Authoritarian Urbanism: Contemporary Manifestations, Global Entanglements and Contestation

Annual Conference of the Institute for European Urban Studies 2023

Thursday, November 09, 2023

12:00 - 13:00Registration
13:00 - 13:30

Official Opening

Daniela Zupan, Organizer, Director of the Institute for European Urban Studies, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Peter Benz, President of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Sigrun Langner, Dean of the Faculty Architecture and Urbanism, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

13:30 - 14:30

Panel 1 - Authoritarian Urban Renewal

Deniz Ay, University of Bern: "Post-Conflict Urban Renewal as an Ethnocratic Regime Practice: Racialized Governance of Redevelopment in Diyarbakir, Turkey"

Penny Koutrolikou, National Technical University of Athens: "Entangled Authoritarianisms in Athens’ City Centre"

Moderation: Lisa Vollmer, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

14:30 - 15:00Break
15:00 - 16:30

Panel 2 - Instruments of Authoritarian Urbanism I

Erika Nagy, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungary: “How to cement an authoritarian regime economically? Relating changing municipal–central state nexus and peripheral industrialisation in Hungarian small towns”

Dasha Kuletskaya, RWTH Aachen: "The 'Legitimized Architecture' by Dana Holdings: Authoritarian Urbanism under the Lukashenko Regime in Belarus"

Olga Suslova, Gustave Eiffel University Paris: "Transition of Authoritarian Urbanism: Advancing and Contesting Urban Renewal in St. Petersburg (Russia)”

Moderation: Grischa Bertram, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

16:30 - 17:00Break
17:00 - 18:00

Panel 2 – Instruments of Authoritarian Urbanism II

Hugo Fanton, University of São Paulo: "The Wall Street Consensus on the Production of Cities and the Rise of Neoliberal-Authoritarian Urbanism in Brazil”

Tuba İnal Çekiç, Hertie School Berlin: “The Anatomy of an Authoritarian Urban Policy and Resistance Strategies in İstanbul”

Moderation: Grischa Bertram, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

18:00 - 18:15


18:15 - 19:45

Opening Keynote

Michal Murawski, University College London: "Re-Colonial Russia: Eco Scaping Putin's Paradise, from Authoritarian Freedom to Culture Z"


Wine Reception

Belvederer Allee 5, 99425 Weimar

Friday, November 10, 2023

09:00 - 09:30Registration
09:30 -11:00

Panel 3 – Infrastructuring the Authoritarian City

Yimin Zhao, University of Zurich / Renmin University of China: “The Infrastructural lives of Authoritarian Urbanism: lessons from Beijing”

Asebe Regassa, University of Zurich: "Authoritarian Sedimentation in and through Addis Ababa’s Urban Infrastructure”

Nitin Bathla, ETH Zürich: "Authoritarian Urbanism beyond the city: A multiscalar analysis of infrastructure state and accumulation by segregation in neo-illiberal India" 

Moderation: Helmut Aust, Freie Universität Berlin

11:00 - 11:30Break
11:30 - 13:00

Panel 4 – Actors and Networks

Arnisa Halili, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar: "The Role of “the Diaspora” in Contemporary Authoritarian Urbanism in Tirana”

Marcell Hajdu, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar: "Political Competitions: Sporting events and right-wing populism in Budapest"

Oxana Gourinovitch, International Heritage Centre Bauhaus-Universität Weimar: "A Tale of Two Cities: Vilnius and Kaunas in the National Narrative of Smetona Regime"

Moderation: Sandra Huning, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

13:00 - 14:00Lunch Break
14:00 - 14:45

Book Tables

"Global Authoritarianism. Perspectives and Contestations from the South" (International Research Group on Authoritarianism) (eds.), transcript 2022, presented by Hugo Fanton, University of São Paulo

"Space, Planning, Politics. Inquiries into an Evident, yet Inextricable Relationship" (Welch-Guerra/Grau) (eds.), (appearing 2023); presented by Max Welch-Guerra and Victoria Grau, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

“Spatializing Authoritarianism” (Koch Ed.), Syracuse University Press 2022, presented by Alke Jenss, Arnold-Bergstraesser- Institut Freiburg and Ayşegül Can, Istanbul Medeniyet University

“sub\urban. zeitschrift für kritische stadtforschung – Special Issue Autoritärer Urbanismus“, 03/04/2023, presented by Kristine Beurskens, Gala Nettelbladt and Daniela Zupan

"We, the City. Plurality and Resistance in Berlin and Istanbul" (İnal-Çekiç/Wozniak) (eds.), JOVIS 2022, presented by Tuba İnal-Çekiç, Hertie School-Berlin

"Extended Urbanisation. Tracing Planetary Struggles" (Schmid/ Topalović Ed.), Birkhäuser Basel 2023, presented by Nitin Bathla

Film sequences of “Mother India“ (appearing), presented by Nitin Bathla

14:45 - 15:00Break
15:00 - 16:30

Panel Discussion - Urban Resistance to Authoritarianism: Past, Present, and Future

Organizers: Gala Nettelbladt, BBR, Kristine Beurskens, IfL Leipzig & Matthias Naumann, BBR

Participants: Tuba İnal Çekiç, Hertie School Berlin, Alke Jenss, Arnold-Bergstraesser- Institut Freiburg, Lela Rekhviashvili, IfL Leipzig, Kirsten Angermann, Bauhaus- Universität Weimar, Felicitas Kübler, Universität Klagenfurt, Andrei Semenov, Nazarbayev University, Astana 

16:30 - 17:00Break
17:00 - 18:30


Virág Molnár, The New School for Social Research, New York: “Budapest, the Populist City: Imperial Nostalgia and Neoliberal Authoritarianism


Conference Dinner

At "Pause" at the back of the DNT in Weimar

Saturday, November 11, 2023

09:00 - 10:30

Panel 5 - Contesting Authoritarian Urbanism I

Nadja-Christina Schneider, Humboldt-Universität Berlin: “The Architect’s Vengeance: ‘The Tower of a Forgotten India’”

Ayşegül Can, Istanbul Medeniyet University: "The Rise of Urban Resistance Movements and Spatialized Oppression: The Gezi Legacy”

Günter Gassner, Cardiff University: “Authoritarianism and the radical left: Urban guerilla and revolutionary antifascism in Berlin”

Moderation: Niloufar Tajeri, Technische Universität Berlin

10:30 - 11:00Break
11:00 - 12:30

Panel 6 - Contesting Authoritarian Urbanism II

Anna Schnieder-Krüger, Humboldt-Universität Berlin: “Countering Urban  Authoritarianism through Everyday Life on and around University Campuses in Delhi”

Arshi Javaid, Humboldt-Universität Berlin: “Urban Authoritarianism: Mediation,  Resilience, and Accelerated Transformations in Srinagar City”

Ahmadreza Hakiminejad & Mahsa Alami Fariman, Coventry
University, UK: “City as Stage: Performative Body and the Authoritarian City”

Moderation: Arnisa Halili, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

12:30 - 13:00

Final Reflections

Daniela Zupan with Max Welch Guerra, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Erika Nagy, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies Hungary and Andrei Semenov, Nazarbayev University Astana

14:30Walking Tour in Weimar with Oliver Trepte. Meeting point in front of the Deutsche Nationaltheater und Staatskapelle Weimar (DNT)

You can download the Booklet here.