Posted on: 20 September, 2018
Application deadline: May 17, 2019

CfP – International Conference on Cities and Change “Three Decades of Post-socialist Transition,” Urban Morphosis Lab, Darmstadt, Germany

Conference theme

After the collapse of state socialism in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the former socialist countries’ inclusion into the competitive global economies advanced as both; temporally and spatially uneven processes. These uneven processes presented myriad diversities, thereby implying significant shifts and high levels of creativity in finding ways of adapting to new forms of socio-political realities, which in turn offered a multitude of opportunities for urban research. Subsequently, scholarly attention has been paid particularly on examining interconnections between historical-, sociological-, and market-related aspects of transitioning processes. However, the exact implications of their spatial transformations have been largely absent within systematic research. Contrary to the often more adaptable socio-political structures of cities, built urban environment requires more time to adapt to changes and consequently reflect the new ideological concepts. This thereby warrants thirty years of comprehensive transition (1989-2019) as an optimum point of departure for undertaking a thorough and in-depth reflection. Hence, the international conference “Three Decades of Post-socialist Transition” seeks to bring together leading urban academics to discuss issues of post-socialist transition and a multitude of its effects on built urban environment from diverse perspectives. In addition, we also aim to challenge and advance both our knowledge and practice around the complex links within the neoliberal development agenda, socio-political changes, post-socialist identity formation, representation of cities and the urban space.

The research group Urban Morphosis Lab invites you to submit abstracts that refer to the above-mentioned issues of post-socialist transition affecting urban spaces. Our conference also welcomes inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to this subject. Some of the key themes that will be discussed during the conference are:

Urban memory and heritage

  • Contested heritage and heritage of conflict
  • Urban and national identity building
  • Governance, planning, revitalization and regeneration
  • Urban shrinkage and sustainability
  • Urban tourism, branding and marketing
  • Socio-political contestations and negotiations
  • Gentrification, spatial segregation and polarization

Preliminary list of keynote speakers

Preliminary list of conference sessions

  1. How Long Does The ‘Post’ Last? Spatial Dynamics in Post-Socialist Transition
  2. Socialist Legacy–Emerging Heritage?
  3. The Urban Morphology of Post Socialism
  4. Contested functions of (socialist) architecture in post-socialist cities
  5. 1989-2019 CEE urban transformation revisited: city visions, self-made transitions and alternative development models
  6. Culture-led urban transformation and tourism potential in post-socialist Europe and beyond
  7. Contentious Mobility Governance: Mobility as an entry point to understanding urban governance in post-Soviet Cities
  8. Rural Areas in the Post-Socialist Context
  9. New patterns of land appropriation in post-Soviet cities
  10. Innovating the Post-socialist City: Challenging Legacy. Emerging Fears?
  11. Promises of Strategic Urban Planning

​​*For more information on the sessions’ content visit the original site.

Information for applicants

Please submit your abstracts using the link below by November 10th, 2018. The submission should contain:

  • An abstract of max. 300 words, containing: proposed title, the core theme or hypothesis, the approach and methodology, broad findings to be delivered in your paper;
  • Full contact details of the author(s): Name, affiliation, postal address, phone number and email;
  • Short academic biography of the author(s).
  • Please also specify for which session you wish to apply for.

​Conference registration

Online registration for the ICCC 2019 Conference will open on December 01st 2018.

Abstract Submission

Before filling in the online form to submit your abstract, please get yourself informed on the contents of the conference sessions.

Please note that your abstract should not exceed 300 words.

We are looking forward to receiving your submission!

Important Deadlines

  • 31 Aug. 2018 – Deadline for session proposals
  • 10 Sep. 2018 – Notification of selected sessions
  • 11 Sep. 2018 – Call for papers open
  • 10 Nov. 2018 – Deadline for abstract submission
  • 30 Nov. 2018 – Notification of selected abstracts
  • 01 Dec. 2018 – Registration opens
  • 31 Jan. 2019 – Deadline for early bid registration
  • 28 Feb. 2019 – Deadline for paper submission
  • 01 Apr. 2019 – Final Conference programme

Location and venue

Darmstadt is a city in the German state of Hessen, conveniently located in the southern part of the Frankfurt Metropolitan Region. As the former capital of a prosperous sovereign country, the Grand Duchy of Hesse, Darmstadt gained some international prominence. This further grew with rapid industrialisation in the 19th century, as well as at the beginning of the 20th century, when Darmstadt became an important centre for the art movement of Jugendstil, the German variant of Art Nouveau. However, during the Second World War; over three quarters of the inner city was destroyed, leading to a comprehensive reconstruction and renovation period afterwards. Nonetheless, the city played  host to numerous technology companies, research institutes, the ESOC (European Space Operations Centre) and GSI (Centre for Heavy Ion Research), leading it to be officially promoted as the “City of Science” since 1997.

The conference will take place in Technische Universität Darmstadt, which is one of the leading universities of technology in Germany. The sessions will be held on its city centre campus, offering plenty of opportunities to explore the city centre. The main conference venue will be the listed heritage building- the Altes Hauptgebäude (the Old Main University Building, S1|03, Hochschulstraße 1).

Organizing committee

Dr. Nebojša Čamprag, TU Darmstadt, Faculty of Architecture

Dr. Anais De Keijser, TU Darmstadt, Faculty of Architecture

Dr. Mirjana Ristić, TU Darmstadt, Faculty of Social Sciences

Dr. Anshika Suri, TU Darmstadt, Faculty of Architecture

Prof. Dr. Lauren Ugur, Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences


Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

Ingenium, Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Ephemera Collective, Novi Sad, Serbia


Nebojša Čamprag

Research Group Urban Morphosis Lab

Technische Universität Darmstadt

Faculty of Architecture

El-Lissitzky-Straße 1, 64287 Darmstadt, Germany

Tel: +49 (0) 6151 16 22439