The City in Transition: Transformation Processes in Southeastern Europe since the 1980s

The City in Transition: Transformation Processes in Southeastern Europe since the 1980s

Institut für donauschwäbische Geschichte und Landeskunde / Institute for Danube Swabian History and Regional Studies
Tübingen, Museumsgesellschaft, Silchersaal
Takes place
In Attendance
From - Until
06.10.2022 - 08.10.2022
PD Dr. Daniela Simon

Invitation to the Annual Scientific Conference. Institute for Danube Swabian History and Regional Studies, Tübingen, 6.-8.10.2022

The City in Transition: Transformation Processes in Southeastern Europe since the 1980s

The conference addresses diverse transfor-mation processes in Southeastern Europe, using cities as examples. It will attempt to combine historical research as well as social science analyses in order to relate macro processes such as political developments, crises and con-flicts to people's perceptions, memories and ideas.

Cities are suitable for a concentrated examina-tion of transformation because, on the one hand, they are administrative, economic, and cultural centers and thus, spaces of diverse social developments. They are crystallization spots of different and intertwining practices and discourses. On the other hand, the devel-opment of cities in the 20th century is under-stood as part of an overall social change. Cities are involved in regional, European and global relations with other cities. They are sites of both enactment and initiation of economic, cultural, and political change.

Conference papers will discuss how a history of the transformation of economy, culture, and politics can be written, using cities as examples. Looking at these three broad areas in the small context of cities promises to make visible the mechanisms of transformation "from below". Therefore, contributions and suggested topics on industrial cities with their companies as possible agents of change as well as on capital, university, and other cities in their role as knowledge centers and municipal or state deci-sion-making centers were included. The focus will be on agents of change at the macro and micro levels.

The contributions to urban development in-cluding infrastructure planning, control and design of public space, housing, architecture, financing methods, etc. have been selected. In addition, papers will be presented on self-understanding, urban identity, the ethics of urban development, and the understanding of work and property. Among other things, the question arises whether and how images of the past and historical backgrounds with their spe-cific traditions of cultural diversity and different political systems have been reflected in urban development around and after 1989.


Thursday, October 6th 2022

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Johler, Director of the Institute for Danube Swabian History and Regional Studies, Tübingen

If Cars Could Walk: Postsocialist Streets between Circulation and Conviviality
Prof. Dr. Ger Duijzings, Regensburg


Friday, October 7th 2022

I. Work and Society in Transition
9:00 – 10:20

Transformation, Krisen, Wandel? Humangeographische Perspektiven auf drei Jahrzehnte gesellschaftlicher Veränderungen in Sofia und darüber hinaus
Prof. Dr. Christian Smigiel, Salzburg

Transformation der Arbeit in Budapest nach 1989: die Stadt in der neuen internationalen Arbeitsteilung
Dr. Márton Czirfusz, Budapest

10:20 – 10:35 Break

II. Urban Planning and Urban Property
10:35 – 11:55

(Trans)forming Belgrade’s Waterfront: Normalization of Rhetoric
Dr. Nikolina Bobić, Plymouth

Property Rights and Restitution in Novi Sad
PD Dr. Daniela Simon, Tübingen

11:55 – 14:25
Lunch break followed by a visit to the Institute for Danube Swabian History and Regional Studies

III. Urban Redevelopment and Urban Ethics
14:25 – 15:45

The Good, the Bad and the Uncertain Heritage: Controversies over Local Identity and Urban Redevelopment in Contemporary Iași
Dr. Liliana Iuga, Aachen

Stadtfragmente – Ethische Debatten und symbolische Kämpfe in Bukarest
Dr. Daniel Habit, München

15:45 – 16:00 Break

IV. Redefinition of State Socialist Architecture and Industry
16:00 – 17:20

State-Socialist Housing as Heritage: An Examination of Housing Estates in Prague and Belgrade
Dr. Maja Babić, Prag

Stadt am Wasser – Neudefinition der alten Hafenanlagen in den Donaustädten von Wien bis Budapest
Prof. Dr. Máté Tamáska, Debrecen and Vác

18:00 Dinner

Saturday, October 8th 2022

V. Cultural Heritage and Memory
9:00 – 10:20

Palimpsest or Glass Onion of Urban Memory:
Ušće, an Urban Neighborhood of Belgrade, from 1988 to 2020
Prof. Dr. Milan Popadić, Belgrade

A Post-Colonial Lens for the Postsocialist City? Urban Transformations in Southeastern Europe between Imperial Legacies and New Entanglements
Dr. Gruia Badescu, Konstanz

10:20 – 10:35 Break

VI. The Transformation of the City in the Focus of Science and the Public: Books, Projects and Exhibitions
10:35 – 12:00

Temeswar/Timișoara/Temesvár. Eine kleine Stadtgeschichte – Book Presentation
PD Dr. Tobias Weger, München

Digitalisierungsprojekt „Sammlung Temeswar“ Jan Schrastetter M.A., München

Capital of Culture Novi Sad, Virtual Exhibition
PD Dr. Daniela Simon, Tübingen

12:00 – 12:20 Concluding Discussion

Contact (announcement)

Contact Address and Registration
Institute for Danube Swabian History and Regional Studies
Mohlstraße 18 l 72074 Tübingen
Tel.: 0049-(0)7071/9992-500 l Fax: 0049-(0)7071/9992-501