“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.





Job Vacancy in ira.urban

As of 01 July 2014 or at the earliest possible date the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) in Leipzig is searching for a Scientific Assistant (1,0 E13 TV‐L) To cooperate within a research project on the “Reconfiguration of the Urban Environment in the Post‐SovietRegion” in

CfA: Международная летняя школа молодых ученых: Реконфигурации городских регионов и сетей городов на постсоветском пространстве

International and Interdisciplinary PhD Summer School: Reconfigurations of city regions and city networks in post-Soviet space 16. – 21.05.2014, Южный федеральный университет, Ростов-на-Дону, Россия Oткрыт приём заявок Международная научно-исследовательская сеть ira.urban и Северо-Кав

CfP: Small Trade in Post-Soviet Cities: Between Regulation and Informality

Dear all, Lela and I are organizing a special session on “Small Trade in Post-Soviet Cities: Between Regulation and Informality” at the RSA Conference in Izmir, Turkey (read more: RSA_CfA ). We look forward to interesting papers and fruitful discussions. So may be the topi

Urban Conflicts: monument conservation and new developements

Manifold conflicts characterize cities. The struggle between development interests and the preservation of cultural heritage represents one interesting source of urban conflict which seems to be prevalent in particular in cities of transition.  The article of Alexander Litvin touches

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