Transforming cities, transformative cities


The European Urban Research Association and the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania cordially invite you to the 2015 EURA Conference

Transforming cities, transformative cities

Sibiu, Romania

17-20 September 2015

 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.

We approach cities focusing on the multiple dimensions of transformation within them and the transformations cities bring about in the wider society. The political, social, cultural, educational, economic, spatial, and environmental ramifications of transformation within and generated by cities, means that they are seen to hold a position within modern industrialised states of being the drivers of economic and social change; but is this vision of the role played by cities an accurate one? The conference will focus on the European city, but it will not neglect cities elsewhere in the world or different types of urban areas and encourages submissions beyond Europe. Special attention is given to the transformation of the post-socialist cities in the past two decades as they provide an important locus of transformation and an interesting case study on the transformative power of cities.

Call for 6th Annual Conference in Gender Studies

Institute for Gender Studies at Tbilisi State University, the Center for Social Sciences and Non-Governmental Union “Women’s Initiative for Equality” are pleased to announce 6th joint annual conference in Gender Studies: 

"Simone de Beauvoir – Gender Actualization"

Conference will be conducted in the framework of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign that is observed annually from November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to December 10 (Human Rights Day). This year’s conference is devoted to the life and work of prominent French feminist and philosopher Simone de Beauvoir (1908 – 1986). Union Women’s Initiative for Equality has finalized the translation of Simone de Beauvoir’s foundational work – Second Sex (1949) to Georgian language and the conference participants will have the opportunity to meet and listen to the translator Prof. Mzia Bakradze and the project initiator Prof. Lela Gaprindashvili, as well as the invited guests from France. Conference will provide unique opportunity to scholars interested to present original works on ideas and biography of Beauvoir as well as impact of her activities on the development of the feminist theory and movement. Original works not related directly to Simone de Beauvoir and her activities but supporting actualization of gender as analytical category, the system of concepts and dependencies can also be presented during the conference.
Conference Dates:  November 27-28, 2014 
Conference Venue:  TSU I Block
Conference Language: Georgian and English (simultaneous translation provided)
 Papers and presentations are accepted on issues related to any of the following topics:
 1.       Simone de Beauvoir – Life, Work, Importance
·       Beauvoir’s ideas and their impact on the development of feminist theory and movement.
·     The importance of introduction of Second Sex to Georgian Academic community and beyond.
·        Beauvoir’s biography studies.
 2.       Gender actualization in the Georgian context
·         Gender in family and daily life
·         Gender in the political life of the country
·         Gender, nationalism and religion
·         Gender representation in art and media
·         Gender-based violence
·         Gender identity and sexual orientation

Submission Deadline for Abstracts and Application forms is October 24, 2014.

For further information on abstract submission, abstract writing guidelines or issues related to the conference, please visit:,  

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GOOD GIRLS. International Exhibition

National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest


Curator: Bojana Pejić (Berlin)

Co-Curator: Olivia Nițiș (Bucharest)

Production assistant: Alina Bucur (MNAC)

Architects: Kalliopi Dimou and Sorin Istudor

Artists: Nina Arbore (Ro), Ethel Băiaș (Ro), Ana Bănică (Ro), Jurga Barilaitė (Lt), Bureau of Melodramatic Research - Irina Gheorghe & Alina Popa (Ro), Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz (De), Geta Brătescu (Ro), Irina Broboană (Ro), Mina Byck-Wepper (Ro), Filipa Cezar (Pt), CHIRKLI Collective (Can), Anetta Mona Chișa & Lucia Tkačová (Cz), Ioana Ciocan (Ro), Maria Ciurdea Steurer (Ro), Alexandra Croitoru (Ro), Larisa Crunțeanu (Ro), Cecilia Cuțescu – Storck (Ro), Suzana Dan (Ro), Anna Daučikova (Sk), Cristina David (Ro), Lucia Dem Bălăcescu (Ro), Bianka Dobo (Hun), Simona Dobrescu (Ro), Sandra Dukić & Boris Glamočanin (BiH), Elian (Ro), Suzana Fântânariu (Ro), Aniela Firon (Ro), Mariela Gemisheva (Bg), Chengyao He (Cn), Iraida Icaza (Pa), Corina Ilea (Ro), Orit Ishay (Isr), Hristina Ivanoska (Mkd), Sanja Iveković (Hr), Anna Jermolaewa (Rus), Regina José Galindo (Gtm), Adela Jušić (BiH), Gülsün Karamustafa (Tur), Mihaela Kavdanska (Ro), Lesya Khomenko (Ukr), Aurora Kiraly (Ro), Katrazyna Kozyra (Pol), Elke Krystufek (Aut), Ana Lupaș (Ro), Flavia Lupu (Ro), Romana Mateiaș (Ro), Olivia Mihălțianu (Ro), Adina Paula Moscu (Ro), Anca Munteanu – Rimnic (Ro), Ioana Nemeș (Ro), Ilona Németh (Sk), Alexandra Pirici (Ro), Delia Popa (Ro), Marilena Preda – Sânc (Ro), Renee Renard (Ro), Necla Ruzgar (Tur), Véronique Sapin (Fra), Liina Siib (Est), Hito Steyerl (De), Patricia Teodorescu (Ro), Milica Tomić (Srb), Roxana Trestioreanu (Ro), Martha Wilson (USA)

Good Girls is an international exhibition offering a broad perspective on contemporary women’s art practices. The exhibition is structured around three concepts central to contemporary women’s practices worldwide: memory, desire and power.

The Memory section presents artworks relating to issues of collective remembrance and individual memory. The works deal with the re-construction of family histories, trauma and loss, collective amnesia and with re-writing women’s histories and genealogies.

Desire comprises works investigating multiple configurations of identity, corporeality and sexuality. Artists question culturally-shaped stereotypes of femininity and its normative representation.

The section of Power gathers the artworks around forms of social critique and activism. Deconstructing ideologies and discussing power relations as well as community work and ethical aspects shape artists’ political comments within various cultural borders. 

In the context of the exhibition an International Symposium will be organized on the 27th and 28th of September 2013. Participants are to be announced. 

Partners: Experimental Project, Austrian Cultural Forum, Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center in Bucharest

Sponsor: Crama Oprisor

Media Partners: Igloo, Zeppelin, Radio France Internationale,, Șapte Seri