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Call for papers and sessions: Space, Values and Power – Eurasian Cities and Regions in Transformation

The conference "Space, Values and Power – Eurasian Cities and Regions in Transformation" is based on the experiences of the research project Shifting paradigms – towards participatory and effective urban planning in Ukraine, Russia and Germany, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.

The conference intends to stimulate transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary dialogue, bringing together scientists of various disciplines (e.g. geography, planning, political science, sociology, anthropology) and practitioners (e.g. urban planners, civil activists, politicians, economic stakeholders). We aim at a critical discussion on spatial transformations as contestations and negotiations of values and power relations within Eurasian cities and regions. In particular, we are interested in a careful consideration of the broader dimensions of normativity, practiced power and materiality, their interlinkages and practical relevance.

We call for session proposals and paper abstracts that critically address issues of the values, power and materiality of spatial transformations in Eurasia, drawing on practice- and/or theory-inspired reflections on concrete topics of urban or regional spatial development. We look in particular forward to Proposals that help to stimulate transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary dialogue, as well as to Contributions that compare experiences of cities and regions within Eurasia and beyond.

Please submit session proposals and/or paper abstracts by 30 May 2018 to Kostyantyn Mezentsev and Carola Neugebauer.

Convenors: Ukrainian Researchers Society, Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) in Leipzig, RWTH Aachen University, Centre for Comparative History and Political Studies, in cooperation with the ira.urban network

More information: Website IfL