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Call for Abstracts (Deadline: January 24, 2020) / Marketplaces: movement, representations and practices

Call for Abstracts (Deadline: January 24, 2020) / Marketplaces: movement, representations and practices

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – Deadline: January 24, 2020 Marketplaces: movement, representations and practices Editors Ceren Sezer / Delft University of Technology/ Delft, the Netherlands/ c.sezer@tudelft.nl Rianne van Melik / Radboud University / Nijmegen, the Netherlands / r.vanmelik@fm.ru.nl Theme In this edited book, we aim to explore everyday marketplaces as important urban spaces. Obviously these are...
Invited lecture: Urban policy and neighbourhood transformation in the Netherlands

Invited lecture: Urban policy and neighbourhood transformation in the Netherlands

Ceren Sezer is invited by the Lucerne University of Applied Science and Arts to give a lecture about urban policy and transformation of immigrant neighbourhoods in the Netherlands. This lecture will take place during the International Summer School on Interdisciplinary Urban and Community Planning on July 2 2019 . The summer school is organised by the Lucerne University...
Book review: Building Access, Universal Design and the Politics of Disability

Book review: Building Access, Universal Design and the Politics of Disability

Ceren Sezer reviewed Building Access, Universal Design and the Politics of Disability by Aimi Hamraie (2017, University of Minnesota press) for Built Environment. This book provides a critical analysis of the Universal Design from the historical, philosophical and the material perspectives in order to seek an answer to the question on how to make a more...
Lunch talk in Cosmopolis / Brussels Center for Urban Studies

Lunch talk in Cosmopolis / Brussels Center for Urban Studies

Ceren Sezer is invited to give a lunch talk in Vrije Universiteit Brussel – the Brussels Center for Urban Studies about her research on the recent urban transformation processes in Amsterdam. Date: June 6, 2019. Location: Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Geography Dept. – Room F 4.66 – Pleinlaan 2, BE1050 Brussels More information: http://www.cosmopolis.be/news-event/cosmopolis-lunch-seminar-ceren-sezer-tu-delft-visibility-public-space-and-socially      ...
Ceren Sezer is co-chair of AESOP 2019 Congress - Track15: Tourism, public space and urban culture

Ceren Sezer is co-chair of AESOP 2019 Congress – Track15: Tourism, public space and urban culture

AESOP 2019 Congress – Planning for Transition (9-11 July) Venice Track 15_Tourism, Public Spaces and Urban Cultures Co-chairs Ceren Sezer (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands) Gabriella Esposito De Vita (National Research Council and University Federico II, Italy) Stefania Ragozino (National Research Council, Italy) Over the last decade, public spaces have received an attention more than...
Ceren Sezer is invited as a speaker by Cardiff University

Ceren Sezer is invited as a speaker by Cardiff University

Workshop of Knowledge Exchange between Research and Practice on ‘Public Space Design with Social Cohesion and Intercultural Dialogue in mind’ Date: Wednesday, 15 May 2019   10:00 – 15:20 Location: Cardiff University, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU Organizers: Dr. Patricia Aelbrecht, Cardiff University  and Dr. Quentin Stevens, RMIT University, Australia Theme: Over the last two decades, societies...
New chapter: Immigrants' Integration and Social Cohesion in Amsterdam

New chapter: Immigrants’ Integration and Social Cohesion in Amsterdam

Ceren Sezer contributed to a book entitled  ‘Public Space Design and Social Cohesion: An International Comparison’ (Routledge) with a chapter on ‘Visibility of Turkish Amenities: Immigrants’ Integration and Social Cohesion in Amsterdam’. This book is edited by Patricia Aelbrecht (Cardiff University, UK) and Quentin Stevens (RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia) and available at this link. Abstract This...
' The Demise of a Just City? ' Lunch talk at ETH Zurich Future Cities Laboratory

‘ The Demise of a Just City? ‘ Lunch talk at ETH Zurich Future Cities Laboratory

Ceren Sezer gave a lunch talk at ETH Zurich – Future Cities Laboratory about the impacts of urban transformation processes on cultural landscapes of immigrant neighbourhoods in the context of Amsterdam on Friday, 25th of October 2018. The Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) was established by ETH-Zurich and Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) in 2010, and operates...
Invited talk at National University of Singapore

Invited talk at National University of Singapore

Ceren Sezer is invited by National University of Singapore (NUS) to give a talk about the recent urban transformation processes in Amsterdam and their impacts on immigrant neighbourhoods. This lecture will be on Thursday, October 25 at 6p.m in Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment (Lecture room: LR423). Please follow and like us:
Call for papers / Special issue 'The Politics of Visibility in Public Space' / Space and Culture / Sage Publications Inc. 

Call for papers / Special issue ‘The Politics of Visibility in Public Space’ / Space and Culture / Sage Publications Inc. 

