2022 UMM Conference: Mapping “Post-Conflict” Cities

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October 20, 2022 to October 21, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Modern European History / Studies, South Asian History / Studies, Urban Design and Planning, Urban History / Studies

Building on the knowledge gathered from academic literature as well as from the first UrbanMetaMapping conference “Cartographies of Catastrophes” in Bamberg (2021) this conference will examine mapping of “post-conflict” cities from the 19th century until the present day in different geographic settings. Firstly, we want to focus particularly on the question of continuities and ruptures relating to urban planning in those cases when end of conflict coincided with a change of socio-political regime. Secondly, we want to move away from the iconic cities, capitals in particular, and focus instead on less known case studies. We are therefore particularly interested in mapping of “peripheral” cities and their experience of “post-conflict” periods.


  •  on site participation: 25. Sep. 2022
  •  online participation: 16. Oct. 2022



Thursday 20.10.2022

09:15-09:45 Registration

09:45-10:00 Welcome and introduction: Piotr Kisiel (IRS)

10:00-11:30 Keynote: Ian Gregory (Lancaster University)

11:30-11:45 Coffee Break

11:45-13:15 Session 1: Planning and its effects

11:45-12:00 Carol Ludwig (GESIS) & Seraphim Alvanides (GESIS): Nirgendwo in Essen geriet in den 1950er Jahren der Wiederaufbau derart hypermodern – und brutal* An urban analytics approach to the urban and social post-war development of Essen

12:00-12:15 Łukasz Musiaka (University of Łódź): Post-war spatial transformations of small towns in the context of spatial policy challenges on the example of Węgorzewo

12:30-13:15 Discussion

13:15-14:30 Lunch

14:30-16:00 Session 2: Narrating post-conflict cities

14:30-14:45 Elisa-Maria Hiemer (Herder Institute Marburg): Narrating transformation and catastrophes: The perception of western Polish cities by German and Polish maps and texts

14:45-15:00 Tabitha Redepenning (Herder Institute Marburg): Urban Authenticity in Szczecin. Seeing Szczecin as “Modern” or “Historical” City

15:00-15:15 Sana Asif (National Institute of Technology Patna): Muslim women and spaces: Mapping cartographical changes in the postpartition cities

15:15-16:00 Discussion

17:30-19:00 Guided Excursion

19:30 Dinner

Friday, 21.10.2022

10:00-11:30 Session 3: Residues of the past

10:00-10:15 Birgit Knauer (TU Wien): Capital, small town and reconstruction. A report from ongoing research on war-torn cities in Austria

10:15-10:30 Bilal Bilgili (Bingöl University): Post-war reconstruction strategies and effects on historic urban texture: Beirut/Lebanon case study

10:30-10:45 Selvihan Kurt (Istanbul Technical University): The cemeteries of Izmir in the post- war era: continuity and rapture in rebuilding the city and its urban environment

10:45-11:30 Discussion

11:30-11:40 Coffee break

11:45-13:15 Session 4: (Un)Democratic Reconstruction

11:45-12:00 Gözde Orha (Altinbas University): Redesigning post-conflict cities of Turkey: A comparison

12:00-12:15 Helena Cermeño (University of Kassel) & Katja Mielke (BICC): Potentials for peacebuilding through heritage management in Lahore (Pakistan)

12:15-12:30 J. Hoay-Fern Ooi (University of Tokyo): Parallel Cities: Memorialization and the urban landscape in Myanmar under military rule

12:30-13:15 Discussion

13:15-13:45 Concluding Remarks: Carmen Enss (University of Bamberg)

13:45-15:00 Lunch

Contact Info: 

Piotr Kisiel,

Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung e.V. (IRS)
Flakenstraße 29-31
15537 Erkner