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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Institut für Europäische Ethnologie | Termine | Institutskolloquium im Wintersemester 2018/19

Institutskolloquium im Wintersemester 2018/19

Wann 29.01.2019 von 14:00 bis 16:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC100) iCal
Wo Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, Raum 0007

The Only Game in Town? Anthropology and the Housing and Real Estate Markets in Berlin

Studierende, Tomás S. Criado & Ignacio Farías (HU Berlin)


Today, maybe more than ever in the last decades, housing and the real estate markets are becoming a growing global concern, and more particularly in Berlin. Many seem to have clear ideas on how these markets work: gentrification, displacement, speculation, eviction, residential alienation appear to shape the current urban condition. The logic of the housing and real estate market might seem to operate like that of Monopoly, but is this ‘the only game in town’?

This study project, proposed by I. Farías & T. Criado, has developed an inquiry into these matters with a plural gaze into the logics of housing and real estate markets in Berlin, unfolding several ethnographic projects that have singularly paid attention to different forms of economisation and politicisation in a wide variety of contested urban settings and with diverse actors of the city.

Hence, throughout the past year, and working in groups, 8 research projects have been developed focusing on, say, the fraught encounters between real estate agents and flat-seekers, the peculiar becomings of AirBnB super-hosts, the training and working life of private investors, as well as the quandaries of diverse institutional agents – such as publicly-owned building companies – or activist movements – people experimenting with tiny houses, living in public spaces or searching for cooperative answers. 

Together with this, in the last stages we have been experimenting with game design as a relevant form of developing alternative ways for anthropological public engagement, inspiring us to re-design our ways of conveying anthropological knowledge and, potentially, intervening in ongoing controversies, such as this one.

In this presentation, we will discuss our findings with relevant literature on the anthropology of markets, and we will share what we have learnt.


The presentation will be held in German. 

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