Dates and Times
Throughout 2022, the RSA in partnership with Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL), Research Centre Global Dynamics at Leipzig University and Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities is organising a themed series of events focussing on Central and Eastern Europe: An online webinar series, Early Career online event and pre-conference Early Career workshop followed by an international conference in Leipzig, Germany, will highlight and discuss bridging old and new divides in CEE, provide knowledge exchange, and ample capacity building and networking opportunities with researchers and policymakers working in the field.
Regional development is often treated as being based on a clear and consensual perspective on the kind of progress needed. But academic as well as political debates are far less univocal. Regional studies in the past three decades have articulated a range of new and old social, spatial, economic and political divides, especially between urban centers and peripheralised non-metropolitan areas that stem from the dominant regional development approaches in CEE and beyond. Existing research has emphasized the capacity of Neoliberalism to reinvent and consolidate itself after each juncture of crisis, which has been at the expense of foreclosing alternative developmental paths.
A number of recent processes and events such as the so called ‘migrant crisis’, the rise of illiberal populism, the challenge of the European project, the increase of the economic influence of China in CEE, adaptation to climate change and recently the COVID-19 pandemic have sparked further anxieties and fears of new divides and exclusions.
The current war in Ukraine adds a further element of threat, dividing the continent and cutting off so far peaceful ties. In this light, building bridges has become more important than ever. The RSA CEE Conference in Leipzig will open a dialogue around these divides, exploring how these shape current research and regional policy in, across, and beyond CEE.
Central and Eastern Europe conference, Leipzig, Germany (14.09. – 17.09.2022)
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Regional development is often treated as being based on a clear and consensual perspective on the kind of progress needed. But academic as well as political debates are far less univocal. Regional studies in the past three decades have articulated a range of new and old social, spatial, economic and political divides, especially between urban centers and peripheralised non-metropolitan areas that stem from the dominant regional development approaches in CEE and beyond. Existing research has emphasized the capacity of Neoliberalism to reinvent and consolidate itself after each juncture of crisis, which has been at the expense of foreclosing alternative developmental paths. A range of recent processes, such as the so called ‘migrant crisis’, rise of illiberal populism, questioning the European project, the rising economic influence of China in CEE, adaptation to climate change and recently the COVID-19 pandemic, have sparked further anxieties and fears of new divides and exclusions. The RSA CEE Conference in Leipzig will open up a dialogue around these divides, exploring how they shape current research and regional policy in, across, and beyond CEE.
- Extended Conference bursary application deadline: 30th May 2022
- Extended Abstract submission deadline: 30th May 2022
The conference is an in-person event, taking place place in Leipzig, Germany, from Wednesday to Saturday, 14.09. – 17.09.2022
Click here to view the conference on the desktop version RSA Hub, the RSA’s event platform. Download the app for free from Apple App Store or Google Play Store to connect, chat and exchange with other delegates, view information and more.
The conference fees are as following – an Early Bird rate applies for registrations up until and including 30th May 2022.
|Early Bird Rates
(valid until 30th May 2022)
|Individual/corporate||£ 215.00||£ 315.00|
|Early Career/Retired||£ 195.00||£ 265.00|
|Student||£ 165.00||£ 195.00|
|Normal rates (from 31st May 2022)||Members||Non-members|
|Individual||£ 265.00||£ 350.00|
|Early Career/Retired||£ 240.00||£ 265.00|
|Student||£ 195.00||£ 240.00|
|Day rate (please email email@example.com to request this rate, indicating day(s) you would like to attend)||£ 100.00||£ 100.00|
- New and old economies and their spaces
- Winners and losers of economic transformation and transnationalisation
- New spaces of innovation, between mainstream, social and bottom-up alternatives
- Between foreign direct investments and locally rooted economies
- Deindustrialization and reindustrialization between path renewal and path dependency
- Sustainable development and green growth
- Infrastructures and foundational economies for building resilient regions
- Diverse economies, post-development and de-growth
- Hidden economies of everyday life and social reproduction
EU and regional policies:
- Core-periphery, urban-rural, East-West divides
- Competition, competitiveness and cohesion – neoliberal vs. distributive policies
- Global cities, socio-spatial polarisation and regional policies
- Smart territorial development
- European Green deal, climate change and regional policies
- The transformative power of cities for the common good – Leipzig Charter 2.0
- Peripheral development, borders and border regions
- Participatory and deliberative regional policymaking
- Place making, spatial imaginaries, futures of regions and regionalism
Political geographies and re-thinking CEE:
- Old and new liaisons: CEE between Russian, Chinese and US influences
- Contesting the European project: CEE within the EU
- Past and future of democracy in CEE: liberalism, illiberalism, authoritarian backsliding
- CEE and the Global East, de-colonial and post-colonial approaches
- Beyond (post-)socialist and (post-)soviet transformation
- Changing state agencies and the rescaling of power in times of crises
- Polarizing regional development as a driver of political radicalization?
