Research Seminar announcement: Researching Atmospheres of Urban Counter-Terrorism with Katharina Ciax

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Researching Atmospheres of Urban Counter-Terrorism: Methods and Approaches to Capture the In-Between

The UrbTerr team is pleased to announce our next expert seminar, in conversation with research fellow Katharina Ciax (University of Jena, Germany), which will take place on April 5th at 2pm GMT. 

While the technological and infrastructural securitisation of urban spaces has been researched extensively, little is known on how the changed urban infrastructure is felt and perceived by urban dwellers, and how it is altering their everyday experience. This research seminar aims to address in depth how everyday perceptions and sensation can be examined methodological, with due regard to the multiplicity of actors that are constituting urban everyday life and the difficulty to capture those.

Katharina Ciax is a Ph.D. candidate in social geography at the University of Jena, Germany. With a background in sociology, she is currently part of the international research project “Atmospheres of (Counter)Terrorism in European Cities”. In this context, she is researching everyday (in)securities of urban dwellers. Through the lens of sensorial ethnographies she is studying human and non-human actors and their diverse practices of (in)security production in urban spaces. Besides this, she is concerned with public toilet infrastructures, feminist methodologies, and ways of collectivising academic labor. Thanks to her membership in the feminist academic/activist collective Klo:lektiv, she found a space to experiment with that.

The seminar will take place via Zoom, and and there is space for some external participants. Places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. If you’re interested in joining us, please contact Dr Katharina Karcher (


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