Out of the Box: Crossing Boundaries, Interdisciplinary Methods, Visual Communication 

Workshop: Seminar, Walkshop and Roundtable by Carolin Genz and Aylin Yildirim Tschoepe

In this workshop, we will go beyond the proverbial “box” that limits our imagination and sets disciplinary boundaries toward the engagement of interdisciplinary methods. Berlin will be our urban laboratory as we focus on visual communication and embodied experiences in the city. We will explore techniques of observation and documentation through writing, mapping, tracking, sketching. Developed out of our experience as anthropologists/designers, participants receive a fieldnote box which accompanies them.

The workshop consists of three parts: a short seminar (we touch upon methods from ethnography, design), a walkshop through a specific neighborhood of Berlin which we explore and document through the fieldnote materials, and a roundtable where we provide a platform for discussing and sharing information gathered during our site visit. Please make sure to attend all three.

Drinks will be provided at the beginning of the seminar, and we will have lunch as part of our walk through the city.


Carolin Genz is an Urban Anthropologist. She holds a master degree in European Ethnology and Urban Cultures from Humboldt-University of Berlin (2009-2013) and is currently Research Fellow at the Department for Cultural and Social Geography at the Humboldt-University since 2015. Specifically, her research focuses on practices of production and appropriation of space, such as protest and network practices in the light of the housing crisis. As an anthropologist in the intersecting fields of human geography and urban studies, she constantly develops ethnographic methods to capture the socio-spatial constitution of the urban. Furthermore, she is an Associate Researcher in the Collaborative Research Centre 1265 "Re-Figuration of Spaces."
Carolin Genz participated in the 2013 summer school "History Takes Place" of ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius which focuses on urban studies.


Aylin Yildirim Tschoepe is an anthropologist, architect and instructor. Since her doctoral studies at Harvard University (Graduate School of Design, Middle Eastern Studies, Anthropology, Gender Studies), she engages in research with actors involved in and impacted by urban and social transformation. Interested in methodological explorations and questions of new forms of urbanity that arise from productive contest, she organizes seminars, lectures and workshops around the engendering of cities. As postdoctoral scholar, she is currently involved in an interdisciplinary SNF project at the University of Basel and the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Switzerland, where she studies the role of images as part of a larger actor network in social negotiation processes.
Aylin Yildirim Tschoepe also participated in the 2013 summer school "History Takes Place" of ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius which focuses on urban studies.