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Lecture by Fenne Pinkster (University of Amsterdam) ASCA Cities seminar (Post)Pandemic Urbanism, Friday, 12 February 2021, 15:00-17:00, online (for registration, please send an email to c.j.birdsall@uva.nl)

Event details of Living in the pandemic city: Diverging emotional geographies of staying home
Date 12 February 2021
Time 15:00 -17:00

The emergence of Covid-19 has dramatically rescaled every lives to our homes and its direct surroundings. For many, the first lockdown has meant an intense rediscovery of our homes as urban public space suddenly became a source of exposure and everyday routines in the city were disrupted due to closure of shops, restaurants and bars, cultural and educational institutions. To understand how the nuclearization of our lives to the home has led Amsterdammers to re-evaluate their living arrangements and sense of belonging in the city, we conducted a survey amongst Amsterdammers at the end of the first lockdown, followed by in-depth interviews with a sub-sample of respondents. Findings show that for some staying at home during the first lockdown has fostered a sense of privilege, while destabilizing others’ feeling of home. In this workshop I will discuss these diverging experiences, exploring how the pandemic exposes existing inequalities in the city in the ability to make a home for oneself and at the same time also transforms and reconfigures residents’ sense of home.

Fenne Pinkster is Associate Professor Urban Geography, University of Amsterdam. Her research explores how residents experience, use and produce urban space, studying the different ways in which neighborhoods form meaningful places for residents (or not) and raising questions about place-based processes of in- and exclusion, feelings of belonging and loss, encounters with difference, and place-making and place-claiming. For more information, see: www.uva.nl/en/profile/p/i/f.m.pinkster/f.m.pinkster.html

For the semester 2 programme of the ASCA Cities seminar, see:Lecture by Fenne Pinkster (University of Amsterdam) ASCA Cities seminar (Post)Pandemic Urbanism, Friday, 12 February 2021, 15:00-17:00, online (for registration, please send an email to c.j.birdsall@uva.nl)