17-20 September 2015
EURA 2015 conference took place in the beautiful city of Sibiu, 2007 European Capital of Culture. This spectacular Romanian city serves as illustration of the post-socialist city, a locus of significant transformation from political, social, economic, and environmental point of view in the past two decades.
Cities are dynamic places, where change is the result of both the innovation which inherently stems from the openness of cities and direct interventions. At the same time cities are involved in bringing about broader social, political, economic and environmental transformation. What happens in the cities has consequences in terms of global change. While cities themselves are constantly transforming, a debate over the contribution of urban areas to the transformation of societies, economies and political systems is on-going. The post-socialist cities are, from this point of view, a particularly important locus of transformation and an interesting case study on the transformative power of cities.
We approach cities focusing on the multiple dimensions of transformation within cities and the transformations cities bring about into the wider society. The political, social, cultural and educational, economic, spatial, and environmental ramifications of transformation are taken into account.
The conference focused on the European city, while it does not neglect cities elsewhere in the world or different types of urban areas. Special attention was also given to the transformation of the post-socialist cities in the past two decades.