Research Collaboration Meeting with Humboldt University

A group of academics from Humboldt University in Berlin will be visiting FASS in mid-August. Prof. Julia von Blumenthal has requested a meeting with urban scholars to discuss possible research collaboration/partnership. The meeting will be at 2pm on Tues 13th August at the Research Division Seminar Room (AS7, 6-42). You can download the poster here.

Prof. von Blumenthal, who is Dean of Cultural and Social Sciences, will be accompanied by Prof. Vincent Houben, Professor of Southeast Asian History and Society, and Dr. Frederik Holst, Regional Coordinator Asia and Australia, International Office.

For those of you who are interested in research collaboration in urbanisms with Humboldt U, you can find information about Georg-Simmel-Centre for Metropolitan Studies, an interdisciplinary research centre at HU here:

Additionally, the homepage of the chair for urban and regional sociology at the department of social sciences is available here:

Talja Blokland and her team are – together with international partners – preparing the Berlin – Hyderabad – and Jakarta project.


The venue’s address is 5 Arts Link, Shaw Foundation Building (S), 117570. To get to the Research Division Seminar Room, walk straight past the restrooms after exiting the elevator, then past the glass door on the left, and one door on the right. The seminar room is in front of you at the end of the corridor.

The themes that have been flagged by Prof. von Blumenthal as possible areas for collaboration/partnership are listed below (although there is no reason why discussion should be restricted to these):

– Comparative urbanism, including Asian cities (Jakarta and Hyderabad were specifically mentioned)

– Issues of urban fear and safety (in both marginal and elite spaces)

– ‘Massification’, or the clustering of social, economic and political power (and associated inequalities)

– Building upon existing research network funding from the British Leverhulme Trust

– Graduate student exchange and/or virtual workshopping

Please RSVP to me at fasrda at nus edu sg if you would like to attend as space is limited. Tea/coffee and snacks will be served.