The Call for Sessions/Papers for the RSA Central and Eastern Europe Conference “Bridging Old and New Divides: Global Dynamics, Regional transformation” from 13 to 17 September 2022 in Leipzig is open. The conference will be held in cooperation with the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, the Research Centre Global Dynamics of the University of Leipzig and the Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig.
Special session submission deadline: 21 March 2022
On February 11 and February 18, 2022 the online conference “Multiple Decolonialities and the Making of Asian Commons“, organized by Hong Kong Research Hub, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and the Department of English and Cultural Studies, Christ (Deemed to be University), Bangalore, India, takes place. The call for papers is open until 15th of October. Especially presenters from Central Asia are warmly welcome. Continue reading “Call for Papers: Conference “Multiple Decolonialities and the Making of Asian Commons””
Soviet public transport inspires a wide range of emotions among citizens who lived in a country that forever disappeared from the world’s political map. Various Internet forums and videos uploaded on YouTube are full of heart-warming stories about the USSR, where the grass was greener, ice cream was tastier, people were friendlier, and life itself was beautiful. It is not surprising that nostalgia about public transport of that time occupies as important a place in the memories of the past as other attributes of a bygone era Continue reading “Blog Post: What was public transport for the Soviet citizens?”
Infrastructures serve as basis for developmental discourses, preconfigure our ideas, and literally build futures because of their decades-long lifespans. Debates on infrastructures surely relate to materialities – rails, concrete, and wires. However, it is crucial to note that cultures, political regimes, and markets, as well as the (unequal) geographies of knowledge production matter just as prominently.
This article by CoMoDe researchers Lela Rekhviashvili and Wladimir Sgibnev was originally published in German at Berliner Gazette on 15th April 2021 and in English on LeftEast.org on 30th of April. Continue reading there: English / German.
I just returned from Tbilisi and I am to start thinking of how to analyse the fieldwork on urban mobility I conducted there during October-November 2020 as part of CoMoDe project – but I’m terribly disoriented. In October I came to a city where the municipal government had insisted on sustainable, pedestrian and public transport-oriented policy changes for the past two years. Exactly before my arrival one of the pilot street infrastructural redesign projects had opened. The city mayor, Kakhi Kaladze, stood up to drivers’ outrage on limitations to car mobility by insisting he cannot be a mayor for car-drivers only, indicating that the city had to accommodate for a diversity of urban dwellers’ mobility needs. Continue reading “Blog post: Public transport is the first to go”
In our public facebook group “Marshrutka Appreciation Society” we not only talk about marshrutkas, but about everything around mobility and (public) transport in the post-Soviet space. This reaches from funny stories which happened in the world of public transport to scientific articles and job offers. Furthermore it provides the opportunity to get connected to other interested people from this field. We are happy to welcome new members!
Today we have another tip: the PUTSPACE Project. PUTSPACE – Public Transport as Public Space in European Cities: Narrating, Experiencing, Contesting – aims to humanise transport research by studying diverse narratives, experiences and contestations of public transport, as they have been unfolding in cities across Europe since the late nineteenth century. The project places public transport at the frontline of contesting what is, can be, or should be public in the city. For more information we recommend their website.
Check out The Marshrutka Project! This research project, led by CoMoDe researchers Wladimir Sgibnev and Lela Rekhviashvili, dealt with the role of the marshrutka (minibuses) mobility phenomenon in the production of post-Soviet urban spaces, in and beyond Central Asia and the Caucasus. It provided an empirically founded contribution to the larger discussion on post-Soviet transformation, highlighting the bottom-up and everyday emergence of new orders in the fields of economy, morale, urban development and migration.