6th International Consortium Meeting
8-10 February 2016
The DIVERCITIES team in Milan
The 6th International Consortium Meeting took place in Milan, Italy from 8 to 10 February 2016 at the University of Milano-Bicocca. With the DIVERCITIES project entering its fourth year, there was much to discuss.
Monday 8 February 2016 saw the juniors meet with a full program starting with a session titled ‘How to get published’ given by Rikke Skovgaard Nielsen (Copenhagen). The aim was to provide the junior researchers with valuable tips to help them get their work published, for example in peer reviewed journals and books. Tine Beneker of Utrecht University outlined the upcoming education programme with the remainder of the day devoted to discussions in and around Work Package 7: Fieldwork Entrepreneurs (WP7). Presentations discussing the writing process were given by Clément Rivière (Paris), Dimitris Balampanidis (Athens) and Katharina Kullmann (Leipzig) followed by a brief discussion chaired by Vigdis Blach (Copenhagen). The researchers broke into four groups to consider WP7 reports concluding with a plenary discussion chaired by Ingmar Pastak (Tallinn).
Yuri Kazepov and Giampaolo Nuvolati, Head of the Department of Sociology and Social Research, welcomed the DIVERCITIES team to Milan on Tuesday 9 February. 2016 is an important year for the project, with many initiatives coming to fruition. Tuna Taşan-Kok provided an overview of upcoming plans marking the start of the meeting.
An insight into Work Package 7: Fieldwork Entrepreneurs followed with Ayda Eraydin chairing a series of three intriguing presentations: Dimitris Balampanidis (Athens), Eduardo Barberis (Milan) and Jamie Kesten (London) outlined their findings. Ayda addressed issues concerning the draft reports themselves and highlighted some unexpected discoveries. The reports will be released later in the year and will provide enlightening information on the state of diversity from an entrepreneurial perspective. Stay tuned for details.
Tine Beneker introduced the Educational Programme set to hit selected schools this year. The programme aims to inform students about how diversity works in the community through a series of interactive projects. The programme was tested in Rotterdam, with Tine discussing the results. The next item on the agenda was the City Books with Mike Raco outlining plans and format for the fourteen city books. He asked the researchers gathered to consider what is it that each book will argue and what is being revealed across the cities collectively in relation to diversity.
Work Package 8: Cross-evaluation was the final agenda item of the day with Stijn Oosterlynck outlining plans for the evaluation sessions. The plans garnered much discussion as some changes were proposed ahead of the evaluation group meetings later in the year. A test event will take place in Toronto in May in an effort to resolve any issues before the final meeting takes place, currently scheduled for September in Antwerp.
Parco Trotter. Image: Filip Piotrowski
Next up, a field trip to the research area in Milan on a very wet evening. Guided by Eduardo Barberis, the team made their way to Parco Trotter where City of Sun, Friends of Parco Trotter discussed their work and initiative. Our second stop was ViaPadova36, where we were warmly welcomed by Rossella Sacco, the project coordinator, who gave us an informative and animated overview of the project. Thank you to Roberta Marzorati for her interpreting work. Our long working day ended with an authentic modern Italian meal at Osteria del Treno in La Sala Liberty, itself a rare example of social achitecture at the end of the 19th century. Photos from the field trip can be found here.
The Grand Assembly was held on Wednesday, 10 February with only lead researchers present. They discussed the upcoming Periodic Report and ideas on how to provide junior researchers with exchange opportunties between our partner institutions. The juniors joined the next session where Gideon Bolt provided an overview of plans for the end conference to be held in February 2016, followed by Yuri Kazepov and Eduardo Barberis outlining the program for the Summer School taking place in Vienna later this year.
Daniele Cologna, Fabio Quassoli and Enzo Mingione
One of the highlights of the meeting was the Masterclass. Daniele Cologna (Codici) gave a passionate presentation titled “Integrating diversity. The role of agency and resources mobilisation in hyperdiverse urban contexts” with Fabio Quassoli and Enzo Mingione providing their viewpoints following Daniele’s lecture. Chaired by Yuri Kazepov, the session followed with questions and opinions from the audience. You can watch it and other masterclasses on our YouTube page.
Tuna Taşan-Kok discussed plans for the Policy Makers Handbook including content and format. Both Tuna and Mike Raco discussed publication strategies for researchers in the afternoon sessions followed by a wrap-up of the meeting.