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There have been three promising initiatives awarded with a seed grant by the Centre for Urban Studies.

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In October, the Centre for Urban Studies launched a new open call for seed grant proposals, to support and facilitate research initiatives of CUS’ research staff (both permanent and temporary). The grants have the aim to mobilize people and ideas, ‘to plant promising seeds’, to foster interdisciplinary dialogue, and to stimulate original research in the field of Urban Studies. Three grants of up to 2.500 EURO have been awarded in this third round: 


1. Workshop | ‘Horizons, Chronicity & the City’  

Submitted by Alana Osbourne 

This international, two-day workshop aims to be a multidisciplinary event in which  scholars working on issues around temporality and space are invited to debate with researchers at the Centre for Urban Studies/UvA. The workshop will focus on understandings of horizons and the merging of past, present, and future temporalities with the urban. 

Expected output: international participants are invited to write a one-page think piece, so that the invited speakers and other participants can familiarize themselves with each other’s work and bring all their different questions and thoughts to the table for discussion. Liaison with LAMC (Laboratoire d’Anthropologie des Mondes Contemporains) at the ULB in Brussels with PhD and postdoc candidates. 


2. Masterstudio | ‘The Circular City: Planning for Resourcful Cities’  

Submitted by Federico Savini & Zef Hemel 

The studio is a yearly recurring teaching programme consisting of one week full of lectures, activities and workshops around the central theme of circular economy and spatial transformations. It aims to bring together international scholars, Dutch thinkers and activists in the field of circular urban development, students and urban professionals. Classes are open to participants (free for CUS PhD students) upon registration. The results of the studio will be presented during a public debate at Pakhuis de Zwijger.  


3. Conference | ‘The State of Conflict’ 

Submitted by David Laws 

This conference reflects on the significance and changing character of political practices and social relations in the Netherlands through the lens of conflict. It will bring together a diverse group from civil society, government, the private sector, and the research community to analyse and discuss trends in Dutch society. The day is hosted by prof dr Alexander Rinnooy Kan. At the end of the day, the first National Negotiation Award will be awarded, in cooperation with the Dutch newspaper NRC.