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Workshop Report: “Public-Oriented Mobility Through Digital Technology”

By Karol Kurnicki On 9 March 2021, Karol Kurnicki organised an online workshop on the theme “Public-Oriented Mobility Through Digital Technology”. The workshop was part of Kurnicki’s PUTSPACE Fellowship at the Leibniz-Institute für Länderkunde (IfL). Participants Kirill Galustov (IfL), Wojciech Kębłowski (PUTSPACE), Meike Levin-Keitel (TU Dortmund), Indra Lukosiene (PUTSPACE), Ibrahim Mubiru (TU Dortmund), Egor Muleev …

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Award Nomination for Elle-Mari Talivee’s Essay “Public Transport in Estonian Literature”

Elle-Mari Talivee’s essay “Public Transport in Estonian Literature” (2020) has been nominated for the Estonian Cultural Endowment’s Article Award. The essay was published in the Estonian journal Keel ja Kirjandus and written while Talivee was a recipient of a PUTSPACE Fellowship based in English Language and Literature, Åbo Akademi University, Finland. The essay can be …

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CfP: Session on “Mobilising, producing and contesting transport and mobility from below” at RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2021

PUTSPACE team members Wojciech Kębłowski and Wladimir Sgibnev organise a session at the Royal Geographical Society RGS-IBG Annual International Conference in 2021. The session theme is “Mobilising, producing and contesting transport and mobility from below: collectors, enthusiasts, activists, revolutionaries”. The conference takes place from Tuesday 31 August to Friday 3 September 2021. The deadline for …

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CfP: Session on “Rethinking Distance” at RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2021

PUTSPACE team members Tauri Tuvikene, Louise Sträuli and Aleksandra Ianchenko organise a session at the Royal Geographical Society RGS-IBG Annual International Conference in 2021. The session theme is “Rethinking Distance” and looks to examine how, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the word ‘distance’ has acquired new connotations and meanings all over the world. The …

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Online Survey: Covid-19 and Public Transport Mobility

With a handful of PUTSPACE researchers and fellows, we have joined forces to investigate the perceptions and uses of public transport during the COVID-19 pandemic. While an initial survey in spring 2020 has already revealed how the pandemic is affecting not only travel patterns but also users’ experiences, we are now trying to capture the …

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Speed and the Back to the Future trilogy: some reflections on recent meetings of the PUTSPACE reading group

By Adam Borch In PUTSPACE, we have a reading group. It’s a biweekly thing where we meet online for an hour or so to discuss 2-4 scholarly publications that all focus on the same topic. This topic is something we agree upon together in a pretty colloquial fashion and although it’s not always directly related …

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PUTSPACE Covid-19 study reported in media

Following yesterday’s publication of PUTSPACE’s study on the effects of Covid-19 on the experience of public transport, the results have been reported in a number of European news outlets. Here’s an overview: Estonia Novaator, “Koroonapandeemia paneb proovile ühistranspordi põhialused” (16.12.2020) Pealinn, “Koroonakriisi mõju: igapäevased kasutajad tunnevad end bussis turvalisemalt kui kaupluses” (16.12.2020) Postimees, “Ühistransporti peetakse …

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Press Release: International study reveals the effects of COVID-19 on the experience of public transport

A team of European researchers working on a project about public transport as public space have recently completed a study on the perception and use of public transport during the first wave of COVID-19. The study employed an extensive questionnaire along with 49 interviews conducted in Tallinn, Stockholm, Brussels, Munich, Berlin and Dresden from April …

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Erick Kästner’s Emil und die detective: Experiencing Public Transport

By Adam Borch In an earlier post, I discussed how public transport (PT) plays a pivotal role in Erich Kästner’s popular children’s novel Emil und die detektive (1929). I argued that PT is used to illustrate the differences between the protagonist Emil Tischbein’s provincial hometown, Neustadt, and Berlin, but that, overall, the novel aims to …

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PUTSPACE in Estonia Media, Novaator

Back in 2019, PUTSPACE project leader, Tauri Tuvikene, was interviewed by the Estonian media Novaator. The article can be read here where it is also possible to see a video segment with Tuvikene travelling on the tram in Tallinn (in Estonian).