Studying 'emptiness' in post-socialist towns and villages
The phenomenon of 'emptiness' is observed in towns and villages of former socialist countries that are being abandoned by capital, people, and the state. This phenomenon has been subject to popular and academic discourses defining it as the destruction of material, social, and economic life, resulting in its politicisation or aestheticisation. However, the reasons and the political shape of emptiness are not fully understood. The EU-funded Emptiness project will study the withdrawal of capital, state, and people in Latvia, Ukraine, Russia and Belarus by examining the experiences, narratives, politics and governance of emptiness and emptying. The project will analyse the relationship between capital, state, people and place, centring on the hypothesis that political and economic interests are shifting towards 'global cities', while the other urban and non-urban spaces are becoming increasingly disconnected.
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