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Tobias Bernet

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Predoctoral Fellow
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Short CV: 

2015 Visiting graduate student, University of Chicago (Department of History; faculty host: Prof. Leora Auslander)

2011 M.A. (with distinction), University of Zurich (sociocultural anthropology [major], popular culture studies, economic and social history)

2008-2009 ERASMUS exchange, University of Leipzig

2004 Summer Sessions, University of California, Berkeley


Research Interests: 
  • urban planning and development, housing
  • social movements, subcultures
  • history of concepts, ideas, and moral values

Selected Literature: 

(with Ivo Balmer) Housing as a Common Resource? Decommodification and Self-Organization in Housing – Examples from Germany and Switzerland. In: Mary Dellenbaugh, Markus Kip, Majken Bieniok, Agnes Katharina Müller, Martin Schwegmann (Ed.s): Urban Commons: Moving Beyond State and Market. (= Bauwelt Fundamente 154) Basel: Birkhäuser, 178-195.

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2016 (invited) (with Ivo Balmer)  Bezahlbares Wohnen „von unten“? Potentiale und Probleme nicht-profitorientierter Wohnprojekte [Affordable Housing “from Below”? Opportunities and Problems of Nonprofit Housing Initiatives]. “Wohnen für Alle? Wissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf Architektur, Planung und Politik” [Housing for All? Researching Architecture, Planning an Politics] Conference, Institute for European Urban Studies, Bauhaus University, Weimar, May 12-13.

2016 (invited) Wohnungspolitik und soziale Bewegungen – historische Einblicke [Housing Politics and Social Movements – Historical Insights]. “Probleme der Raumentwicklung” [Problems of Spatial Development] Lecture Series, Department of Geography, University of Bern, May 10.

2016  “…to be taken off the market forever”: Temporality and the Moral Economy of Self-Restraint in German Cooperative Housing, c. 1980-present. Moralizing Capitalism: Agents, Discourses and Practices of Capitalism and its Opponents in the Modern Age Conference, Berlin, March 14-16.

2016  „Der Genossenschaftsgedanke flackert wieder auf“:Urbane soziale Bewegungen, alternative Wohnformen und neoliberaler Kontext nach 1980 [“The Cooperative Idea is Being Rekindled”: Urban Social Movements, Alternative Housing, and Neoliberal Context after 1980]. 13th Potsdam Graduate Conference on Contemporary History, Centre for Contemporary History [ZZF], Potsdam, February 11-12.

2015  „Erkämpfte Selbstständigkeit“: Neue Formen genossenschaftlichen Wohnens im deutschsprachigen Raum seit 1970 [“Autonomy We Fought For”: New Forms of Cooperative Housing in German-Speaking Europe since 1970]. Colloquium on Contemporary History, History Department (Chair of Prof. Paul Nolte), Free University of Berlin, January 8.

2014 The Cooperative Model as a Third Way Beyond Municipalizing or Privatizing Social Housing: The Case of Zurich, Switzerland. 12th International Conference on Urban History. European Association for Urban History, Lisbon, September 3-6.

2013 Housing as a Common Good? The Role of New Nonprofit Housing Institutions in the German-Speaking Countries. Urban Commons: Moving Beyond State and Market Conference. Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies / Urban Research Group, Humboldt University, Berlin, September 27-28.

2011 „Siedlungsbrei“: Die suburbane Schweiz als Problem in Experten- (und anderen) Diskursen [“Mushy Settlements”: Suburban Switzerland as a Problem in Expert (and Other) Discourses]. Annual Conference of the Swiss Anthropological Society, Zurich, November 26.