What is the current state of the ‚city’ in the successor states of the Soviet Union? This is one of the central questions the ira.urban network seeks to address. Responses to this question require in-depth and manifold observations of everyday urban life. Therefore, this page aims to provide a space for exchange. It invites you to share casual notes and observations from the field, to discuss theoretical positions and evolving research questions or to post interesting information and sources on everyday life in the cities of the former Soviet Union.



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

The Resurrection of the Kul-Sharif Mosque in the Kazan Kremlin (Tatarstan, Russia)

In his paper Dr. Nadir Kinossian, Researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography in Leipzig, is analysing the resurrection of the mosque in Kazan discussing the hypothesises of place branding, Tatar national identity, and Tatarstani statehood: