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Visiting researchers

The Institute always hosts guest researchers from Germany and abroad, who use the infrastructure of the Institute and present their projects for discussion.

Dr Karol Kurnicki

has a PhD in sociology from Jagiellonian University (2015). He was recently a WIRL-COFUND Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick. His project at Warwick investigated car parking in the context of social practices and infrastructures. This project also looked at digitalisation of immobility and social media as tools to publicise social situations of mobility.

During his stay at the IfL he will continue his work on digital mobilities. One part of this is an academic article pertaining to the construction of publics in and through digital mobility infrastructures. Second is a speculative science-fiction story about transformations of urban mobilities in line with datafication and the development of artificial intelligence. This aims to contribute to thinking about urban futures as well as challenges resulting from technology in urban transportation. Lastly, at the end of the fellowship the workshop about digital applications for mobility will take place. This design-oriented exercise will be used to critically approach digital technology and think about social and public aspects of changes in mobility.



Anett Árvai

is a PhD student at the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Hungary. Her research focuses on urban policy mobilities on the example of the smart city concept in Hungary. During her Erasmus+ traineeship from September 2020 until January 2021 at the IfL, she would like to gain a broader theoretical and methodological basis to her research. With the help of the IfL library, she seeks a deeper theoretical knowledge on spreading processes of urban policies and smart cities as well. Discussing her main findings with the experienced researchers of the IfL is another goal of her staying.



Dilşad Aladağ

is an architect and researcher from Turkey. She is currently pursuing her graduate study in European Urban Studies at the Bauhaus University of Weimar. She has worked in several architecture offices, been part of exhibitions and film projects and co-founded an urban collective called “Plankton Project”. Her project “the Garden of (not) Forgetting” which she conducted with Eda Aslan since 2017 received several research and production funds. Her main focus areas are the disruptive potential of architecture, emerging urban heritage conflicts in Europe and specifically in Turkey and the role of civil society organizations in these conflictual situations.

During her research stay, Dilşad Aladag will explore the Tempelhofer Feld Public Debates through the urban heritage perspective. As a result of long years of formal and informal public participation, not only the future of The Tempelhofer Feld but also of the city, Berlin, has changed. Therefore, her research aim is searching the value of civil society activities as part of urban heritage and the place of public struggle in the collective memory of Berliners.