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An evening in Pakhuis de Zwijger on the proliferation of amenities and middle-class cultural consumption, and their interrelationship with identities, life styles and the urban commons.

Detail Summary
Date 28 March 2019
Time 20:00
Coffee automobile

The proliferation of new amenities—varying from specialty coffee bars, beer breweries, ‘ethnic’ home decoration stores—has propelled new forms of cultural consumption in our cities today. It can be argued that clusters of amenities constitute (urban) scenes, i.e. settings that structure shared cultural consumption. These social and cultural processes—manifested through and driven by cultural consumption—do not only impact the way city dwellers identify themselves and how they position themselves vis-à-vis others, but also affect in more general terms the sense of place, the sense of belonging and eventually the right to the city for all.


Dr. Elias le Grand, senior lecturer at the Department of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University

Dr. Willem Boterman, assistant professor Urban Geography at the University of Amsterdam

Dr. Wouter P.C. van Gent, assistant professor at the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam

Dr. Baris Ülker, research fellow at the Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technical University Berlin

Dr. Levent Soysal, associate professor at the Department of New Media, Kadir Has University, Istanbul

Location and Organisation

This event takes place at Pakhuis de Zwijger, EXPO, and is part of a joint program of action by, amongst others, Prof. Jan Rath (Center for Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam). Admission is free of charge, but please register with Pakhuis de Zwijger via the page below.