In this seminar we approach urban diversity, including questions around belonging and community, urban inclusion and exclusion, through a focus on the sensory. In sociology, the sensory is usually disregarded or viewed as an accessory methodology. However, as urban studies scholars have shown, focusing on the senses (e.g. sound, smell, taste) provides us with new, relevant perspectives of how diversity (including the production of race) is experienced, contested, and/or daily enacted. Based on historical accounts of the role of the sensory as well as more recent studies, the students will then conduct their own 'sensory walks' in various neighborhoods of Berlin. 

Semester: SoSe 2024