Cultural Production and Urban Space

NOTE due to the Coronavirus crisis, this summer school is cancelled.

An international summer school (BA and MA-levels, 7.5 ECTS) at University of Copenhagen, 6th to 19th of August 2020. Deadline for second round of applications: 1st of June 2020. Please read important note below.

This summer school puts cultural production and event-making in urban space under the analytical scrutiny of critical urban theory. The aim of the summer school is to enable students to examine and assess the role of the cultural industry, broadly speaking, within existing political paradigms of urban development such as “creative cities”, “liveability” and “the experience economy” of cities.

By means of theoretical perspectives and urban ethnographic methods, students will learn to analyse the symbolic, emotional and socioeconomic dimensions of cultural production in urban space through fieldwork and workshops organised in collaboration with our partners, including the music festival Strøm.

The summer school thus provides students with an opportunity to engage critically with experienced cultural producers operating in urban space and learn about the different problems, potentials and considerations connected to urban cultural production.

The summer school is centred on a case-based learning approach and through workshops, lectures and field trips the students will be immersed in theoretical perspectives as well as public debate, learn from practitioners, and gain experience in analysing urban cultural production through case studies and fieldwork.

The summer school will take place from the 6th to 19th of August 2020 (incl. Saturdays and only excl. Sundays; please note that as a student, you will be busy every day for the duration of the summer school and should not plan other activities).

Read more about the summer school here

We also offer two other summer schools, Urban Culture in Theory and Action and Heritage Protection in Urban Conflict, but since they are taking place simultaneously, it will unfortunately not be possible to attend more than one of these summer schools at a time.


In light of the global Covid-19 pandemic, Strøm has unfortunately had to cancel its festival. Instead, we are very happy to announce that we will be working with URBAN 13 as the main case study for this course.

URBAN 13 is a social urban DIY-project, located under the Bispeengbuen highway bridge, created by three young locals who have used the space for cultural events since 2014. As a vibrant metropolitan laboratory, URBAN 13 aims at becoming an incubator for the "small ones with the big ideas" - be it chefs, craftsmen, designers, cultural creators, or aspiring musicians. URBAN 13 is committed to creating a sense of security in the local area through the establishment of local communities and daily activities and creating a new story about the bridge to make the place a natural and cozy gathering point for everyone.

More information: (Danish only)