Urban Movements and Local Politics in CEE countries: Recent Developments and Conceptual Ambivalences

International Workshop organized by the CEFRES, in cooperation with the Institute of Sociological Studies (Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague).

Date: 4–6 November 2021
Place: CEFRES, Prague and online (for the access, please contact: claire(@)cefres.cz)
Language: English


Thursday, 4 November

17:30 Welcome speech

18:00 – 19:00 Keynote: Agnes Gagyi, University of Gothenburg, Housing struggles in Eastern Europe as a structural field of contention

19:00 Cocktails

Friday, 5 November

9:30 – 11:00 Housing crisis: Alternative housing and resisting actors 

Zsuzsanna Pósfai, Periféria Policy and Research Center, Potential financial mechanisms for new forms of affordable housing

Yuliya Moskvina, Ludmila Böhmova,  Charles University in Prague, Jakub Černý, University of Ostrava, Písnice as a space of resistance to privatization

Jakub Černý, University of Ostrava, Processes of (collective) resistence in the context of residential displacement in Czechia: Case study „Bedřiška”

Chair: Yoann Morvan (CNRS)

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00 Urban initiatives and movements 

Alexandra Bitušíková, Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, Not in our town: Urban activism in Slovakia (The case of Banská Bystrica)

Justyna Kościńska, University of Warsaw, Theorizing urban movements in Pierre Bourdieu’s terms of capital and habitus

Klemen Ploštajner, University of Ljubljana, Between political and post-political: Two urban movements in Ljubljana

Chair: Ronan Hervouet (CEFRES / CNRS / Bordeaux University)

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch break

14:30 – 16:00 Institutional formations in the cities: neoliberalism and beyond 

Michaela Pixová, Charles University in Prague, Governance of crises in crisis: Dialogue, cooperation and radical forms of democracy as a way of overcoming inaction

Václav Orcígr, Charles University in Prague, Recent development and planning in Prague – NGO perspective

Pavel Šuška, Slovak Academy of Sciences, From Local ideology to tactical urbanism and strategic integration: Changing place-frames within urban political landscape of post-socialist Bratislava

Svetlana Moskaleva, European University at St.Petersburg,  Institutionalization of urban planning in post-soviet Russia

Chair: Yuliya Moskvina (UK)

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break

16:30 – 17:30 Spatial practices 

Lýdia Grešáková, Zuzana Tabačková, Spolka, Spatial practices from the margins

Adela Petrovic, Greta Kukeli, Charles University in Prague, From a former industrial neighborhood to a creative-class oasis: A case study of Karlín, the inner-city neighborhood of Prague

Chair: Václav Orcígr (UK)

Saturday, 6 November

10:00 Critical urban tour at Karlín district with Jakub Nakládal (meeting at CEFRES)

For more information, see the call for papers: here.