The More Than Human City

Final Presentations of the University of Hong Kong–Utrecht University Transdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Exchange 2018

Two groups of ten students, from different sides of the world, different environments, different cultures and different universities have worked together for the past several months on imagining the city otherwise. Utrecht students visited their Hong Kong counterparts in April and the Hong Kong students have now arrived on this side of the world. In transdisciplinary intercontinental groups, they are exploring the city from four perspectives: mapping boundaries, signaling non-human intentions, focusing on un/sustainable foods and exploring questions of civil disobedience. Their four portraits will shed light on Hong Kong and Utrecht, and, with the help of theorists like Latour, de Certeau and Haraway, they have something to propose to us: that there are many unknown cities within our cities, streets beneath the streets. Cities that have something important to say to us and to ask of us, especially in our times of crises (ecological, capitalist). These four collaborative portraits give us openings to another way of thinking the city, ways to begin to think the urgencies of the day with different senses, different sensibilities, and different imaginations.

Supervision: Prof. Gray Kochhar-Lindgren (HKU) & Dr. Rick Dolphijn (UU)

Group 1
Hidden in Plain Sight
Alex Cheng (HKU: Governments and Law)
Aicha Dijkshoorn (UU: Neuroscience & Cognition)
Michiel Hekkens (UU: Philosophy)
Margot Hoogerwerf (UU: Cultural History)
Trixie Tsang (HKU: Medicine)

Group 2
Untitled: Boundaries
Hester Xiao (HKU: Psychology, Philosophy, and Statistics
Yuhe She (HKU: Psychology and Finance)
Lien Gillisjans (UU: Language & Cultural Studies, Conflict Studies)
Christoph Kruger (UU: Global Sustainability Science)
Jason Vassiliy (HKU: History and German)

Group 3
(Non) Human Intentions
Daniil Scheifes (UU: Environmental Sciences and Philosophy)
Stella Aalderink (UU: International Relations and Conflict Studies)
Parmeet Kaur (HKU: Law)
Tran Ngoc Chau (HKU: Biochemistry)
Kuen Yiu Nelson Hui (HKU: Civil Engineering)

Group 4
Laura Derks (UU: Veterinary Medicine)
Lai Man-Kit Edmund (HKU: Fine Arts)
Illa Carrion Braakman (UU: Child Psychology and Linguistics)
Anouck Fietje (UU: Social Psychology)
Win-Lai-Lai (HKU: Psychology and Education)