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NOV   2-4,  2022  REGİSTER NOW!-02

We, the City

Democracy and Innovative Practices of Participation in Berlin and Istanbul

Cooperation between Berlin and Istanbul, which dates back to 1989, has developed over the past few decades and the 30th anniversary of this partnership was celebrated in 2019. In the same year, a conference entitled ‘We the City: Plurality and Resistance in Istanbul and Berlin’ was organized, hosting several practitioners, urban activists, and scholars. We, the City in 2019 focused on developing ways to resist the increasing role of undemocratic actors and invited participants to conceive of creating a collective political identity without reducing plurality to uniformity.

The Center for Comparative Research on Democracy at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin organized We, the City 2022 that aims to bring cities and the urban scale to the center of discussions on sources of alternative participatory approaches to identify democratic and egalitarian solutions to global challenges. We the City 2022 aspires to be a platform where actors of cities can discuss, imagine and contribute to the design of participatory, responsive, and emancipatory practices and institutions. We seek to facilitate exchange of ideas and experience to think together about new ways of participation that acknowledge existing inequalities and disadvantaged groups, mitigate inequalities and empower grassroots initiatives, institutions, and citizens.

15:00 Walking Tour: Why We're Here
Registration For the Tour Is Closed
Mohamad Othman
18:00 Opening Lecture And Reception
Ana-Maria Trăsnea
State of Berlin Delegate to the Federation, Permanent Secretary for Active Citizenship, Democracy Support and International Relations
Ertug Tombus
CCRD HU-Berlin
18:30-20:00 Keynote Lecture
Erik Swyngedouw
The University of Manchester
Illiberalism and the Democratic Paradox: Emancipation reworked and the post-politicization of the city
20:00-21:30 Reception
09:30 Registration
10:00-11:30 Round Table Discussion: Critical Legal Engineering in the field of Urban Develepoment and Housing
Joanna Kusiak
University of Cambridge
Benjamin Raabe
Tenancy Lawyer , Republican Lawyers Association (RAV)
Rabea Berfelde
Deutsche Wohnen & Co. enteignen
Pelin Pınar Giritlioğlu
Chamber of Urban Planners, Istanbul
Koray Cengiz
Chamber of Urban Planners
11:30-12:00 Coffee Break
11:30-13:00 Panel Discussion: The Idea of a Democratic City
Moderation: Ertug Tombus
Marta Wojciechowska
King’s College London
Verena Frick
Georg-August Universität Göttingen
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:30 Graduate Workshop Output: What makes the city democratic?
Cemre Yaz Demircioğlu
Yıldız Technical University
Taha Dutoğlu
Yıldız Technical University
Eğinç Simay Ertürk
Istanbul Technical University
Cansu Gösterişli
Istanbul Technical University
Rüya Erkan Öcek
Yıldız Technical University
Merve Deniz Tak
Istanbul University
Tuba İnal Çekiç
Hertie School Berlin
Bora Yerliyurt
Yıldız Technical University
Senem Kozaman Aygün
Yıldız Technical University
Oktay Kargül
Istanbul Planning Agency
Elif Fındıkoğlu
Istanbul Planning Agency
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:30 Film Screening and Discussion
I’ve Come and I’m Gone
(Ben Geldim Gidiyorum)
Director: Metin Akdemir
City and Sound: A discussion with Metin Akdemi and Banu Çicek Tülü
10:00-11:00 Panel Discussion: Democratic Promotion and Participation
  Moderation: Urszula Wozniak
  Michael Künzel
Senate Department for Urban Development, Building and Housing, Head of the Department of Land Use Planning and Urban Planning Concepts
  Gürkan Akgün
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Head of the City Planning Department
  Fatih Dogan
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, City Planning Directorate
11:00-12:30 Round Table Discussion: Experience Sharing: Participatory tools
  Moderation: Funda Oral
  Ulf Gerlach
Berlin Department of Urban Development Building and Housing
  Miray Özkan
Beyoğlu Senin project
  Martin Kasztantowicz
Forum Blankenburger Süden
  Gökçe Dede
Deputy Director of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, City Planning Directorate
  Ferhan Gezici
Istanbul Technical University
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:30 Round Table Discussion: Participation in (im)migration societies
  Moderation: Gülay Türkmen Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)
  Wenke Chrıstoph
Berlin’s State Secretary for Integration and Social Affairs
  Meltem Ersan
Migration Policy Coordinator of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality
  Cihan Sinanoğlu
Deutsche Zentrum für Integrations- und Migrationsforschung (DeZIM)
16:00-17:30 Forum
Public-Civic Collaboration: Cooptation/Mainstreaming
  Moderation: Andrej Holm
Humboldt University Berlin
  Katharina Janke-Wagner
Senate Department for Urban Development, Building and Housing, responsible for project development Rathausblock
  Rebecca Wall & Felix Marlow
Humboldt University Berlin, research group "PCP model projects"
  Ciaran Cross
HOWOGE, Tenant Council
  Pelin Pınar Giritlioğlu
Chamber of Urban Planners, Istanbul
  Funda Oral
17:30-18:00 Closing Session