The City and the Pragmatic Turn

International Conference and PhD-course
Afholdt: Copenhagen 5-6 November 2015 

On November 5-6 2015 a two-day international conference and PhD course entitled ‘The City and the Pragmatic Turn’ were held in Copenhagen.

Aim of the conference
The aim of the conference is to assemble researchers that in recent years have been engaged in the encounter between urban studies and pragmatism (mainly the sociology of engagements and ANT/AIME) in order to take stock of the overall results until now: the conceptions of cities and urbanities involved; the ways of investigating the design and planning of architectures, urbanities and urban landscapes; the interrogations of activism and cosmopolitics; the question of ecological crisis and urban change. 

International Conference and PhD-course
The two days will be divided into a one-day international conference with invited speakers. This part will be open to the public (November 5). The second day will consist of a PhD course, which will not be open to the public (November 6). The language is English.

The speakers on November 5th
Albena Yaneva (keynote) and Laurent Thévenot (keynote) and in parallel sessions: Luca Pattaroni (Geneve), Michael Guggenheim (London), Simon Guy (Lancaster), Alberto Corsín Jiménez (Madrid), Matthias Kärrholm (Lund), Ole B. Jensen (Aalborg), Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt (Roskilde), Christian Borch (Copenhagen), Anne Tietjen (Copenhagen), Martin Severin Frandsen (Roskilde), Birgitte Hoffman (Copenhagen) and Anders Blok (Copenhagen).

Program for the conference November 5th 2015

The PhD course
The PhD course falls into three parts: 
1) participation in the international conference on November 5th
2) reading selected papers on the theme of the course/conference
3) submitting a short paper (max. 3.000 words) on own research as related to the theme of the course/conference, for discussion on November 6th.

More information on readings will be communicated to participants after the registration deadline. Participation in all three parts is considered equivalent to a 3 ETCS workload.

Participation fee and registration
Participation in the conference only on November 5th is free and you do not need to sign up. Registration and participation fee is needed for the Ph.D.-course. Deadline for registration for the PhD course is extended to October 19th 2015 by sending an e-mail to with following information: name and working place.

More information regarding the the PhD course

Organized on behalf of
Centre for Strategic Urban Research (CSB), Aarhus School of Architecture & Centre for Science, Expertise and Society (CEVES), Department of Sociology (SI), University of Copenhagen

Niels Albertsen, Prof. Emeritus, Aarhus School of Architecture (
Anders Blok, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen(