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                                                                 A VIEW ON CITIES FROM ELSEWHERE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Home

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  The overall theme of this CAT-ference relates to the relative marginality of cities in Central and Eastern Europe within the context of globally circulating urban theory. This marginality runs the risk of resulting in a “double exclusion” (Tuvikene 2016) – from the mainstream of theory and from recent influential postcolonial critiques of it. Perhaps even more than for most other major CEE cities, the silent absence of Kyiv and Dnipro from these debates is deafening.

  Accordingly, our call for papers and paper sessions is open to all aspects of the urban geography of Central and Eastern Europe, but we are particularly interested in contributions that offer critical engagement with contemporary urban theory, and/or which show a readiness to “export” (Sjöberg 2014) new ideas, concepts and theories to the global market of urban thought. Our goal is, in other words, to contribute to the placement of “post-socialist cities” – or whatever we prefer calling them – within the growing “repertoire” of cities that inform theory.    

 The themes we wish to focus on at the 7th CAT-ference are:

 (1) CEE “post-communist” cities in urban theory 

   

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                  

 

      (2) Theorizing socialism and socialist legacies in cities

Motivation: Perhaps somewhat paradoxically, recent years have seen an increased interest in the issue of socialist legacies (see for example Beissinger and Kotkin’s (2014) recent book 'Historical Legacies of Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe') in Central and Eastern European societies. This stems, not least, from the insight that democratic reforms and economic liberalization have not been as durable as was once expected. Moreover, as Chelcea and Druta (2016, forthc., see also Tuvikene 2016) suggest, socialism is kept alive as a negative in public discourse.

     (3) Memory politics and the city

Motivation: At times of heightened geopolitical (or other) contestation (such as the ones we are living in now), the politics of memory become central to the everyday politics of cities. Like in many places across the Former Soviet Union, Ukrainian cities have long struggled with how the past should be represented in the cityscape.

     (4) Gentrification, including (and welcoming) comparative studies

  The organizers welcome papers within these four areas, but there is no formal thematic restrictionEmpirical and theoretical contributions on all aspects concerning urban development in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as in communist/post-communist countries across the globe, are welcome.

 

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