Modernization of Cities in the Post-Soviet Space
The aim of this seminar is to provide a comprehensive explanation for the reasons behind governments’ decisions to relocate and build new capital cities. The process of capital building is not a mere phenomenon of urbanization; rather it is a process of “text inventing” for nation-building projects. To emphasize identical implications behind city constructions, the seminar will address urbanization practices of Soviet Yerevan and Post-Soviet Astana. However, to verify the validity and generality of the proposed argument, the seminar will also briefly provide historical analysis of relocation of capitals from Moscow to St. Petersburg, and from Istanbul to Ankara.
Thus, one of the reasons that capitals have been relocated and new capitals have been built throughout history is because there has been a need to initiate processes of identity transformation in the long run.
Language of the event: English
About the speakers:
Armenian History Instructor
American University of Armenia
Political Science & International Affairs