“City” symbolically stands for societal modernization. In the Western world it is considered as a place of participation in social processes and discourses, as a place of economic innovation and as a place of political and social balance of interests. But what was “city” or “urbanity” in the Soviet Union? And especially: What does “city” or “urbanity” mean nowadays under new political and societal conditions in the successor states of the Soviet Union?

This blog aims to address these questions of urban reconfiguration and reorientation in post-Soviet space in between Soviet legacies, new nation building, globalization and pluralization. Therefore, we look forward to your posts which will allow you to share and discuss your valuable insights and experiences in urban research and practice in post-Soviet space.





Аcceptance of applications for participation in the spring school opened

The City in the Spotlight: Methodological and Epistemological Challenges for Studying Urban Governance  15-20 April 2018, Perm, Russia Call for applications The Centre for Comparative History and Politics at Perm State University, together with the Ukrainian Researchers Society, the L

Bonn as a case study

With app. 230.000 inhabitants, Bonn is a second-order city in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It has been the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) form 1949 to 1990. Today, urban conflicts linked to planning processes and projects preoccupy the public a

About the Centre for Comparative History and Politics

The Centre for Comparative History and Politics was established in 2012 as a joint project between Faculty of History and Political Science (Perm State University) and the European University at Saint Petersburg within the framework of the Department Development Partnership Program (D

Perm as a case study

Perm is one of the largest industrial and scientific centers of the Urals, the administrative center of Perm krai located at the banks of Kama River. With over 1 million inhabitants, by population Perm occupies 13th place among Russian cities. Since the very inception, the industrial

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