ToRS Urban Studies Network (TUSN) – University of Copenhagen

ToRS Urban Studies is a loosely organized network of researchers at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies (ToRS) working with cities and urban issues within numerous disciplines, across a broad geographical expanse and within a deep temporal spectrum: from the earliest signs of urbanity to hypermodern cities and beyond.

The aim of the network is to inspire cross-disciplinary, cross-regional and cross-temporal discussions on the social, cultural, political and economic life of cities, as well as to present the diversity of urban studies at ToRS for peers and the public.

Current members are engaged in research spanning from the early civilizations of the ancient Near East and the medieval Islamic world to modern Mexican villages, Iranian oil towns, Indian sprawls and megacities in China. Drawing on ToRS’ key strength – language-based area studies and cross-cultural, comparative studies – the network aims to build capacities for a field of truly global urban studies.

Through informal meetings and research seminars, the network facilitates thematic and interdisciplinary discussions – most recently the international seminar Urban Life Across the Globe: Provincializing the ‘Western Metropolis’. Members of the network are also involved in establishing a Master’s Elective in Global Urban Studies and a summer school in ‘Urban Culture in Theory and Action’, which will be launched Fall 2015.

The network is affiliated with The Faculty of Humanities’ initiative Urban Culture Lab.

For more information or to become a member, please contact the network coordinator, Rasmus Christian Elling.