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Theo Barry-Born

Tahrir, Taksim, Tempelhof: Between Political Fields

[Tempelhofer Park. Image by author.]

Sitting in Engels—one among many of Neukölln's cosy, candlelit, hipster-friendly cafés—I read on a sticker the slogan: “Tah[r]ir, Taksim, Tempelhof: Das Feld gehört uns allen!” (Tahrir, Taksim, Tempelhof: The Field belongs to us all!). Tempelhof itself is a former airport located in former West Berlin, famous for its mythological role in the Berlin airlift during the Cold War. The airport was closed in 2008, but its vast runways and grass fields were re-opened to the public ...

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Theo Barry-Born

 

Theo Barry-Born studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University, and Middle East Politics at SOAS, University of London. His Masters dissertation, “Urban Events and Political Practices: History, Performance and Potential in Gezi Park, Istanbul” provoked an intellectual and practical engagement with the urban environment and local politics.