Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies

Student Conference

The student conference of the Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Research (GSZ) serves as a networking platform for an interdisciplinary exchange
between young academics with an interest in urban research. During the conference all participants have the opportunity to present their thesis and discuss current issues of metropolitan research.

The best work is awarded with a monetary reward of 250 Euro for the best bachelor thesis and 500 Euro for the best master thesis, subject to the condition that the degree was obtained at the Humboldt University of Berlin and the final examination was passed with a minimum grade of 2.0.

Der Georg-Simmel-Preis 2020


This year's student conference was a little different due to the exceptional circumstances. Sadly, the GSZ was not able to host the event as planned. Nevertheless, since all the applications had already been sent in, we did not want to withhold the opportunity to win the Georg-Simmel-Prize fo the best Bachelor and Master thesis. We are happy to announc Leonie Thies the winner for the best Bachelor thesis and Leoni J. Keskinkılıç the winner for the best Master thesis. 


Leonie-Thies-Gewinnerin-2020In her bachelor thesis, Leonie Thies has presented an extremely comprehensive ethnographic study on the construction of credibility in asylum processes from the perspective of judges*. Th title of her thesis is:


"Die (De-)Konstruktion von Glaubhaftigkeit und Glaubwürdigkeit in Asylprozessen. Eine Ethnographische Studie am Verwaltungsgericht Berlin."



Leoni J. Keskinkılıç's master thesis is a complex ethnographic study that provides a comprehensive and convincing analysis of the conflicts and negotiation processes surrounding the local housing of refugees in two metropolitan neighborhoods. The title of her thesis is:


"Fragile Figurationen in umkämpften Nachbarschaften. Eine ethnographische Analyse von lokalen Aushandlungsprozessen um die Unterbringung von Geflüchteten in Deutschland."


Congratulations to the winners! We are commited to making the award ceremony appropriatly at a later date. We will keep you informed!



Winners of the Georg Simmel Prize since 2012


Hannah Göppert (Master of Arts)

Sophia Wiedergrün (Bachelor of Arts



Susanna Raab (Master of Arts)

Stéphanie-Fabienne Lacombe (Bachelor of Arts)



Lena Abstiens und Lin Hierse (Master of Arts)

Christop Schiebe (Bachelor of Arts)


Janine Hauer (Master of Arts)

Florian Buchmayr (Bachelor of Arts)

Paul Neupert (Master of Arts)

Svenja Linnemann (Bachelor of Arts)


Hanna Schilling (Master of Arts)

Manuel Rickert (Bachelor of Arts)


Petra Beck (Magister)

Henriette Haase (Bachelor of Arts)

Jonas Koch (Bachelor of Arts)


Peter van Gielle Ruppe (Master of Arts)

Moritz Wichmann (Bachelor of Arts)