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Arrivals/Departures: European harbour cities
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Arrivals/Departures: European harbour cities

Editorial Harbour cities as places of immigration and emigration, inclusion and exclusion, develop distinct modes of being that not only reflect different cultural traditions and political and social self-conceptions, but also contain economic potential and communicate how they see themselves as part of the larger structure that is "Europe". [ more ]

27.07.2012
 
Eurozine News Item

24th European meeting of cultural journals held in Hamburg

Conference report

Eurozine conference Harbour cities as places of movement, immigration and emigration, of inclusion and exclusion: this was the starting point for this year's Eurozine conference, co-organized and hosted by the journal "Mittelweg 36" and the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. [ more ]

24.09.2012
 
Jan Philipp Reemtsma

A finer Europe

opening speech Opening the 24th European Meeting of Cultural Journals, Jan Philipp Reemtsma recited a text by post-war German writer Arno Schmidt, recalling Europe's "first great cooperative achievement": the observation of the transit of Venus in 1769. [ more ]

03.12.2012
 
Saskia Sassen

Urbanizing non-urban economies

Ports, mines, plantations

keynote speech In this article based on Sassen's speech at the Eurozine conference in 2012, the sociologist explains why and how it is that, far more than in the past, urban space today registers the profitability of non-urban economies. The key is to be found in the rise of intermediate services for firms. [ more ]

15.03.2013
 
Manuel Assner

Colonial roots and current routes

Migration in the harbour city of Hamburg

mobility Manuel Assner conducted a tour of the Port of Hamburg at the Eurozine conference in 2012, providing a history of migration in the multi-ethnic harbour and surrounding districts. In this article based on the tour, he shows how colonial roots remain intertwined with colonial routes. [ more ]

15.03.2013
Mohamed Saďb Musette

North Africa: Urbanization and migration in Algiers

North Africa From Ottoman rule through the colonial period, Algiers' function as military and economic power has been interwoven with processes of migration. Saďb Musette surveys this "histoire croisée" and asks where Algeria's international metropolis is heading in the future. [ more ]

18.10.2012
Joëlle Zask

Marseille: A community of strangers

marseille Lacking any unified vision of itself, Marseille proves the possibility of a good society based on simple co-presence rather than intimate co-existence. As such, it offers an alternative approach to the diversity of Europe as a whole, argues Joëlle Zask. [ more ]

17.10.2012
Britta Söderqvist

Disconnected port

Recycling Gothenburg's maritime heritage

gothenburg From the 18th century until the 1960s, Gothenburg served as an industrial centre for the region and point of arrival and departure for migrants of all nationalities. This social-economic history is all but absent in the "harbour identity" promoted today, writes Britta Söderqvist. [ more ]

17.10.2012
Helmuth Berking

Harbour cities without harbours

bremerhaven From economic powerhouse to cultural destination: like harbour cites throughout the north, Bremerhaven's former docks have been reinvented as a centre for scientific research and symbolic universe dedicated to the local maritime tradition, writes Helmuth Berking. [ more ]

17.10.2012
 
Claus Leggewie

Decadence or renewal?

Deciding the future of the Mediterranean

Mediterranean Regeneration of the Mediterranean region must draw on its legacy of cosmopolitan democracy while offering prospects for ecological, scientific and energy-political development. The Mediterranean may then re-enter the European consciousness as the "Mare nostrum". [ more ]

10.09.2012
Thierry Baudouin, Michčle Collin, Arnaud Le Marchand

Glocal democracy in embryo

On the pioneering role of European harbour cities

citzenship The globalization of the harbour workforce challenges the democratic political culture typical of traditional port cities. As prime examples of the convergence of economics and multi-culture, European harbour cities can lead the way in revitalizing forms of urban citizenship. [ more ]

10.09.2012
Nicole Vrenegor

Next stop sell-out city

Urban activism in Hamburg

protest Is it chance or social class that determines where one gets on and off the bus? "Right to the City" activist Nicole Vrenegor takes the number 3 from Hamburg's outskirts to the new HafenCity development, stopping along the way to talk to people who oppose the sell out of the city. [ more ]

10.09.2012
 
Olivier Mongin

Mega-ports

On the new geography of containerization

velocity Ports as junctures in the globalized transport network, operating mechanisms of access and arrest; the oceans remapped by containerization, cargo-shipping setting the pace of world commerce; harbours as decontextualized zones, nautical memories recycled for heritage. [ more ]

27.07.2012
Anthony Iles

What greatness had not floated on the ebb of that river

London London's relationship to water and to the sea remains central to its role in the global economy and vital to a gamble in which the Olympics play a part, argues Anthony Iles. On the connections between shipping, logistics and the hi-speed, only apparently immaterial world of finance. [ more ]

13.07.2012
Franco Bianchini, Jude Bloomfield

Porous cities

On four European ports

harbour culture Walter Benjamin's description of Naples as a "porous city" absorbent of heterogeneity applies equally to other harbour cities, write Jude Bloomfield and Franco Bianchini. On cultural hybridity, economies of informality and strategies of creativity in four European ports. [ more ]

13.07.2012
 
Marcus Rediker

Ghosts on the waterfront

An interview with Marcus Rediker

slavery Historian Marcus Rediker describes the sailing ship as linchpin of the emergent transatlantic economic order and instrument of terror for slaves transported from Africa, going on to discuss European harbour cities' role in the slave trade and their responsibilities in reckoning with its moral legacy. [ more ]

27.07.2012
Mikela Lundahl

The simple Gothenburger

Colonial elisions in the Swedish self-image

memory The re-launch of an historical merchant ship was supposed to promote Sweden's image as reliable trading partner. But the failure to acknowledge the colonial involvements of the ship's former owner suggests a less flattering story, writes Mikela Lundahl. [ more ]

13.07.2012
Klas Rönnbäck

Traces of ignominy

Gothenburg's French block and Sweden's hunt for colonies

memory Gothenburg's Franska tomten neighbourhood takes its name from a French warehouse established in the eighteenth century through a colonial trade-off between the French and Swedish crowns. Today, the name's origins are largely forgotten, writes Klas Rönnbäck. [ more ]

13.07.2012
 
Dominique Weber

Piratical transgressions, political transgressions

Re-reading Carl Schmitt's "Theory of the partisan"

piracy Recent historiography emphasizing the egalitarian-democratic character of eighteenth-century piracy undermines Carl Schmitt's quasi-legal distinction between partisan and pirate and reinstates the pirate as political actor within the emergent maritime state order. [ more ]

13.07.2012
Stefan Jonsson

The contained

precariat The container is the universal unit of the global commodity society, facilitating the swift exchange of all kinds of product. Precarity, likewise, connotes a basic form of labour that submissively and flexibly adjusts to any form of employment and system of production. [Ukrainian version added] [ more ]

27.07.2012
 

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