3rd International Workshop on Post-communist Urban Geographies
Actors Shaping Urban
17–19 September 2009, Tartu, Estonia
Background and aim
Call for papers and for session organizers
Registration fee and payment details
Organizers, host institution
Paper and presentation requirements
We call for papers in any field dealing with
post-communist urban change, either empirical or theoretical in content. Both
quantitative and qualitative research from population, political, cultural,
economic geographic and other perspectives on such cities are warmly welcome. In
addition to this open call for papers, the subtitle of the workshop focuses on
the role of various local and/or global actors — the state, people/households, enterprises, public/third sector — in shaping post-communist urban areas. For example, the organizers encourage submission of papers on the topic of people in the city, focusing on issues such as everyday lives and socio-cultural
groups in the city-space, patterns and causes of segregation and desegregation,
and the role of mobility (daily mobility, residential change, internal and
international in- and out-migration) in shaping the post-communist urban change.
Call for session organizers
We also encourage the organization of thematic
sessions, especially on the role of other global and local urban actors in
shaping post-communist cities. To be eligible for organizing a session, a short
abstract should be submitted to the organizers of the workshop.
The field trip will visit Northeast Estonia or Ida-Virumaa, the main area of rapid Soviet-era industrialization and urbanization. We will visit cities such as Narva (a border town with Russia), Kohtla-Järve (a centre of oil-shale production) and Sillamäe (previously a closed city) during the excursion.
We encourage the submission of full papers by all participants since we would like to continue the tradition to publish the best contributions in the form of a special issue of a peer reviewed international journal.
Early bird registration (payment before 1 June 2009):
· 200 EUR for scholars making a presentation (applies also to the co-authors attending the conference)
· 100 EUR for PhD students making a presentation (applies also to the co-authors attending the conference)
Regular fees (payment after 1 June 2009):
· 220 EUR for scholars making a presentation (applies also to the co-authors attending the conference)
· 125 EUR for PhD students making a presentation (applies also to the co-authors attending the conference)
· 300 EUR for those who do not deliver a presentation
10 PhD students submitting the best full papers will be awarded with 100 EUR scholarships. The decision is made by the organizers (see below).
The registration fee covers workshop materials, coffee breaks, meals and the excursion.
If for some reason you are registered and you have paid the conference fee but you cannot come to the conference, please let us know about it as soon as possible. If you annul your registration before the 1st September, you will get 80% refund, later annulments will not be refunded.
Bank name: SEB Bank
Bank address: Tornimäe 2, 15010 Tallinn, Estonia
Bank account number: 10102000234007
Account holder name: University of Tartu
SWIFT code EEUHEE2X
Dr Michael Gentile, University of Gävle
Dr Anneli Kährik, University of Tartu
Dr. Kadri Leetmaa, University of Tartu
Dr. Tiit Tammaru, University of Tartu
Dr. Craig Young, Manchester Metropolitan University
The workshop will be hosted by the Chair of
Human Geography and Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, University of Tartu. The University of Tartu
is the oldest (1632) and largest (17000 students) university in Estonia.
We suggest the following accommodation in two different price classes, both close to the main seminar building:
Barclay Hotel (10 min walking distance) http://www.barclay.ee/
Tartu Hostels: Pepleri (2 min walking distance) http://www.tartuhostel.eu/
The Barclay Hotel will make a significant discount (a single room for 50 EUR per night) for CAT-ference participants when the payment is made via the organizers in advance. Thus, if you would like to stay in the Barclay Hotel at a discounted rate, please pay the cost of your accommodation to the organizers together with the registration fee by 1 June 2009.
Session proposal abstracts (max 250 words) to be submitted by: 15 March 2009
Paper abstracts (max 250 words) to be submitted by: 1 May 2009 (in case you have preferences please specify also the title of the session where you would like to have your presentation)
Early bird registration before: 1 June 2009
Discounted accommodation in the Barclay Hotel (payment to the organizers) before: 1 June 2009
Final registration: 15 August 2009
Full paper submission: 10 September 2009
For presentation there is 15 minutes +5 minutes for discussion.
Please contact us through veuk [ät] ut.ee
Information on the workshop is available at: /VEUK
16 September 2009
Welcome to Tartu. The Registration desk will be open between 18.00 and 20.00 at the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, Vanemuise 46, Tartu
17 September 2009 (Vanemuise 46)
9.00 - 9.30 Get together/social, registration continued
9.30 - 10.00 Opening of workshop
10.00 - 11.30 Presentations
12.00 - 13.30 Presentations
13.30 - 15.00 Lunch
15.00 - 16.30 Presentations
17.00 - 18.30 Presentations
19.30 - 21.00 Dinner
18 September 2009 (Vanemuise 46)
9.30 - 11.00 Presentations
11.30 - 13.00 Presentations
13.00 - 14.30 Lunch
14.30 - 16.00 Presentations
16.30 - 18.00 Presentations
19 September 2009
We greatly acknowledge the sponsors of the CAT-ference: Estonian Science Foundation (grant no 7588), Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences at the University of Tartu, Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers Post-socialist Geographies Research Group
Tartu is located 180 km south from Tallinn and 250 km north from Riga. Tourism information about Tartu is on www.visittartu.com.
In addition to car it is possible to arrive to Tartu by bus or by train and also by plane from Riga (www.airbaltic.com) and from Stockholm (since August 24th www.estonian-air.ee). From Tartu airport to Tartu goes taxies and buses (www.bussireisid.ee, departure “lennujaam (tartumaa)”).
Busses go from Tallinn bus station to Tartu on every hour or half hour from 6 am to 11 pm. From Tallinn airport to Tallinn bus station goes bus nr.2 and taxies.
From Tallinn train station to Tartu goes four trains:
6.40-9.45; 7.46-10.09 (has I class); 14.42-17.58; 16.50-19.17 (has I class)
From Riga to Tallinn goes Hansabuss and Eurolines.
Riga-Tallinn (Hansabuss) 6.20-10.45; 11,45-16.10; 17.30-21.55
Riga-Tallinn (Eurolines) 1.25-6.30; 7.00-11.25; 8.30-13.00; 12.30-16.55; 15.30-20.00; 17.00-21.15; 18.30-22.55; 23.40-4.10
Straight from Riga bus station to Tartu goes one bus – Mon-Sun 18.45-22.45.
It is also possible to change in Pärnu:
Riga-Pärnu (Mo-Fr) 6.20-8.55. From Pärnu bus station to Tartu goes 11 busses from 6.45 am to 7.00 pm.
It is recommended to recheck bus and train schedules because the schedules may change before September.
If you need to be at Tallinn airport in the evening of the excursion day in Ida-Virumaa you can get there by bus from Narva (buses arrive to Tallinn 20.55 and 22.45).
In early morning on September 20th it is possible to get from Tartu to Riga airport by taxi (for 4 people 2000 EEK (~130 EUR)). Everybody who would like to use that opportunity should inform us about it on September 10th latest.
Map of Tartu: the location of CAT seminar, bus and train station and suggested accommodation places.