As a result of the research they conduct through the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Urban Practice, fellows produce digital projects that make their work accessible to a broad range of scholarly and activist communities. These projects are shared with the grassroots, social justice organizations with which the fellows partner for their research, and are often used for informational and advocacy purposes.
Chloe Grey Smith (GGFUP, 2016, Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Chloe Grey Smith spent her fellowship in Buenos Aires, Argentina, working for both the Center for Artistic Activism and the Argentinian Photojournalists’ Association (ARGRA). In Buenos Aires she attended queer activist events, conducted interviews and studio visits with queer and Indigenous artistic activists, and helped digitize archives of photos from the Falklands War (La Guerra Malvinas). She collected her photos, observations, and audio recordings, along with a hand-drawn map, into a searchable archival website called Porteñomanteau. Chloe’s fellowship work serves as both a survey of the intersections between artistic activism and archivism in Argentina, and an individual reflection on the pitfalls and beauties of being a foreign cultural researcher.
Creating Community: The relationship of history, creativity, and community development on Kelly Street
Taylor Brock (GGFUP, 2015, Location: New York City)
Taylor Brock worked as an artist assistant at The Laundromat Project in New York. She was assigned to assist gardener and artist Rosalba Ramirez in the Kelly Street Garden in the South Bronx. At Kelly Street, Taylor was interested in how people build and maintain a sense of community in the challenging environment of New York City. This project documents her experiences with residents, artists, and the history of the Kelly Street community — also known as “Banana Kelly” — where everyone knows each other by name and many have lived in the community for decades.
Maria Fernanda Cepeda (GGFUP, 2015, Location: Madrid)
Maria Fernanda Cepeda worked with SEDOAC (Servicio Domestico Activo) in Madrid on a research project intended to emphasize the transnational practices of organizing domestic workers worldwide. Cepeda provided day-to-day support and translation services for SEDOAC and worked alongside SEDOAC members to learn about the organization’s mission and interview leaders and founders about their lives and their activism. This web site and a short documentary still in production are some of the results of Cepeda’s research.
Green Berliners: The Role of Religion and Nationality in the Sustainable Practices of Berlin’s Ethnic Germans and Turkish Muslim Migrants
Robert Clinton (GGFUP, 2015, Location: Berlin)
Robert Clinton’s project was to assess whether Germany’s environmental policy, which can appear to have only secular underpinnings because it is state-sponsored, can be traced to Christian tradition. He is interested in learning if this Christian-influenced environmental policy – by default – excludes other kinds of environmental practices, such as those practiced by Germany’s Turkish minority, which is mostly Muslim. As a young person of color from the United States, Clinton was especially interested in understanding marginalization around the world. As an environmentalist, he aims to mobilize more communities to become more conscious of their impact on the earth.
Erin Johnson (GGFUP, 2015, Location: Madrid)
Erin Johnson spent the summer of 2015 in Madrid, Spain with the group Paisaje Transversal. She conducted on-the-ground research exploring the relationships between the recent and widespread emergence of huertos urbanos (urban agriculture) and other groups that emerged from Spain’s economic crisis in 2008. Through this project, she aims to shed light on the urban social movement spearheaded by these groups, identify trends, analyze various organizational models and motivations, and make comparisons with the broad social activism that has the potential to develop through urban agriculture projects in the US.
Sophie Lasoff (GGFUP, 2014, Location: New York City)
In this project, Sophie Lasoff explores the implementation of a social resiliency strategy by the environmental advocacy organization UPROSE in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. A historically working-class and ethnically diverse community, Sunset Park faces not only the threat of climate change, but of displacement and social diffusion as a result of gentrification.
Idan Sasson (GGFUP, 2014, Location: Berlin)
With his analysis of the popular movement to keep Berlin’s Tempelhof Airfield undeveloped and free for public use, Idan Sasson assesses what he considers Berliners’ “symbolic resistance” to “business as usual” urban policy.
Prinzessinnengarten: Urban Space, Gentrification, and the Mythology of Alternativism in the New Berlin
Henry Topper (GGFUP, 2014, Location: Berlin)
In the early 2000s, Berlin spearheaded a branding campaign that would entice both the creative class and investors to reinvigorate the “poor but sexy” city. Henry Topper argues that the reclamation of abandoned spaces for alternative uses, as with the community agriculture project Prinzessenengarten, were both success stories of this campaign and harbingers of a less affordable, more cosmopolitan Berlin.