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CATference THEME

 Why Ukraine? Little is known about Ukrainian cities abroad, they are severely underrepresented in the discourse on the development of the “post-socialist” cities, and they are largely absent from broader debates in urban theory. In Ukraine, a country with the vast territory, resources and human potential, the “post-socialist” urban transformations have been taking place with a substantial delay. The coming decade is expected to be associated with an accelerated phase of transformation and development, during which Ukrainian cities may be expected to become better integrated in the urban spatial frame of Central and Eastern Europe.

 Why Kyiv? Kyiv is the capital, and it is the most globalized and accessible city in Ukraine. It is also the largest European “post-socialist” city outside Russia. The last decade has brought profound changes coupled with various urban transformations that took place over a longer period of time elsewhere in post-socialist Europe. In Kyiv, these transformations overlap, and are taking place all at once.

 Why two cities? Why Dnipro (former Dnipropetrovsk)? Urban regions in Ukraine differ considerably; during the CAT-ference you will be given the opportunity to compare the political, cultural and business centre of the country with an eastern urban region characterized by a large Soviet industrial legacy that influences current (and future) urban development. With a population near the one million mark, Dnipro is one of the largest industrial centers in Eastern Europe, and it is a key city in the country’s geopolitical strategy. Its past as “rocket city” adds a unique Soviet hi-tech flavoured legacy.

In short, as CAT-ference participants you will be able to see and assess several types of urban change: dynamic and intensive in Kyiv, somewhat slower and manufacturing-based in the strong industrial and scientific centre of Dnipro (now a geopolitical faultline city). In addition, you will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the (even) slower and more hesitant transformation of a purely industrial (metallurgical) city – Krivyi Rih (pop. about 650,000).


Kyiv (Kiev) host: Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Faculty of Geography, Department of Economic and Social Geography, Laboratory of Regional Problems of Economics and Politics, http://www.geo.univ.kiev.ua/en/

Conference venue in Kyiv: Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Volodymyrska Street, 60

Dnipro host: Oles Honchar Dnipropetrovsk National University, Faculty of Geology and Geography, Department of Economic and Physical Geography, , http://www.dnu.dp.ua/en/geologic_geographic_faculty

Conference venue in Dnipro: Menorah Cultural and Business Centre, Sholom-Aleichem Street, 4/26

Site accessibility: There are two international airports in Kyiv – “Boryspil” (29 km from Kiev; price of transfer to railway station by Sky Bus – 2 euro; by taxi – from 10 euros) and “Kiev” (within the city limits). Current cost for accommodation in Kiev: around 30-35 euro per night in a 3-star hotel in the city centre; 15 euro in the University hotel.

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