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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.131

Commoning the Life-Worlds: Self-managed Production of Social Space


  • Sara NIKOLIĆ

Primary authors

  • Sara NIKOLIĆ (Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade)



Urban environment is a diverse and dynamic one, made up of multiple places, policies and activities. Over time, different actors and societal forces shaped it, using novel practices and creating new spaces, trajectories and experiences. It is precisely experiences which value we want to emphasize – the importance of senses, memories and life-worlds in production of social space. This paper elaborates on two urban phenomenons, both of which contest the notion of commoss and witness its changing nature, as well as possibilities – community space that comprises large housing estates and, on the other side, urban squats. Different by nature – inclusive outdoor communal spaces as opposed to the wary exclusivity of squatted buildings - these two phenomenons embody the capacity for social engagement, thus permitting the occurence of practices of commoning. Considering the dynamic nature of these urban commons, sensory approaches promise a significant contribution to their understanding. In order to capture the ephemeral quality of urban commons and lived experiences of its inhabitants and passersby, we rely on sensobiographic walking, sensory mapping, collaborative performing, and artwork and object elicitation, using research data collected in Belgrade and Poznań. This way, we show how existing knowledge on urban commons can be expanded precisely by incorporating bodily and emotional experiences, everyday practices and personal memories, that social theory often neglects.