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Conference "Public Transport as Public Space"

Brussels, Belgium


The conference "Public Transport as Public Space" is organised within PUTSPACE, a collaborative project led by researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (Leipzig, Germany) and the Universities of Tallinn (Estonia), Turku (Finland) and Brussels (Belgium). Both the conference and project explore what makes public transport a type of public space, and for whom.

The conference aims to gather diverse contributions that humanise and politicise knowledge about public transport by exploring narratives, experiences and contestations of public transport, and is not a typical academic event. Alongside academic researchers, it will gather public officials, policy experts, activists and artists. Participants therefore can expect a wide range of topics covering the following aspects:

  • design and architecture of public (transport) space
  • the politics of public transport infrastructure
  • the pandemic resilience of public transpor
  • gendering public transport
  • passenger encounters: “othering” and “difference”
  • public transport labour
  • public transport museums and heritage
  • representations of public transport: public transport (and) art(s)
  • art-led research into public transport

The conference is organised as part of the PUTSPACE project, which is financially supported by the HERA Joint Research Programme, co-funded by AKA, BMBF via DLRPT, ETAg, and the European Commission through Horizon 2020.

Further information

Contact at IfL

Dr Wladimir Sgibnev, w_sgibnev(at)
Dr Tonio Weicker, t_weicker(at)