The City and the Political is meant to build on top of the foundation of others who we have read. This page is meant to provide a glimpse into additional media that might be useful for the curious mind.

This is a selected bibliography, to give an idea of the kind of background reading the course encompasses.


socio-spatial experience

Alsayyad / Roy — Medieval Modernity: On Citizenship in a Global Era, Space and Polity, Vol. 10, No. 1, 1– 20, April 2006

Baird, George — Public Space: Cultural/Political Theory; Street Photography, SUN, Amsterdam, 2011

Bauman, Zigmunt — Liquid Times, Polity Press, 2007

Berman, Marshall — All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, Verso, 2010

Brenner / Meyer / Marcuse — Cities for People, Not for Profit, Routledge, 2011

Burgin, Victor — In/Different Spaces – Place and Memory in Visual Culture, University of California Press, 1996

Carillo, Francisco Javier — Knowledge Cities: Approaches, Experiences & Perspectives, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2006

De Souza, Marcelo Lopes — Cities for People, Not for Profit, Routledge, 2008

Derksen, Jeff — How High Is The City, How Deep Is Our Love, Fillip 12, 2010

Ehrenreich, Barbara — Dancing in the Streets. A History of Collective Joy, Metropolitan/Holt Books, New York, 2006

Harvey, David — The Right to the City, New Left Review, 2008

Lefebvre, Henri — State, Space, World, University of Minnesota Press, 2009

Lefebvre, Henri — Writings on Cities, Wiley-Blackwell, 1996

Lehtovuori, Panu —  Experience and Conflict: The Production of Urban Space, Ashgate, Farnham / Burlington, 2010

Mayer, Margit — Civic City Cahier 1: Social Movements in the (Post-)Neoliberal City, Bedford Press, London, 2010

Warner, Michael — Publics and Counterpublics, Zone Books, New York, 2005


design and development

Bonsiepe, Gui — Civic City Cahier 2: Design and Democracy, Bedford Press, London, 2010

Condorelli / Weizman — Support, Participation & Relationships to Equity, (link)

Fezer, Jesko — Design For A Post-Neoliberal City, e-flux #17, 2010

Holert, Tom — Civic City Cahier 3: Distributed Agency. Design’s Potentiality, Bedford Press, London, 2011

Miessen, Markus — The Nightmare of Participation, Sternberg Press, 2010

Miessen, Markus — Waking Up From The Nightmare of Participation, Expodium, 2011

Swyngedouw, Erik — Civic City Cahier 5: Designing the Post-Political City and the Insurgent Polis, Bedford Press, London, 2011


politics and economy

Bielefeld, Ulrich — Der Auftritt des Volkes auf der leer geräumten Bühne. Repräsentation, Darstellung und Demokratie. In: Zeitschrift des Hamburger Instituts für Sozialforschung (Hg.) (2011): Mittelweg 36, 20. Jahrgang, Juni/Juli 2011

Boltanski, Luc / Thévenot, Laurent — Über die Rechtfertigung. Eine Soziologie der kritischen Urteilskraft, Hamburg, 2007

Clifford, James — The Predicament of Culture, Harvard University Press, 1988

Marazzi, Christian — The Violence of Financial Capitalism, Semiotext(e), 2011

Mouffe, Chantal — The Democratic Paradox, Verso, Wien, 2005

Mouffe, Chantal — The Return of the Political, Verso, 1993

Osten, Maria von — In Search of the Post-Capitalist Self, e-flux #17, 2010

The Invisible Committee — The Coming Insurrection, Semiotext(e), 2009


philosophy, critique and science

Achebe, Chinua — Things Fall Apart, Anchor (September 1, 1994)

Bueti, Federica — …ment: Social Housing / Housing the Social, …ment/SKOR, Berlin, 2011

Canetti, Elias — The Conscience Of Words, Farrar Straus Giroux, 1979

Delanda, Manuel — A New Philosophy of Society, Continuum International, 2006

Feyerabend, Paul — Against Method, Verso, 1993

Feyerabend, Paul — The Tyranny of Science, Polity Press, 2011

Flusser, Vilem — Proper Noun & Myth, Flusser Archiv Berlin, 2011

Foucault, Michel — Archaeology of Knowledge, Routledge, 2007

Latour, Bruno — Das Parlament der Dinge. Für eine politische Ökologie, Frankfurt am Main, 2010

Latour, Bruno — Der Berliner Schlüssel. Erkundungen eines Liebhabers der Wissenschaften, Berlin, 1996

Latour, Bruno — Reassembling the Social, Oxford University Press, 2005

Latour, Bruno — Wir sind nie modern gewesen. Versuch einer symmetrischen Anthropologie, Frankfurt am Main, 2008

Ranciere, Jacques — The Emancipated Spectator, Verso, 2011

Said, Edward — Orientalism, Vintage, 1978

Steiner, George — Language & Silence, Faber & Faber, 1967

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