From 13 - 24 July 2020, the Independent School for the City will organize the international summer school Superdiverse Rotterdam, led by Sociologist-Urbanist Arnold Reijndorp, Designer-Cineast Neeltje ten Westenend and Crimson Historians & Urbanists. Apply before April 19th to get your early bird discount.
Regular tickets are available for 500 euro. Early bird discount (450 euro) for everyone registering before before April 19th. You can buy your tickets directly trough stager ticket service, or you can send us an email to pay by invoice.
The city of Rotterdam is typical of many industrial port towns in its demographic make up. The city has more poor and more international inhabitants than most other cities. This creates a specific set of challenges and opportunities, and it also carries a specific urban culture, one that is more dynamic and often more complex to understand and see, using conventional means. During this Summer School we will try to make sense of this culture, try and find ways to recognize, visualize and describe it, without judgment.
Rotterdam is a member of an international family of cities that have earned the title of ‘superdiverse’. Superdiverse means that there is no longer a majority of native Dutch people that dominates the community. The ethnic Dutch have become a minority amidst others, the largest minority perhaps, but still a minority. Superdiverse cities like Rotterdam bring with them a next stage in the integration process, where ethnicity no longer is the most important let alone the sole factor with which people define themselves. Instead of the old dividing lines superdiversity seems to create new connections. Not only do ethnicities get mixed, communities also start being based on other factors like religion, profession, sexual orientation or neighborhood. In other words: the simple pie chart of ethnicity becomes mixed up into a collection of overlapping and mixing colors.
Such a transformation is nearly impossible to catch using the conventional bureaucratic and scholarly statistics. To see it we have to go on the streets, in the restaurants, listen to the radio and go on social media. To make sense of it, to synthesize it in a new model of how the city actually works, we need to learn how to draw new kinds of charts and maps. This labour will also produce a new sense of spatiality, with implications for planners and designers working on superdiverse cities like Rotterdam.
Led by Sociologist-Urbanist Arnold Reijndorp and Designer-Cineast Neeltje ten Westenend a team of teachers and researchers will work with the participants on developing a set of maps and diagrams and on collecting visual and oral – and not to forget: tasty, savory and smelly - data from those parts of Rotterdam where superdiversity is manifest. The programme contains various inspiring lectures, excursions around the city, collective and individuals assignments, fieldwork and discussions.
The course schedule will follow soon