“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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Shrinking Cities in Russia. Dynamics, Consequences and Governance

Our short-time Guest Research Fellow, Dr. Xenia Averkieva, from the Russian Academy of Sciences, gave a talk at our Leibniz-Institute for Regional Geography in Leipzig about the shrinking dynamics of Russia’s cities and different measures to cope with the effects of this dynamic…

SHRINKING CITY IN SOUTHERN RUSSIA: TO CONTINUE TO PLAN FOR GROWTH OR TO BE REALISTIC? PART 2.

SHRINKING CITY IN SOUTHERN RUSSIA: The round table held in February in Rostov-on-Don (see the last contribution by Elena Batunova) provoked many interesting reactions in the public. Read here a journalistic review of the event and different readers’ comments on the topic….  

SHRINKING CITY IN SOUTHERN RUSSIA: TO CONTINUE TO PLAN FOR GROWTH OR TO BE REALISTIC?

Elena Batunova, Deputy Director of the Center of Urban Education and Town Planner at the Southern Urban Planning Centre in Rostov-on-Don, Russia informs about a Workshop, which took place on the 6th of February 2015 in Rostov-on-Don, to discuss this underestimated problematic…&#

CfP: Post-socialist urban infrastructures

The 6 th International Urban Geographies of Post-communist States Conference: 25 years of urban change to be held in Prague on September 23-26th 2015   Post-socialist urban infrastructures: socio-material transformation and future paths. For more information here……

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