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AIAS Fellows' Seminar: Tijen Tunali

Urban Aesthetics and Gentrification: From Citizens as Sensors to Participatory Citizenship

Info about event


Monday 22 June 2020,  at 14:15 - 15:15


Online via Zoom

Due to the corona crisis and the physical lockdown of the university and the physical distancing, the seminar will be held online, via Zoom:



The current presence of art in the urban space illustrates the constant negotiation between power and resistance and there is a growing need to recognize art’s multiple, conflicting and uneven relationship with gentrification and displacement. The seminar first introduces the theoretical, discursive, economic and political aspects of urban aesthetics and the accumulated discussions on art’s positive role in gentrification, then diverts the focus to the growing phenomenon of cultural and artistic protests and resistance in the gentrified neighborhoods.

Short bio

Tijen Tunali is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research focuses on contemporary aesthetico-political practices and relations in art activism and radical social praxis. She was a 2018-2019 Le Studium/ Marie Sklodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Tours-France. She received her BS from Istanbul University in Business Administration/Economics, BA in Fine Arts from the State University of New York at Binghamton, MA in Visual Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo and PhD in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the University of New Mexico.  

See Tijen Tunali's project at AIAS

What is a Fellows' Seminar?

The AIAS Fellows' Seminar is a session of seminars held by the AIAS fellow or by other speakers proposed by the fellows. In each seminar, one fellow will present and discuss his/her current research and research project, closing off with a question and discussion session.

All seminars are held in English and open to the public. Registration to the seminar is not necessary.