Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Daniela Zupan

European Cities and Urban Heritage - Profile

The Junior Professorship in European Cities and Urban Heritage operates at the interface of urban studies and heritage studies. It focuses on transformation processes in European cities. This comprises research on the built urban structures and their discursive negotiation, on the history of planning ideas and paradigm changes, on policy mobilities and their influence on contemporary urban development, as well as on the socio-spatial, political and economic trends that shaped and continue to shape urban development in the 20th and 21st centuries.

I am interested in the processes through which urban heritage is negotiated and the power arrangements displayed therein, as well as in the immaterial legacies that shape contemporary urban development. Geographically, the Junior Professorship in European Cities and Urban Heritage focuses on developments in Germany, Austria, and the (post-)socialist countries, especially Russia. Current research topics comprise the negotiation of post-war modernist housing estates, authoritarian urbanism and post-socialist urban development.


Neues Themenheft zu Autoritärem Urbanismus erschienen
Dem mannigfaltigem Phänomen autoritären Urbanismus widmet sich das aktuelle Schwerpunktheft der sub\urban Zeitschrift für kritische Stadtforschung. Als Gastherausgeberin des Schwerpunkts fungierte Daniela Zupan. Weitere Informationen...

Das aktuelle Lehrangebot vom Sommersemester 2024 finden Sie hier.

The current teaching offer of the Junior Professorship European Cities and Urban Heritage for the winter semester 2023/24 can be found here.



Guest Lecture - Anna Zhelnina
On 07.12.2021 Anna Zhelnina will give a guest lecture on “Urban Activism and Urban Mobilizations in Russia. The Housing Renovation Program in Moscow“. The online lecture is open to the public and is organized within the European Cities course.

"Меняющийся город в меняющемся климате / Changing Cities in a Changing Climate"
This semester we start an online dialogue-series on ecological urban development. Please find more information HERE.

Guest Lecture Joanna Kusiak
On 14.12.2021 Joanna Kusiak will give a guest lecture on the topic "Deutsche Wohnen & Co. enteignen: An attempt at law-based revolution?" The lecture will be held online and is part of the European Cities lecture. 

Start der Weimarer Stadt-Gespräche im Sommersemester 2021
Die Weimarer Stadt-Gespräche sind eine neue Veranstaltungsreihe des Instituts für Europäische Urbanistik der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in Kooperation mit der Stadt Weimar. Im Rahmen der Stadt-Gespräche werden aktuelle stadt- und regionalrelevante Themen und Herausforderungen mit geladenen Expert*innen universitäts- und stadtöffentlich diskutiert. Mehr Informationen. LINK

Gastvortrag von Maria Gunko
Am 26.01.2021 hält Maria Gunko einen Gastvortrag: „“Why do we need cities if they don’t grow?” reflections on urban shrinkage and planning policies in Russia“. Der Vortag ist öffentlich und wird im Zuge der Vorlesung European Cities organisiert.


New thematic issue on urban development in Eastern Europe.
Guest edited by Daniela Zupan and Vera Smirnova, the open access journal Urban Studies and Practices has recently published a new thematic issue in two volumes «Город между центром и периферией / The city between center and periphery. LINK

Urban Conflicts Podcast
The “Urban Conflicts” Podcast discusses contemporary urban conflicts and their effects on city planning by focusing on conflicts on Abandoned Spaces, Heritage and Identity conflicts, as well as Urban Activism and Authoritarian Practices in conflicts.

Online-Vortrag ‚Housing in Question‘
Im Juli 2020 hält Daniela Zupan einen Vortag im Rahmen der Online-Vorträge ‚Housing in Question‘ mit dem Titel „Politics and the making of heritage. Problematization of large-scale modernist housing estates”, in dem sie sich mit der Kritik und den Erbeverhandlungen rund um moderne Großwohnsiedlungen beschäftigt. 

Guest Lecture - Ihor Andriichuk.
On 12.11.2020 Ihor Andriichuk will give a guest lecture: “Back to Kant? Decolonial theory in Eastern Europe.” The talk is supported by the Bauhaus Module as part of the seminar Contested Modernism and is open to the public.

We are looking for two student assistants to support our research, starting from November 2020.
The Junior Professorship in European Cities and Urban Heritage is currently looking for two student assistants to support its research on contemporary forms of authoritarian urbanism. Each contract comprises a period of  months, 20 hours per month and both shall commence in November 2020. 

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Neuer Artikel – Wohnungsforschung
Kürzlich ist ein neuer Beitrag von Daniela Zupan über die unterschiedliche Verhandlung und Bedeutung moderner Großwohnsiedlungen in Deutschland und Österreich in der Zeitschrift Housing Studies erschienen: De-constructing crisis: post-war modernist housing estates in West Germany and Austria.

Seed Financing – Authoritarian Urbanism in the 21st Century.
Supported by the seed financing fund of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar  Dr. Amanda Zadorian Gül Topraktepe and Galyna Sukhomud support the Junior Professorship in developing a research proposal that seeks to explore how urbanism is used to strengthen authoritarian tendencies.

Neuer Artikel – Autoritäre Stadtentwicklung Russland
In der Zeitschrift Forum Stadt, Heft 1/2020, findet sich unter dem Titel „Modell Moskau – Entstehung, Entwicklung und Expansion“ ein neuer Beitrag von Daniela Zupan und Mirjam Büdenbender, der kritisch die politische Rolle von Urbanismus im heutigen Russland bespricht.

Neuer Kurzbeitrag – Europäische Stadt
In der ersten Ausgabe 2020 des Magazin Innenstadt findet sich ein Kurzbeitrag von Daniela Zupan über die Bedeutung des Leitbildes der Europäischen Stadt. Die Gesamtausgabe ist frei zugänglich. 


Guest Lecture - Dr. Lela Rekhviashvili. On 12.12.2019 Dr. Lela Rekhviashvili will give a guest lecture at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar: “Beyond Civil Society – Political Society, Informality and Resistance in Post-Soviet Cities.” The talk is part of the lecture course European Cities and is open to the public.

Guest Lecture - Dr. Mirjam Büdenbender. On 05.12.2019 Dr. Mirjam Büdenbender will give a guest lecture at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar: “Housing – Home or Financial Asset?” The talk is part of the lecture course European Cities and is open to the public.

Conference Participation. From 15.-16.11.2019 Daniela Zupan took part in the session “Authoritarian Urbanism” at the “VDNKh”-conference of the European University at Saint Petersburg, Russia. Together with Andrei Semenov, Irina Shevtsova and Vsevolod Bederson from the Centre for Comparative History and Political Studies at Perm State University she presented their work “Making Authoritarian Urbanism Work: Origins and Consequences of Authoritarian Urbanism in Russia.”