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RSA Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Conference 2022 in Leipzig

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The RSA Central and Eastern Europe Conference "Bridging Old and New Divides: Global Dynamics, Regional transformation" will take place in Leipzig from 13 to 17 September 2022. The conference is organised by the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography in cooperation with the Research Centre Global Dynamics at the University of Leipzig and the Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig.

Regional development is often treated as being based on a clear and consensual perspective on the kind of progress needed. But academic as well as political debates are far less univocal. Regional studies in the past three decades have articulated a range of new and old social, spatial, economic and political divides, especially between urban centers and peripheralised non-metropolitan areas that stem from the dominant regional development approaches in CEE and beyond. Existing research has emphasized the capacity of Neoliberalism to reinvent and consolidate itself after each juncture of crisis, which has been at the expense of foreclosing alternative developmental paths. A range of recent processes, such as the so called ‘migrant crisis’, rise of illiberal populism, questioning the European project, the rising economic influence of China in CEE, adaptation to climate change and recently the COVID-19 pandemic, have sparked further anxieties and fears of new divides and exclusions.

The RSA CEE Conference in Leipzig will open up a dialogue around these divides, exploring how they shape current research and regional policy in, across, and beyond CEE. The roganisers are particularly keen to see research which views globalisation not as a recent process only, nor simply emanating from an assumed centre creating all kinds of peripheries, but one that is deeply rooted in a longer process of adaptation to the global condition and over-time transformations of the capitalist world economy. The conference intends to challenge current and highlight new research perspectives to regional development in CEE, bridging disciplinary, temporal, socio-spatial, scalar, knowledge production, policy, material-immaterial and theory-practice divides.

Several special sessions at the conference are organised by IfL researchers:

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Chinese investments in East Europe’s infrastructures: a relational critical political economy perspective / 03

Agnes Gagyi (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Lela Rekhviashvili (IfL)

Old or new divides? Blackness, Whiteness and Racialisation in Eastern Europe in a Comparative Perspective / 04

Lena Dallywater (IfL)
Špela Drnovšek Zorko (University of Warwick, UK)
Daria Krivonos (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Community Economies in CEE I + II / 08, 09

Nadia Johanisova (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)
Markus Sattler (IfL)
Lucie Sovová (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)

Postcolonial approaches in the system of Soviet geographical education / 11

Jana Moser (IfL)
Philipp Meyer (IfL)
Sofia Gavrilova (IfL)

Agents of Change in Old Industrial Regions of Europe / 14

Nadir Kinossian (IfL)
Ani Saunders (Cardiff University, UK)
Linda Stihl (Lund University, Sweden)

Spatialities of security and insecurity - Experiences in Central and Eastern Europe / 19

Kristine Beurskens (IfL)
Bettina Bruns (IfL)

Infrastructural materialities: human and non-human interactions / 21

Wladimir Sgibnev (IfL)
Tonio Weicker (IfL)
Lyubomir Pozharliev (IfL)

Roundtable Discussion on Leipzig-based regional research about CEE: institutional settings and research agendas / 22

Annegret Haase (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ). Germany)
Katja Castryck-Naumann (Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe)
Lela Rekhviashvili (IfL)

In need for more exchange: an open discussion on research collaboration between East and West / 23

Kristine Beurskens (IfL)
Špela Drnovšek Zorko (Waseda University, Japan/University of Warwick, UK)
Vera Smirnova (Kansas State University, USA)
Monika Bobako (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)

Further information can be found at