final dinner, etc. The scholarships will not cover daily subsistence expenses (meals, local transportation costs, …).

Application forms will be available online at www.rc21.org from February 2nd. The deadline for applications is Friday 24th February 2013. If applicants have not already submitted an abstract for the RC21 conference (see http://www.rc21.org/conferences/berlin2013/), then they must include an abstract with their Summer School application.



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