Welcome to Mobilities and Complexities – research perspectives in the light of John Urry

Description: The new ‘mobilities turn’ has become a powerful perspective in European social theory and is beginning to make an impact in the Americas as well. It challenges mainstream theoretical and empirical approaches that were grounded in a sedentary and bounded view of states. It propels innovative thinking about social and media ecologies, complex systems, and social change in modern worlds and lives. It bridges many disciplines and methodologies, leading to new approaches to existing problems while also resonating with questions of history and paths toward the future. Mobilities research marks the beginning of a new transdisciplinarity and the rise of a new phase in international cooperation and collaboration, as societies around the world face the ecological limits of contemporary mobility and energy systems. In particular, John Urry’s oeuvre has been very influential in the emergence of this new field and has had lasting impacts on many scholars, their thinking and researching on mobilities and modernities. In this PhD course three of John Urry’s close collaborators brings together the ideas and perspectives that Urry’s work inspired to within the ‘mobilities turn’. The course takes point of departure in the book ‘Mobilities and Complexities’ (Routledge, 2018) edited by the lecturers. The book gathers the most important contributions and authors in relation to John Urry’s work. The contributors represent a number of national contexts, including England, Germany, Denmark, Canada and the USA. The book collects personal essays and gives insight into a vivid network of scientists who have connections of various degrees to the work of John Urry. In the course the lecturers will use their own research practice within the ‘mobilities turn’ and their inspiration from John Urry as an outset for setting up a research workshop discussion with PhD students across areas of relevance (e.g. geography, planning, sociology, urban studies, transport studies, anthropology, urban design, architecture). The course participants will be reflecting over their own PhD projects in relation to Urry’s work in specific, but also invited to think about how one positions one’s research within research areas and how one works operationally with inspiration from foundational ideas.

Organizer: Professor, Ole B. Jensen, obje@create.aau.dk
Lecturer(s): Professor Mimi Sheller, Drexel University (US), Professor Sven Kesselring, HfWU (Germany), Professor Ole B. Jensen, AAU

ECTS: 3

Time: May 28-29 2019
Place: Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Rendsburggade 14, 9000 Aalborg

Number of seats: 15
Deadline: May 7th 2019

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.
Welcome to Virtual, Augumented, Mixed Realities

Description: While Virtual Reality (VR) has been around since the 1960s, only recently it has been democratised thanks to the availability of low cost hardware technologies together with accessible development tools. In this course we will introduce virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies (VR, AR, XR) with a focus on:

-multisensory perception and embodied interaction

-hardware and software technologies for VR, AR and XR: head mounted displays, augmented reality displays, 3D user interfaces and tracking

-3D sound rendering and haptic technologies

-user experience evaluation: quantitative and qualitative methods.

-Presence research

-applications in art, entertainment, rehabilitation and learning

The class is a combination of theory and practical work in the multisensory experience lab at Aalborg University Copenhagen: https://melcph.create.aau.dk/

Organizer: Professor Stefania Serafin, sts@create.aau.dk

Lecturer(s): Professor Stefania Serafin, sts@create.aau.dk, Associate Professor Rolf Nordahl, rn@create.aau.dk, Postdoc Michele Geronazzo, mge@create.aau.dk, Assistant Professor Niels Christian Nilsson, ncn@create.aau.dk and Associate Professor Cumhur Erkut, cer@create.aau.dk

ECTS: 5

Dates: 30 September to 4 October 2019, all day.

Place: Aalborg University Copenhagen

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 9 September 2019

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.
Welcome to ARCHITECTURE, NEUROPSYCHOLOGY, AND PHILOSOPHY

Description: Does the man-made environment by which we surround ourselves with have an influence on humans’ behavior, cognition, emotion and well-being? And if so, how and to what extent does this environmental impact occur/happen? These are some of the questions that we will discuss in this Ph.D. course. Since architects, planners and engineers, design and shape the spaces in which we live, their understanding on how the built environment can affect people’s health, cognition and behavior is paramount.

