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The Element of Measures. Theorising Measures in the Visible

A speech I’m giving at International Workshop The Role of Visibility in Academic Evaluation. (E)Valuation Studies in Science and Higher Education November 15‐16, 2018 Humboldt‐Universität zu Berlin Senatssaal, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin workshop_visibility_program + info : https://www.sowi.hu-berlin.de/de/lehrbereiche/wissenschaftsforschung/workshopevaluation

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Book Review – “Cities Contested” Edited by Martin Baumeister, Bruno Bonomo & Dieter Schott

Cities Contested. Urban Politics, Heritage, and Social Movements in Italy and West Germany in the 1970s Available here: https://aro-isig.fbk.eu/issues/2018/2/cities-contested-andrea-brighenti

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Urban thresholds and modes of domestication

A lecture I’m giving today @ERC Homing project led by Paolo Boccagni: https://webmagazine.unitn.it/evento/sociologia/47230/urban-thresholds-and-modes-of-domestication https://homing.soc.unitn.it/2018/10/05/new-seminar-a-m-brighenti-urban-thresholds-and-modes-of-domestication/

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Urban Walls Book Lauch

@ University of Padua , PhD Course in Social Science 15 October 2018 h.10–13 Sala Specchi Via Cesarotti 10-12 Padova locandinaamb_mk15ottobre

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Walls is out!

https://books.google.it/books?id=txBqDwAAQBAJ https://www.routledge.com/Urban-Walls-Political-and-Cultural-Meanings-of-Vertical-Structures-and/Brighenti-Karrholm/p/book/9781138304338  

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Urban Animals – Shifting Ecologies of Proximities

Currently working (day & night…) at this Special Issue with Andrea Pavoni: http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/pgas/jmv06250-rsoc-si-cfp-urban-animals

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Tasting Wine Making Territories

NOW OUT in TASTE • Law and the Senses book series (Eds. Andrea Pavoni, Danilo Mandic, Caterina Nirta, Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos). London: University of Westminster Press. Available in Open Access – https://www.uwestminsterpress.co.uk/site/books/10.16997/book21/ PDF Version

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Beyond rhythmanalysis: towards a territoriology of rhythms and melodies in everyday spatial activities (with Mattias Kärrholm)

NOW PUBLISHED in CITY, TERRITORY & ARCHITECTURE Abstract: The recent, rich scholarship on rhythms, following in the wake of Lefebvre’s book Éléments de rythmanalyse (1992), proves that rhythmanalysis is an important sensitising notion and research technique. Despite its increasing recognition, however, rhythmanalysis has not yet become a proper science as its proponents had hoped. In […]

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Urban Animals – Guest Lecture @ U of Toronto

July 23, h.12:00, University of Toronto, Sidney Smith Hall

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Atmospheres of retail and the asceticism of civilized consumption (with Mattias Kärrholm)

Nout out in Geographica Helvetica – https://www.geogr-helv.net/73/203/2018/

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The Vegetative City

OUT NOW in CULTURE, THEORY AND CRITIQUE The vegetative stratum is a layer of existence that is inherent not only in plants. Here, I propose to look at how vegetative life – or, the vegetative mode of existence – affects cities. The vegetative mode of existence is not focused on activities, routines, achievements. Here appears […]

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Face & The City

Abstract. This piece sets out an exploration of the relations between the city, the body, and the face, seeking to understand in particular how the city and the face could be articulated with reference to an image of the body. It is suggested that the face and the city entertain a kind of privileged affinity. […]

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Urban Walls. Political and Cultural Meanings of Vertical Structures and Surfaces

Volume Edited by Andrea Mubi Brighenti & Mattias Kärrholm. Published by Routledge – Classical and Contemporary Social Theory Series, 2018. https://www.routledge.com/Urban-Walls-Political-and-Cultural-Meanings-of-Vertical-Structures-and/Brighenti-Karrholm/p/book/9781138304338 Informal link to pdf : http://b-ok.xyz/book/3608940/7fc062 In recent years, an increasing number of separation walls has been built around the world. Walls built in urban areas are particularly striking in that they have exacted a […]

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Airspacing the City. Where Technophysics meets Atmoculture

(with Andrea Pavoni) NOW PUBLISHED in Azimuth 10.   In this paper, we seek to show how the notion of technophysics can be applied to better understand the experience of contemporary urbanism. We argue that technophysics exists in dynamic relation to an atmoculture of urban space, whereby the technological and the cultural meet on a […]

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Morphogenesis and Animistic Moments (with Mattias Kärrholm)

On social formation and territorial production NOW published in  Social Science Information – http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0539018418763560   Abstract. This piece explores the issues of morphogenesis and metamorphosis in socio-spatial formations and social assemblages. The specific key provided here to apprehend the issue of ‘form’ is what we propose to call the ‘animistic moment’ in form-taking processes. We […]

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Animals, Sociology, and The City. Theoretical and Methodological Reflections

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Cineforum TRANSIZIONI TERRITORI / 4 – I tempi dei villaggi e delle città al cinema

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The social life of measures

Now published in Theory, Culture & Society 35(1) http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/tcsa/35/1 Abstract Issues of measure and measurement, and their relation to value and values, are of concern in several major threads in contemporary social theory and social research. In this paper, the notion of ‘measure-value environments’ is introduced as a theoretical lens through which the life of […]

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The Visible: Element of the Social

Now Published in Frontiers in Sociology | Sociological Theory Abstract. In the context of a social-theoretical take on the link between social life and visibility, this paper invites to shift the focus from visibility phenomena to “the visible”. A theory of visibility, it is submitted, must be constructed as a theory of the medium. In […]

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Domestic Territories and the Little Humans (with Mattias Kärrholm)

Understanding the Animation of Domesticity Now Published in Space & Culture   Abstract. Domesticity is a complex, multifaceted phenomenon. In this piece, we approach it from the point of view of a general theory of territories. To do so, we attempt to tackle simultaneously the ecological and spiritual dimensions of home by attending the expressive […]

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Discussing Debt and Indebetedness with Jean-Clet Martin

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An interview with Elijah Anderson

From the iconic ghetto to the cosmopolitan and beyond (with Chiara Bassetti) Interview now published in Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa  

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Territoriologia e nomadologia

Questioni e ipotesi per una scienza dei territori

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Questioni aperte sull’abitare alpino contemporaneo

(with Cristina Mattiucci) in Progetto Città-Valli, Quaderno n. 1 – ESSERE CITTADINI IN MONTAGNA brighenti-mattiucci-2017-questioni-aperte  

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Climbing the City. Inhabiting Verticality Outside of Comfort Bubbles (with Andrea Pavoni)

NOW PUBLISHED in Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability   Abstract. Over the last couple of decades, urban sports have been studied – as well as, in many cases, celebrated – as critical forms of using urban space. Urban climbing, a practice also known as ‘street bouldering’, ‘buildering’, ‘structuring’, and ‘stegophilia’, […]

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