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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 socio-ecological entanglements and more-than-human agencies can tell us about our capacity to live with difference in European cityscapes today.

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

  • Study Awards:
    • PhD funding:
      • Studentship Award: European Research Council funded project "Rethinking Urban Nature" (2015-2018)
      • Continuing Research Studentship: GARS, Newnham College, University of Cambridge (2016)
    • MA Study Grant:
      • Stiftelsen Kjellberska Flickskolans Donationer (2012)
    • BA Study Grants:
      • Stiftelsen Kjellberska Flickskolans Donationer (2007, 2008)
      • Willinska Stiftelsen (2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Fieldwork, Travel, and Transferrable Skills Grants:
    • University Fieldwork Fund. Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (2016)
    • Research and Travel Grant. GARS, Newnham College, University of Cambridge (2016, 2017)
    • Transferrable Skills Grant. Transferrable Skills Fund, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (2016)
  • Publication Grants:
    • Åke Wibergs Stiftelse: Urban Appropriation Strategies (2017)
    • Patrum Lumen Sustine Stiftung: Urban Appropriation Strategies (2017)

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, in 2016-2017, I conducted 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 and qualitative study of the entwinement of socio-natural 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

Other publications

  • Rosengren, M., Mameli, F A., Polleter, F. and Sarkez-Knudsen, J. (eds.) 2018. Urban Appropriation Strategies: Exploring Space-making Practices in Contemporary European Cityscapes. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag.

Conference presentations

  • "Färjenäs, a wasteland historiography; or, tracing an urban ecology of remembering". From horror vacui to spaces of re-enchantment: art, ecology, and urban wastelands Workshop. University of the Arts Berlin. Berlin (forthcoming May 2018)
  • "Urban nature of agonistic access, agency, and affect - living with the potential of difference in the more-than-human city". Third-Year PhD Conference. Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (April 2018)
  • "Affecting the more-than-human - exploring socio-ecological alignments in urban green space preservation". Association for American Geographers Annual Meeting, Panel: Rethinking Urban Nature. New Orleans (April 2018)
  • "Grounding ethnography: or ambivalent knowledge productions through qualitative data". Fieldwork Seminar Series: Methodologies in the 'field'. Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (November 2017)
  • "Picturing multispecies ethnography: exploring human and other-than-human urban inequalities through visual methods". Nordic Geographers Meeting, Panel: Visualizing Inequalities. Engaging with (critical) visual methods in Geography. Stockholm (June 2017)
  • "Dendrocopos minor as infrastructure? Reimagining green infrastructure through the lesser spotted woodpecker". Imagining infrastructure: space, subject, and affect Workshop. Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (March 2017)
  • Co-convenor and moderator. Urban Appropriation Strategies Conference. School of Architecture, Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture, University of Kassel. Kassel (November 2016)

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-curator and organiser
    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: Understanding Cultural Geographies, University of Cambridge (2016,2017)
    • Geography Tripos, Part 1A: Contemporary Urban Geographies, University of Cambridge (2017)
    • Geography Tripos, Part II: The Geographies of Global Urbanism, University of Cambridge (2016-2018)
    • Geography Tripos, Part II: Dissertation supervision (2018)
  • Teaching assistant:
    • Geography Tripos, Part II: Landscape and Power, University of Cambridge (2017-2018)
  • Lecturer:
    • Architecture Research Methods: Ethnographic Site Observation and Interviewing Skills. Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge (2017)
  • 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

Committees

  • Co-convenor. Infrastructural Geographies Research Group. Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (2017 - onwards)
  • Co-convenor. Fieldwork Seminar Series: Methodologies in the 'field'. Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (2017 - onwards)
  • Member. American Association of Geographers (2017 - onwards)
  • Member. Political Ecology Reading Group, University of Cambridge (2015 - onwards)