Saturday, 11 September


Cities, Crises, and “Collective Impact“: Making Sense of a Booming Reform Model

Chris Katzenberg (Ruhr-University Bochum)

Creating Kid Success For All in Detroit

Cindy Eggleton (Brilliant Detroit, Detroit)

(Re)Segregating Urban Mobility

Robert Gioielli (University of Cincinnati/Carson Fellow LMU Munich)

Panel 5  Urban Futures for All:
Education as Inclusion?

3 p.m. (CET) | 9 a.m. (EDT) | 6 a.m. (PDT)

Long before the current confluence of crises, postindustrial cities have suffered from inequities and divisions along the lines of ethnicity, race, class, and gender. Inclusive, equitable education is often posed as a counter and a key intervention for decisive structural change. For some, this means continuing along established reform paths with renewed urgency. Others call for an emphatic break with the old, and re-imagine urban education, and urban society, from the ground up. This panel picks up the debate at a moment when many divergent future paths seem possible. It invites critical approaches to the intersections of urban education, infrastructures, and their (in/exclusive) social consequences in the US, also extending a comparative lens to cities in Germany.


Since the turn of the millennium, planners and urban policy makers have addressed postindustrial revitalization with a focus on creativity. They compete for the notorious group of “urban creatives,” prioritizing economic aspects of creativity and summoning a commodification of culture. In a local and global context, this creative urban renewal draws on the American frontier narrative: It designates the deindustrialized urban landscape as quasi-wilderness which entails possibilities of exploration for innovative pioneers, sometimes with little regard for structures and identities already in place. This panel addresses the urban creative economy in a transatlantic context, while negotiating the role of art, museums, and cultural institutions in the context of these creative urban re-imaginations.

Panel 6  Artistic Spaces of Possibility

5 p.m. (CET) | 11 a.m. (EDT) | 8 a.m. (PDT)


Creating a Beautiful Memory - Advancing Spatial Equity and Possibility through Art

Ryan Myers-Johnson (Sidewalk Detroit)


Staging the Post-Industrial Frontier in Germany's Ruhr Area

Hanna Rodewald (TU Dortmund University)

“urban impact detritus / suburban impact Gap”: (Un-)Scripting the Neoliberal City

Julia Sattler (TU Dortmund University)

Single-Family Homes in Detroit: Blight and the Aesthetics of Care

Julia Yezbick (Oakland University)


Panel 7  Re-Writing Urban Existence

7 p.m. (CET) | 1 p.m. (EDT) | 10 a.m. (PDT)

Artists, activists, and scholars use counterscripting as a technique of creatively generating awareness and empowerment to write their groups into the fabric of urban spaces. The talks of this panel examine different approaches to re-writing and re-drawing the urban experience of different ethnic communities. Murals, graffiti, (spoken word) performances, among other forms of scripting, serve as a means of writing back – they can therefore be read as disruptive actions in the cultural discourse that forms the city. Groups pushed to the margins of urban society embrace this counter-cultural potential to re-claim their space in the city.

Absenting, Effigy, and the Ghost: Violence and Repair in the Symbolic Lives of Rodney “Glen” King and the L.A. Rebellion

Stephanie Batiste (UC Santa Barbara)


Accumulating Functions and Changing Perception of Murals in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Florian Deckers (University of Duisburg-Essen)

Social Justice, the City, and the Composition Classroom

Colton Saylor (San Jose State University)

Disruption and Rememory Through Creative Writing 

Christiana Castillo (Detroit Artist)