- Populism, electoral geographies and the left behind
Societies and culture:
- Civil societies, social movements, protest and space
- Arts, creativity, culture and development
- Housing, conviviality and the commons
- Local agency and global challenges
- (Im)mobilities and migration
- Demographic shifts and changing social structures
- Race, ethnicity and othering
- Labour, healthcare, and welfare during COVID-19
During the 2022 CEE conference there will be a Meet the Editors session to learn about selected journals in the field and to chat with editors about your paper. In addition, the conference will have a professional development session on science communication.
There will be opportunities to present your paper, gain feedback, develop your networks and keep the discussion going throughout the conference.
Please view the preliminary programme (right-hand side, top corner of this page) for more information.
- Michaela Trippl, Austria (University of Vienna)
- Petya Ivanova Slavova, Bulgaria (Sofia University)
- Vladan Hruška, Czech Republik (Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem)
- Tauri Tuvikene, Estonia (Tallinn University)
- Johanna Hautala, Finland (University of Vaasa)
- Erika Nagy, Hungary (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
- Petra Radeljak Kaufmann, Croatia (University of Zagreb)
- Zaiga Krišjāne, Latvia (University of Latvia)
- Donatas Burneika, Lithuania (Lithuanian Social Research Centre)
- Maciej Smętkowski, Poland (EUROREG, University of Warsaw, Chairman of RSA Polish Section)
- Jozsef Benedek, Romania (Universitatea Babes-Bolyai)
- Leonid Limonov, Russia (ICSER Leontief Centre)
- Danica Šantić, Serbia (University of Belgrade)
- Maros Finka, Slovakia (Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava)
- David Bole, Slovenia (Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts)
- Olga Mrinska, Ukraine/London UK (RSA Ambassador for Ukraine)
- Kostyantyn Mezentsev, Ukraine (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv)
- Oleg Golubchikov, United Kingdom (Cardiff University)
- Vera Smirnova, United States (Kansas State University)
- Hans Wiesmeth, Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities Leipzig
- Matthias Middell, CAS/ Uni Leipzig/ ReCentGlobe
- Thilo Lang, Nadir Kinossian, Lyubomir Pozharliev, Lela Rekhviashvili, IfL Leipzig/ EEGA
- Franziska Görmar, Tim Leibert, Markus Sattler, Sofia Gavrilova (IfL)
- Katja Castryck-Naumann (GWZO)
- Annegret Haase (UFZ)
- Antje Zettler, Steffi Marung (ReCentGlobe)
- Benjamin Klement (IMW)
Students and Early Career Researcher session
As part of the 2022 RSA CEE programme, several sessions have been designed for postgraduate students and early career researchers (within 5 years after finishing a PhD). These sessions include an Early Career online event, which took place in May, a pre-CEE conference Early Career Workshop on experimental methods for public outreach on 13.09.2022 in Leipzig, as well as career development sessions during the CEE conference in Leipzig from 14.09.- 16.09.2022.
These sessions will give participants opportunities to present papers, gain valuable feedback, new ideas, provide learning on how to strategically develop and enhance profiles for career progression and opportunities to network and socialise with others working on CEE in regional and urban studies, planning, geography, politics, development studies, economics and related fields.
Pre-CEE conference Early Career Workshop 13.09.2022 on experimental methods for public outreach
This workshop will focus on science communication and public outreach beyond academia. Speakers will be confirmed in due course, please check back for updates.
The workshop is included in the conference fee, but pre-registration is necessary as places are limited. We offer reduced conference rates for students and early carer researchers in addition to conference bursaries that take the form of a free conference place. More information on conference bursaries.
Following this workshop on 13.09.2022, we will finish the day with informal networking while exploring Leipzig.
You can register for this workshop when submitting your abstract and registering for the CEE Conference.
Please send a short paragraph outlining your motivation to attend this 2022 RSA CEE Pre-conference Early Career Workshop to firstname.lastname@example.org
Virtual Special Issue
As part of the 2022 Central and Eastern Europe programme, Taylor & Francis has compiled a virtual special issue to mark the occasion. The virtual special issue draws together papers published across the RSA’s journals Regional Studies, Spatial Economic Analysis, Territory, Politics, Governance, and Regional Studies, Regional Science. It highlights the wide range of novel research by RSA authors, and the growth of central and eastern Europe as a key region of present and future focus.
Click here to access the virtual special issue for free.