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Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies

Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies

One of the key aims of the Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies is to foster an international network of academic departments and other institutes that are active in metropolitan researches. Currently, the Geography Department, the Institute of European Ethnology and the Institute of Sociology are the foundation of the Georg-Simmel Center.The center is also intended to refer to current issues of metropolitan politics, planning and to contribute to these in multiple ways, for example, through the organization of academic events or publication of specialized papers.



  • Call for Participation
    International Expert Meeting
    "Cities and Historic Textile Complexes: Typology, Good Practice, and Global Perspectives for Conservation"
    Date of the Meeting: April 23-25, 2020
    Location: Berlin, GSC
    Submission Deadline: September 20, 2019
  • Call for Papers
    "The Times are Changing: Cities, Seasons and Urban Life Around the World"
    Conference Date: September 2-5, 2020
    Location: Antwerp
    Sumbission Deadlines: Ocober 1, 2019
    More information
  • Press Conference
    On the 17th of June 2019 Dr. Heike Oevermann and Christoph Sommer took part in a debate around the planned "education and memorial site" at the former border crossing Checkpoint Charlie. 
  • Good Practice for Industrial Heritage Sites
    Results of the research project "Urban Development and UNESCO-World Heritage Sites": an important joint approach for urban development and the conservation of industrial heritage sites.


Think and Drink Series

Check our weekly Think and Drink Lectures, organzed in cooperation with the Urban and Regional Sociology Department