Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies


The Georg-Simmel-Centre sees it as an essential task to ensure the transfer of knowledge. To achieve this goal, regular events are organized und coordinated - both within the university internationally. 




Think & Drink


The Department of Urban and Regional Sociology in cooperation with the Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies is presenting the Think & Drink colloquium, where national and international speakers present contemporary themes in urban research. The colloquium will take place during the semester on Mondays from 6 pm at Universitätsstraße 3b, Berlin 10117, Room 002.

After the discussion there will be a small „get together“  with snacks and drinks.

The program of the current semester is available at the website of the Department of Urban and Regional Sociology.


Students' Conference and Georg Simmel Price 

The students' conference of the Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Research (GSZ) serves as a networking platform for an interdisciplinary exchange between young academics with an interest in urban research. During the conference all participants have the opportunity to present their thesis and discuss current issues of metropolitan research.

The best work is awarded with a monetary reward of 250 Euro for the best bachelor thesis and 500 Euro for the best master thesis, subject to the condition that the degree was obtained at the Humboldt University of Berlin and the final examination was passed with a minimum grade of 2.0.


The call for the students' conference 2021 can be found here.



The Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies at Humboldt-Universität Berlin is awarding the Hartmut-Häußermann-Preis "Soziale Stadt" the 11th of April 2019 at the Senatssaal, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.

The prize goes to outstanding monographs that realize an interdisciplinary, educational, and social oriented urban research. The prize, donated by Dr. Ruth Jacobs, is endowed with a 3.000 Euro prize and will be awarded every two years by the Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies.

Hartmut Häußermann's research stands for an urban research commited to social reconnoitring. It is investigating classical questions of sociology about integration and societal change using the example of modern urban society and in doing so is bearing in mind its emancipatory as well as its destructive potentials. In Häußermann's work cities are not only discussed as expression and compression of social dynamics, but also as a politically constituted research-object and an independent space of design. Häußermann analyzed his main research-topic, the causes, manifestations, and consequences of social and cultural inequality in cities, from three different perspectives: as an expression of fundamental societal structures, as a result of current processes of urban development, and as fields of action in urban policy. For him the social city was his object of research as well as the aim of urban governance. His initiative for neighborhood management in Berlin as an instrument of urban policy with a focus on inhabitants provides a modell for research, that comes into effect in practical city life.

At the same time one of Hartmut Häußermann's major achievements is the international embedding of his educational and social oriented urban research and the organization of multifaceted research cooperations. Similarly another one of his achievements is his understanding of urban research as an interdisciplinary task. At the Humboldt Universität Berlin, at which he was head of the department of urban and regional sociology, he was a founding member of the interdisciplinary Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies.

The Hartmut-Häußermann-Prize is sponsored by Dr. Ruth Jakabo.

With the kind support of Humboldt-Universitäts-Gesellschaft (HUG).


The call for the Hartmut-Häußermann-Prize 2021 can be found here.


Stadtlabor for multimodal Anthropology


In the ‘Stadtlabor for multimodal anthropology’, we would like to unfold a double agenda:

1) The Stadtlabor should open up a forum for academic and non-academic researchers interested in practices, promises, processes and problems of city-making. Our idea is to develop something we have started calling ‘an anthropology of urbanism’, paying particular attention not only to the modern urban design discipline and its role in governmental formations, but also to insurgent, everyday and more-than-human ways in which cities are being re-designed and re-made. Following a ‘near ANT’ approach, we aim to explore socio-material articulations and onto-epistemic controversies surrounding current urban transformations.

2) The Stadtlabor should also become a space where to experiment with what a multimodal urban anthropology might involve, that is, one that resorts to material productions, in order to reflect and intervene in processes of city-making. Accordingly, we would like to render the Stadtlabor a working space, that is, a workshop or even a studio, where all sorts of projects could be developed in collaboration with different urban actors.


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