Since the 1980’s there has been a growing consensus that the mind is not entirely formed by an interplay between brain and body alone, but rather as a result of an interaction of brain-body-environment. This recognition comes from cognitive science, neuroscience as well as phenomenological and pragmatist philosophy. In this triade, the relationship between the brain and the body has been the focus of research for various disciplines for more than a century. However, the influence of the environment in the form of the built environment is just beginning to be understood and necessarily involves insights from cross-disciplinary fields. The course links research contributions from several approaches/areas: architecture, engineering, philosophy and cognitive neuroscience and highlights the recent progresses made in this field.

Ph.D. students will be presented with state of the art knowledge and will have the possibility to present their own work related to the subject of the relation between environment, brain and body.

Organizer: Associate Professor, Ph.D. Lars Brorson Fich lbfi@create.aau.dk, Post.Doc. Andrea Jelic anje@create.aau.dk

Lecturers: Prof. Ph.D. Klaus Gramann; TU Berlin, Senior Researcher Ph.D. Martin Skov; Copenhagen University, Prof. Ph.D. Antje Gimmler; AAU, Associate Prof. Ph.D. Laura Petrini; AAU, Associate Prof. Ph.D. Lars Brorson Fich; AAU, Post.Doc. Ph.D. Andrea Jelic.; AAU

Sarah Robinson http://www.srarchitect.com/
Martin Knöll, PhD; Technische Universität Darmstadt
Andrea Jelic, PhD Aalborg University
Brady Wagoner, PhD; Aalborg University
Antje Gimmler, PhD; Aalborg University
Lars Brorson Fich, PhD; Aalborg University
Martin Skov, Senior Researcher, PhD; Copenhagen University


ECTS: 3 (+2 with essay)
Time: October 2-4 2019

Place: AAU

City:

Number of seats: 15

Deadline: September 11th 2019

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Welcome to Towards A SUSTAINABLE Building Culture - Prospective Strategies and Methodologies in Designing our Built Environment

Description: Sustainability rating systems aiming at balancing the ecological, economical and socio-cultural aspects of our built environment. Whereas criteria for sustainability are widely applied, strategies and methodologies employed still follow classical building design approaches. Although efficiency and consistency strategies have been widely accepted and implemented in design, planning or operation procedures, it has been observed that they lead to rebound effects diminishing the effectiveness of the implemented measures. There is a third strategy, sufficiency, which is less known and not yet, the common basis in building design approaches. While efficiency and consistency strategies mainly rely on technology application, sufficiency rather refers to the right measure and requires involvement of user and societal aspects of the built environment. In order to deploy all three strategies and use their full potential assuming a transdisciplinary perspective and integrating knowledge from different disciplines appears to be necessary.

The overall goal of the PhD course is to unfold various prospective strategies, methodologies and perspectives in designing buildings as well as in research and oppose them to currently prevailing methodologies and approaches applied by designers, building industry and resear­chers. Among others, these prospective strategies are integrated design process thinking as we have been utilising it successfully at Aalborg University’s Architecture and Urban Design section, participatory action in sustainable architecture or human centred approaches to indoor climate. Examples from research and design practice underpin the discussion of the different perspectives.

In addition to the lectures, the course comprises workshops in which the participants are en­couraged to reflect the methodological approaches used in their PhD project with the presen­ted methodologies and strategies. Groups of 2 to 3 participants together analyse their PhD projects’ approaches. In a final presentation, each group presents their analysis.

In order to obtain 2 ECTS in addition to the 3 ECTS for participation, each individual PhD student has the opportunity of handing in a structured essay of about 2000 words that discus­ses the outcome of the analysis in greater detail in relation to the participant’s particular project and with reference to the course presentations and literature.

Prerequisites: Participants’ PhD project should investigate aspects of the built environment
Organizer: Professor Runa T. Hellwig, rthe@create.aau.dk

Lecturers: Professor Runa T. Hellwig, Asc. Professor Michael Lauring, Asc. Professor Camilla Brunsgaard, Asc. Professor Isak Worre Foged (all CREATE), External guest lecturer: Dr. Kathryn Janda (University College London)

ECTS: 3 ECTS for participation, +2 ECTS optional written essay assignment

Time: 15-18 October 2019
Place: Aalborg University
City:

Number of seats: 15

Deadline: 24 September 2019

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.