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Contact

Dr. Martin Bickl
Goethe University
Campus Westend, PEG Building
60323 Frankfurt
Germany

Tel.: +49 (0)69 798 18105

Email:
bickl(at)em.uni-frankfurt(dot)de

 

Dr. Mathias Diederich
Goethe University
Campus Westend, PEG Building
60323 Frankfurt
Germany

Tel.: +49 (0)69 798 15090

Email:
m.diederich(at)em.uni-frankfurt(dot)de

The University and the City

See documentation of the conference here.

A joint conference of Goethe University Frankfurt and the University of Toronto

Frankfurt, 21-23 October 2010

„The University and the City“ aims to explore interrelations between higher education institutions and their urban locations. Often universities are “in the city” but not “of the city” and have little connection to their host cities beyond the immediate environment of their location. The conference brings together researchers and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and examines city-university relations from a sociological, architectural, political and economic perspective. Around 20 panelists explore the multi-faceted city-university relations in four sessions over two days: overlapping built forms, interacting communities, urban culture and the university, and the university-city nexus as a national force. The keynote speeches are delivered by George Baird, former Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto and expert on architectural theory as well as Saskia Sassen, Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and the London School of Economics and expert on globalization, urban development and international migration. The conference culminates in a reception at the historic Frankfurt City Hall hosted by Frankfurt’s Lord Mayor, Petra Roth.

The conference location at Goethe University’s brand-new city-centre parkland campus is a primary example for the newly-developed ties between the City of Frankfurt and its University and allows comparison with the situation at Toronto where the University occupies its own unique neighbourhood just east of the city centre and has played a major role in redeveloping the area. The conference is the seminal event for the formal partnership between the University of Toronto and Goethe University which grew out of a lively 20 years of twinning between the two cities.