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Mapping “Post-Conflict” Cities

Erkner, Germany
Organisation: Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS)
Wars end… But when does the postwar era end? asked Klaus Naumann (1999). One could also ask when does it begin and what does it precisely mean. Recent academic works have shown that the plans for post-war reconstruction can be traced back well before the first buildings were ever damaged, at least in some cases. Furthermore, the end of a conflict did not always mean the end of demolitions, the destruction of the urban fabric continued sometimes in peace times. Existing redevelopment plans were sometimes revisited. The exact nature of such continuities in situation of regime change needs further exploration. Equally important, different actors shaping visions of post-conflict cities and their connections should be analysed further. Finally, whereas the fate of capitals and other dominant cities have been studied in detailed, the secondary cities have received noticeably less scholarly attention.
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 nineteenth 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.