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Many cities today highlight their diversity – mostly cultural diversity – as part of the struggle through which they (re)position themselves in relation to other cities both within and across state boundaries. Cities are constantly reinventing their diversities and migrants are one of the crucial actors of this process. This project is a comparative analysis of the ways cultural diversity, migrant incorporation and transnational networks and the processes of urban renewal become intimately intermeshed in the context of neoliberal urbanism. It explores the relationship between the dynamic restructuring of urban life and the variation in migrants' insertion into local economies and politics within a global perspective in cities of different scale, namely in Vienna, Linz, Berlin, Essen, Budapest, Pecs and Marseille. The project studies, on the one hand, the relations and networks of migrants as being shaped by the restructuring of cities, and on the other as contributing to the repositioning of cities. Such an approach allows us to study migrant relations, work and culture very differently than they have been traditionally conceptualized. Furthermore, contrary to the wide spread tendency in cultural diversity research where cultural diversity is easily equated with the study of migrants’ presence and co- habitation, this project embarks on a political economy of cultural diversity.


Project Duration: 1.7.2012–31.12.2014

Project Leader: Dr. Ayşe Çaǧlar  

Funding Institution: Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF)

Scientific Staff: Claire Bullen (Marseille, Manchester University), Florian Huber (Vienna & Linz, University of Vienna), Melinda Szabo (Budapest & Pecs, CEU Budapest), Baris Ulker (Berlin & Essen, Metropolitan Program, Berlin)

Senior Advisor: Nina Glick Schiller (Manchester University) 

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