Call for Papers: Cities And Change: Three Decades Of Post-Socialist Transition (1989-2019). Darmstadt, 17-18 May 2019

After the collapse of state socialism in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the former socialist countries’ inclusion into the competitive global economies advanced as both; temporally and spatially uneven processes. These uneven processes presented myriad diversities, thereby implying significant shifts and high levels of creativity in finding ways of adapting to new forms of socio-political realities, which in turn offered a multitude of opportunities for urban research. Subsequently, scholarly attention has been paid particularly on examining interconnections between historical-, sociological-, and market-related aspects of transitioning processes. However, the exact implications of their spatial transformations have been largely absent within systematic research. Contrary to the often more adaptable socio-political structures of cities, built urban environment requires more time to adapt to changes and consequently reflect the new ideological concepts. This thereby warrants thirty years of comprehensive transition (1989-2019) as an optimum point of departure for undertaking a thorough and in-depth reflection. Hence, the international conference “Three Decades of Post-socialist Transition” seeks to bring together leading urban academics to discuss issues of post-socialist transition and a multitude of its effects on built urban environment from diverse perspectives. In addition, we also aim to challenge and advance both our knowledge and practice around the complex links within the neoliberal development agenda, socio-political changes, post-socialist identity formation, representation of cities and the urban space.

The research group Urban Morphosis Lab invites you to submit abstracts that refer to the above-mentioned issues of post-socialist transition affecting urban spaces. Our conference also welcomes inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to this subject. Some of the key themes that will be discussed during the conference are:

  • Urban memory and heritage
  • Contested heritage and heritage of conflict
  • Urban and national identity building
  • Governance, planning, revitalization and regeneration
  • Urban shrinkage and sustainability
  • Urban tourism, branding and marketing
  • Socio-political contestations and negotiations
  • Gentrification, spatial segregation and polarization

Please submit your abstracts to urbanmorphosislab@gmail.com by 10 November 2018. The submission should contain:

  • An abstract of max. 300 words, containing: proposed title, the core theme or hypothesis, the approach and methodology, broad findings to be delivered in your paper;
  • Full contact details of the author(s): Name, affiliation, postal address, phone number and email;
  • Short academic biography of the author(s).

The full Call for Papers is available here.

 

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