CALL FOR PAPERS – Deadline September 16, 2018  ‘THE POLITICS OF VISIBILITY IN PUBLIC SPACE’  Special issue in Space and Culture (Sage Publications Inc.)  https://www.spaceandculture.com/2018/07/ Guest editors:  Ceren Sezer / Delft University of Technology, Urbanism, the Netherlands. Freek Janssens / University of Leeds, School of Geography, United Kingdom. Theme: The visibility of individuals or groups in...
A new article on public life, immigrant amenities and socio-cultural inclusion in Amsterdam

A new article on public life, immigrant amenities and socio-cultural inclusion in Amsterdam

Ceren Sezer published a new article in Journal of Urban Design entitled Public life, immigrant amenities and socio-cultural inclusion: the presence and changes of Turkish amenities in Amsterdam. This article studies the presence of, and the changes in, immigrant amenities in the context of urban renewal processes as well as the implications of these changes in the...
Re-learning public space / An action research event in Amsterdam / 28th - 30th June 2018

Re-learning public space / An action research event in Amsterdam / 28th – 30th June 2018

JOIN US in AMSTERDAM! Re-learning public space: an action-research event to develop an alternative city guide of Amsterdam (June 28-30, 2018). Participation is free of charge and deadline for registration is approaching: May 18, 2018. Further details: https://theurbanpublic.com . This event is organised by the AESOP Thematic Group Public Spaces and Urban Cultures in collaboration with the...
Turkey: freedom of expression in jeopardy

Turkey: freedom of expression in jeopardy

The latest report of the English PEN, the founding centre of the PEN International – an organisation promotes freedom of expression and literature across frontiers – , is about Turkey. The report is entitled Turkey: freedom of expression in jeopardy. Violations of the rights of authors, publishers and academics under the State of Emergency and written...
The Urbanisation of (In)justice - 16-18 May 2018 - The UN Buffer Zone in Nicosia

The Urbanisation of (In)justice – 16-18 May 2018 – The UN Buffer Zone in Nicosia

The University of Cyprus, Department of Architecture invites you to the annual meeting of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP)’s Thematic Group Public Spaces and Urban Cultures, which will take place in the United Nations Buffer Zone in Nicosia in the period between 16th and 18th May 2018. This meeting is organised in...
Now available online!

Now available online!

A serie of essays on Public Space and Urban Justice that Matej Niksic (Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia) and Ceren Sezer (TU Delft) organized and co-edited  for the Built Environment is now available online. Taken together, these essays provide a useful guideline for the ways to study public space to promote urban justice...
A new themed issue for the Built Environment: Public Space and Urban Justice

A new themed issue for the Built Environment: Public Space and Urban Justice

Matej Nikšič from the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia and Ceren Sezer prepared a new special issue for the journal of Built Environment themed “Public space and urban justice”. The issue brings together an international set of cases from Ankara, Amsterdam, Auckland, Beirut, Ljubljana and Medellin, which reflect on the question ”...
Ceren Sezer is invited by the Notre Dame University of Louaize Beirut

Ceren Sezer is invited by the Notre Dame University of Louaize Beirut

Ceren Sezer is invited by the Notre Dame University of Louaize Beirut in Lebanon as an external jury member for the Architecture Final Senior Jury in 23 May 2017.  She was one of the three external jury members. Other jury members were Prof. Peter Walker (RIBA) from University of Salford Manchester and Dr. Alessandro Armando...
Lecture: Mapping as a research tool

Lecture: Mapping as a research tool

Ceren Sezer is invited to give a lecture in Leiden University about mapping as a research tool in 14th April 2017. This lecture will be a part of a series of expert lectures organised for the PhD candidates within the course ‘Mixed Methods in the Social Sciences and the Humanities’. The lecture presents mapping as a creative visual tool, which...
City Street2 Conference, Beirut

City Street2 Conference, Beirut

Ceren Sezer is invited as a track chair and a member of the scientific committee of the Second City Street Conference in Beirut in 9-11 November 2016. She also gave a speech about the activities of the AESOP thematic group Public Spaces and Urban Cultures following the keynote speeches by Dr. Camilla van Deurs (partner, Gehl Architects), Prof. Andreas...
Presentation in Migrinter - CNRS / Université de Poitiers

Presentation in Migrinter – CNRS / Université de Poitiers

Ceren Sezer is invited to present her doctoral work during the seminar ‘Visible & Invisible Space’ in Migrinter – the oldest research institute in Europe on migration –  in the University of Poitiers, France. The seminar is supported by INTERIM Marie Curie Initial Training Network and organised by Dr. Maria Grazia Montella. In her presentation, Sezer presented her co-authored...
Lecture in University of Amsterdam

