[urban interfaces] research group at Utrecht University


22 January 2024
16:00 - 18:00
Grote Zaal/MCW Lab, Kromme Nieuwegracht 20 (entrance via Muntstraat 2A), Utrecht

[urban interfaces] x OCP x GDS: Roundtable Creative Urban Methods

On Monday, January 22nd, [urban interfaces] joins forces with the IOS Platform for Open Cities (OCP) and the focus area Governing the Digital Society (SIG “Inclusion in the Datafied City”) to organize a roundtable event on Creative Urban Methods. The event follows, centers around, and builds upon the recent publication of an edited dossier on creative urban methods in the online journal Mediapolis.

With this collection of articles, the editorial team, consisting of Sigrid Merx, Coco Kanters, Michiel de Lange, and Nanna Verhoeff, aims to explore the merits of creative methods for researching contemporary cities and urban culture. A growing catalog of new and innovative creative methods for urban inquiries demonstrates a wide array of theoretical approaches, critical concepts, and scholarly techniques. This dossier presents seven articles that think through the epistemological and ethical grounding of specific creative methods developed in direct response to particular, situated inquiries that are all, in their specific ways, related to, and responding to various (inter-)local, urban realities.

The event will start by offering some of our dossier’s authors the possibility to introduce their articles. Authors Anastasia Hacopian, Noortje van Amsterdam, Irina van Aalst and Gery Nijenhuis, Inte Gloerich and Gabriele Ferri, and Karin van Es will pitch their articles and share their works’ most pivotal points. Afterward, the authors and audience will be joined by guest speakers from urban studies and creative methods to discuss and think about creative methods with and about cities. We will close the event with some drinks.


Prof. dr. Karin Rebel

Prof. dr. Martijn Oosterbaan

Dr. Joost Vervoort

Interested in attending the event? You can sign up via this link.

If you have any questions regarding the event, or if you would like to join the event online, please do not hesitate to reach out to the [urban interfaces] team at urbaninterfaces@uu.nl.