CATference theme: 25 years of urban change


We encourage a wide range of contributions on the development of post-socialist cities (‘cities after transition’). At the same time, and considering that Prague´s Albertov neighbourhood – the venue of the CATference – was the initial place for the 1989 Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, we intend to grasp the opportunity to look back at the development of the disciplines of urban geography and urban studies more generally during the last 25 years. Therefore, we plan to discuss the variety of theoretical concepts, methodologies, empirical findings and research techniques used in research on different post-socialist cities during this period.


The organizers particularly welcome papers within the following fields, but there is no formal thematic restriction other than the one implicit in the heading of the conference:

• Theoretical concepts in post-socialist urban research and new theoretical concepts stemming specifically from research on post-socialist cities
• The contribution of post-socialist cities to urban theory and vice versa
• Demographic processes within the city
• Settlement structure, urbanisation, suburbanisation and counterurbanisatioin
• Patterns, forms and causes of housing inequality and residential segregation
• Mobility (daily mobility, residential change, internal and international in- and out-migration)
• Morphological and functional transformations of metropolitan regions
• Specific communities within the post-socialist city; social environment and social climate
• Functional and population change in inner cities, including gentrification, reurbanization, residentialization, etc.
• Urban governance
• Urban identities in the post-socialist cities
• Lifestyles and the city
• Architecture and materiality of the post-socialist city
• Homelessness and extreme forms of urban social marginalization
• Social movements and urban civil society Influences of the ongoing geopolitical unrest on post-socialist urban areas
• Conflict and post-conflict urban geographies in post-socialist cities