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Mathilda Rosengren (BA (Hons), MA)

Mathilda Rosengren (BA (Hons), MA)

PhD Student in Geography

My PhD research examines the relation between notions of 'living with difference', 'unplanned' urban nature, and official urban planning in Berlin and Gothenburg. Founded on the contention that urban wastelands may engender new versions of public space, it explores what these spaces of more-than-human agencies can tell us about our capacity to live with difference in European cityscapes today.

Biography

Qualifications

  • 2014 Master of Arts, Visual and Media Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2010 Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Anthropology and Media, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • 2007 Diploma A in Art History and Visual Studies, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg

Funding and awards

  • Continuing Research Studentship - GARS, Newnham College, University of Cambridge (2016)
  • Fieldwork Grant - University Fieldwork Fund, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (2016)
  • Research and Travel Grant - GARS, Newnham College, University of Cambridge (2016)
  • Transferrable Skills Grant - Transferrable Skills Fund, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (2016)
  • PhD Studentship Award - European Research Council funded project "Rethinking Urban Nature" (2015-2018)
  • MA Study Grant - Stiftelsen Kjellberska Flickskolans Donationer (2012)
  • BA Study Grants - Stiftelsen Kjellberska Flickskolans Donationer (2007, 2008), Willinska Stiftelsen (2007, 2008, 2009)

Research

Contemporary Western urban planning has been accused of encouraging an illusion of a cosmopolitan society of difference whilst cementing socio-economical inequalities. This 'illusion' of a heterogeneous cityscape permeates not only the built form but also the articulation of urban nature. Parks are constructed to emulate the 'wild' and 'unmanaged' nature of wastelands, yet they predominantly result in spaces of managed (bio-)diversity, rarely allowing for 'different' ways of living.

Building on social scientific, philosophical and architectural bodies of work, my PhD research examines the relation between ideas of 'living with difference', 'unplanned' urban nature, and official urban planning in Western Europe. Founded on the contention that urban wastelands may engender new versions of public space, it explores what these spaces of more-than-human agencies can tell us about our capacity to live with difference today.

Employing both primary and secondary data, I am currently conducting fieldwork (combining classic and visual ethnographical methods) among urban planners, activists and decision-makers in Berlin and Gothenburg - two Western European cities with significantly different approaches to urban wastelands, the former broadly recognising their relevance, the latter largely disregarding them - with the aim to ultimately generate an interdisciplinary, qualitative and comparative study of the entwinement of nature, social difference and the urban.

Publications

Peer reviewed

  • Rosengren, M. 2015. "Memory and digital technologies - a reflection on remembering in a virtual world", Politics of Place - a journal for postgraduates, Issue 02: Technology, University of Exeter, pp. 60-81

Exhibitions / screenings

  • Piano - A silent experiment in visualising urban sound, rhythm and form, silent Super 8 short film, camera & analogue editing: C Miranda Scherffig, M Sturny & M Rosengren
    Public screening - Projecto Lacuna, Alfinete Galeria, Brasília, Brazil (10 July 2015)
  • Anthropological framings through sound and image - co-curated and co-organised
    Degree show MA Visual and Media Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (24-27 October 2014)
  • Open planning, closed city, audio-visual installation
    Public exhibition - degree show Anthropological framings through sound and image (24-27 October 2014)
  • Transpositions - Rosa Barba on her work at the 8th Berlin Biennale, audio-visual portrait of artist Rosa Barba's work at the 8th Berlin Biennale, camera & sound: L Hoppe & M Rosengren, editing: M Rosengren
    Public screening - KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (15 July 2014)

Teaching

  • Supervisor, Geography Tripos, Part 1A: Cultural Geography/Part II: Global Urbanism, University of Cambridge (2016)
  • Student ambassador, Widening Participation/Aspire, Goldsmiths, University of London (2008-2009)
  • First-year Mentor, Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths, University of London (2008-2009)

External activities

Conferences and workshops

  • Co-convenor and moderator, Urban Appropriation Strategies, Universität Kassel (4 November 2016)

Committees

  • Member, Political Ecology Reading Group, University of Cambridge (2015 - onwards)
  • Member, Kolleg-Forschergruppe Bildakt und Verkörperung (The Collegium for the Advanced Study of Picture Act and Embodiment), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2014)