Lecture in University of Amsterdam

Ceren Sezer is invited to give a lecture in April 2016 by University of Amsterdam about the history of the Amsterdam street markets and their transformation in the context of urban renewal processes. The lecture is a part of a series of expert lectures for the international master students in the program called Age & City &...
Publication: DiSP-The Planing Review "Public Spaces and Urban Cultures"

Publication: DiSP-The Planing Review “Public Spaces and Urban Cultures”

Sabine Knierbein (TU Vienna) and Ceren Sezer wrote about the activities of the AESOP Thematic Group Public Spaces and Urban Cultures (2010-2015) for DiSP The Planning Review (Volume 51, Issue 2, 2015). Thanks to all who have contributed. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02513625.2015.1064652?journalCode=rdsp20   Please follow and like us:
Workshop: III Public Space Biennale in Rome, May 2015

Workshop: III Public Space Biennale in Rome, May 2015

Ceren Sezer initiated and co-organised a workshop on ‘Marketplaces as urban development strategies’ on May 20 2015 during  the III Biennial of Public Space in Rome .  The workshop aims to re-think the role of marketplaces in supporting public life of today’s cities from several aspects: how do marketplaces create a vivid public space? How can...
Publication: the power of places

Publication: the power of places

Georgiana Varna (University of Glasgow) and Ceren Sezer published an article entitled “the power of places” in a non-academic Scottish urbanism journal, Urban Realm. Thanks to the editor, John Glenday, for his invitation. For more information about Urban Realm: http://www.urbanrealm.com/features/512/The_Power_of_Place.html Please follow and like us:
Markets as barometers of urban place, Guest lecture by Dr Kirsten Seale, Moderator: Freek Janssens, Discussants: Ceren Sezer, Asli Duru

Markets as barometers of urban place, Guest lecture by Dr Kirsten Seale, Moderator: Freek Janssens, Discussants: Ceren Sezer, Asli Duru

University of Amsterdam (UvA) Centre for Urban Studies is hosting a guest lecture by Dr. Kirsten Seale entitled Markets as barometer of urban places in April 16, 2015. In her lecture, Dr. Seale will talk about social and spatial narratives of place production in globalised twenty-first century cities through communities and experiences produced in urban markets. By doing...
Call for abstracts: AESOP TG Public Spaces and Urban Cultures, Becoming Local Porto Meeting "Generative Places, Smart Approaches, Happy People"

Call for abstracts: AESOP TG Public Spaces and Urban Cultures, Becoming Local Porto Meeting “Generative Places, Smart Approaches, Happy People”

Join us in Porto for the AESOP TG  Becoming Local Porto Meeting “Generative Places, Smart Approaches, Happy People” 24th – 25th September, 2015 // Deadline for abstract submission:30 April 2015 Hosting Institution: Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto – PORTUGAL AESOP TG Representatives: Burcu Yigit Turan, Gabriella Esposito de Vita Keynote Speakers: Ali Madanipour – (University...
Call for abstracts : Built Environment Special Issue “Public Spaces and Urban Justice" (Deadline for abstracts: June 1, 2015)

Call for abstracts : Built Environment Special Issue “Public Spaces and Urban Justice” (Deadline for abstracts: June 1, 2015)

We are pleased to announce the special issue of the esteemed academic journal Built Environment on the topic of Public Spaces and Urban Justice. This special issue is edited by Matej Nikšič (Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia), Gabriel Pascariu (University of Architecture and Urbanism Ion Mincu, Bucharest, Romania), Ceren Sezer (Delft University...
What is wrong with the University of Amsterdam (or Dutch universities in general) ?  An excellent talk in the occupied Maagdenhuis

What is wrong with the University of Amsterdam (or Dutch universities in general) ? An excellent talk in the occupied Maagdenhuis

The students and the staff of the University of Amsterdam occupied an administrative building of the university – Maagdenhuis in Spuiplein- in February 26 2015. This was a reaction to the decisions of the university administration to sell the university’s properties to the real estate developers. Since then Maagdenhuis hosts a line of fruitful debates,...
Lecture at Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam on Marketplaces

Lecture at Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam on Marketplaces

Ceren Sezer (TU Delft) and Freek Janssens (UvA) gave a lecture on ‘Marketplaces as an urban development strategy’ at Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam as a part a temporary Master program called System D Academy. The Sandberg Institute is the postgraduate department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam. It offers Master’s programmes in Fine Arts (MFA), Interior Architecture (MIA), Applied...
Call for abstracts: The power of places & the places of power

Call for abstracts: The power of places & the places of power

       University of Glasgow is hosting AESOP Thematic Group Public Spaces and Urban Cultures Annual Meeting (4-6 June 2015, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom) ‘Becoming Local’ Series Annual Meeting : The power of places & the places of power Deadline for abstract submission: 1 April 2015 Keynote speakers: Matthew Carmona  (Bartlett School of Planning, UCL) and Panu Lehtovuori (Tampere...
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