CFP: International Urban Geographies of Post-Communist States Conference (Kyiv/Dnipro, 26-29 September 2017)

7th International Urban Geographies of Post-Communist States Conference: “A View on Cities from Elsewhere”

Call for Papers and for Sessions

Organised by Cities After Transition (CAT), which is a network of scholars interested in urban issues regarding post-socialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.


The overall theme of this conference relates to the relative marginality of cities in Central and Eastern Europe within the context of globally circulating urban theory. This marginality runs the risk of resulting in a “double exclusion” (Tukivene 2016) – from the mainstream of theory and from recent influential postcolonial critiques of it. Perhaps even more than for most other major CEE cities, the silent absence of Kyiv and Dnipro from these debates is deafening.

Accordingly, the Call for Papers and Sessions is open to all aspects of the urban geography of Central and Eastern Europe, but the organisers are particularly interest in contributions that offer critical engagement with contemporary urban theory, and/or which show readiness to “export” (Sjöberg 2014) new ideas, concepts and theories to the global market of urban thought. Our goal is, in other words, to contribute to the placement of “post-socialist cities” – or whatever we prefer calling them – within the growing “repertoire” of cities that inform theory.

The organisers welcome papers within the following four areas, but empirical and theoretical contributions on all aspects concerning urban development in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as in communist/post-communist countries across the globe, are equally welcome:

(1) CEE “post-communist” cities in urban theory

(2) Theorizing socialism and socialist legacies in cities

(3) Memory politics and the city

(4) Gentrification, including (and welcoming) comparative studies


Deadline for submissions: 15 April 2017

All organisational details (venue, registration fee, programme, etc) and more information on how to submit a paper or how to organise a session may be found in the original CFP or on the CAT 2017 homepage.



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