Book launch and discussion
with Kristen Sarah Biehl, Tuba İnal-Çekiç, Aslı Odman, Sema Semih, Sister Sylvester, Anna Steigemann, Urszula Ewa Woźniak and other authors of the book.
In the face of uninhibited neoliberal restructuring, Berlin and Istanbul have for the past decade been subject to various forms of political polarization and social injustice. As a result, the struggles for affordable housing, access to public space, fair labor, ecological justice, and the right to live differently have intensified. Various forms of resistance “from below” have put the relationship between local governments and social movements to the test, provoking questions about where and how the city’s political subjects emerge. Blending dialogues, essays, and critical reflections, the e-book investigates the ways in which the residents of Berlin and Istanbul experience, express, and resist the physical, political, and normative reordering of their cities, and asks: Who are We, the City?
The event is organized with the kind support of JOVIS Verlag as well as the Center for Comparative Research on Democracy (CCRD), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in collaboration with CLB Berlin. The CCRD is funded by Stiftung Mercator and Einstein Foundation Berlin.