City, Diversity, and Geopolitics -seminar 2.10.2017

City, Diversity, and Geopolitics -seminar

Date: Monday, 2 October 2017
Time: 13:15–16:30
Place: Virta Building, Lecture Room Ls 120, University of Tampere

The two prestigious keynote speakers of this afternoon seminar address urban spaces as sites of multiple diversities, contestations, and conflicts and explain how this relates to banal geopolitics.

Professor David Kaplan (Kent State University, USA) discusses the attempts to categorize and understand the ways in which cultural diversity manifests itself in urban space and how we can consider the differential nature of multicultural neighborhoods. His empirical work relates especially to Paris.

Dr. Adam Ramadan (University of Birmingham, UK) talks about one of the most basic and ubiquitous spaces of urban hospitality, the hotel, connecting it to urban architectures of (in)security, war, displacement, and peacemaking. Hotels in the Middle East and the Balkans exemplify how these spaces act as projections of soft power and targets of political violence, but also provide ‘emergency’ hospitality and care.


13:15–13:30 Welcome by Professor Pauliina Raento
13:30–14:15 Keynote lecture by Professor David Kaplan ”Conceptualizing Multicultural Neighborhoods”
14:15-14:30 Reflections by Dr. Elisa Pascucci

Coffee Break

15:00–15:45 Keynote lecture by Dr. Adam Ramadan “Hotel Geopolitics: Urban Hospitality on the Front Line
15:45–16:00 Reflections by Docent Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto
16:00–16:30 Discussion

The Seminar is open to the public, free of charge. Please register for coffee by Thursday 28 September via

The seminar on City, Diversity, and Geopolitics is funded by the University of Tampere School of Management and Academy of Finland key project TRUST.


David Kaplan is Professor of Geography at Kent State University in Ohio, USA. He is also Editor in Chief of The Geographical Review and co-editor of National Identities. He has edited and authored several books, most recently the monograph Navigating Ethnicity: Segregation, Placemaking, and Difference, by Rowman and Littlefield Publishers (2017).

Adam Ramadan is Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Birmingham, UK. Dr. Ramadan’s work lies at the intersection between political and cultural geography. His research addresses the ‘everyday’ of geopolitics, how ordinary people understand and negotiate their position within broader geopolitical dynamics. Much of this work has focused on the Middle East and refugee issues.

Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto is Academy of Finland Senior Fellow at the University of Tampere and Docent of Political Geography at the University of Helsinki. Her research focuses on cultural memory studies, political geography, and migration studies. Dr. Kuusisto directs the Academy of Finland key project TRUST on the transcultural belonging of unaccompanied refugee minors.

Elisa Pascucci is Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Tampere. Her work focuses on refugee and humanitarian geographies of North Africa and the Middle East. She is interested in the materialities and economies that characterize humanitarian spaces. Her recent publications include analyses of sociomaterial infrastructures in the provision of refugee shelter in urban areas and of the politics and ethics of research access in humanitarian spaces.

Pauliina Raento is Professor of Regional Studies at the University of Tampere Faculty of Management and Research Associate of Space and Political Agency Research Group (SPARG) of the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in Research (RELATE). Her work on geopolitics relates to visualization, nationalism, identity politics, boundaries, and non-human agency. She works on the Horse in Finland Research Project, funded by the Kone Foundation.


Seminar Schedule: JKK_City_Seminar_2-10-17

Keynote lecture: Newcomers in the city

TRUST-project leader Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen giving keynote in “Heterogeneity in the city -seminar” (17.3.2017). The seminar focused on the ways in which people are using the cities, discussing what kind of agency different people have in cities and understanding how planning can support these multiple agencies and needs. Keynotes were given by Professor Robert Beauregard and Academy Fellow Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen. Anna-Kaisa’s talk focused on practices through which the refugee and migrant youths aim to understand the city and create spaces of belonging.


keynote Newcomer in the city
Photo: Henna Luoma-Halkola