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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
  • On the 9th of September 2019 a colloquium with experts took place around the debate of the planned "education and memorial site" at the former border crossing Checkpoint Charlie. Christoph Sommer from the GSC was on of the experts.
  • 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.
  • Call for Papers
    "The Times are Changing: Cities, Seasons and Urban Life Around the World"
    Date of the conference: September 2-5, 2020
    Location: Antwerp
    Deadline: Ocotober 1, 2019
    More Information
  • BarCamp "Claiming Heritage!"
    Your city is different. Which places make it special? Why should they be kept? Who stands up for them? On October 5, 2019 the working group AG 2020 from ICOMOS Germany organizes a BarCamp under the topic »Claiming Heritage!«
    Location: Werkstatt der Kulturen, Wissmannstr. 32, 12049 Berlin
    Sign up till September 30, 2019


Think and Drink Series

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