“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.

 

 

 



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Second ira.urban summer school in Yekaterinburg

Dear friends, our second ira.urban summer school took place from 14th to 21st of June 2015 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Here you can find some presentations of our PhD students: Presentation Christian Bülow, Presentation Mirjam Büdenbender, Presentation Felix Jaitner

Linkages of small cities and rural districts in Central Russia

Maria Gunko is a visiting researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IFL) in Leipzig  where she is working on the ira.urban research project. She has gained a degree of MA in Geography at the Lomonosov Moscow State University and then complited her PhD thesis at the I

“Yerevan. Urban Chaos and Social Order”

This study about the post-socialist changes in the cities space and society carried out by the Social Anthropologist Dr. Susanne Fehlings from Tübingen where published in German in 2014. In order to present this study to a broader audience ira.urban-Fellow Madlen Pilz was talking with

Marshrutkas are running, and running, and running…

When you have spent some time in the post-Soviet space, you certainly are acquainted with marshrutkas — those ubiquitous minibuses which, more often than not, form the backbone of the public transport systems in urban and rural areas of the former Soviet Union. Strangely enough,

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