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Sketching Atmospheres at Public Transport Stops in Tallinn

By Aleksandra Ianchenko In this post, artist and PhD student Aleksandra Ianchenko reflects on the use of sketching as a research method for understanding and describing atmosphere in public transport spaces. In the first part, she discusses sketching from a methodological perspective, considering some of its advantages as a way of approaching atmosphere as a …

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Publication: Public Transport as Public Space in European Cities

PUTSPACE has published a working paper entitled Public Transport as Public Space in European Cities. (Authors: Tauri Tuvikene, Wojciech Kębłowski, Tonio Weicker, Jason Finch, Wladimir Sgibnev, Louise Sträuli, Silja Laine, Frédéric Dobruszkes, Aleksandra Ianchenko). The working paper which lays out the rationale and conceptual background of thinking of public transport as public space is now …

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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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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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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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Aboagora 2020

From 19-21 August 2020, the annual Aboagora symposium took place in Turku, Finland. Apart from the main event, it also included a two-day pre-symposium for doctoral candidates and art students (17-18 August). PUTSPACE members Silja Laine and Aleksandra Ianchenko took part and here they reflect on what was in many ways an interesting and memorable …

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Commemorating Chile’s Social Explosion and Its Origins in Public Transport

By Maxwell Woods Today, 18 October 2020, Chile celebrates the one-year anniversary of what has come to be known as the Chilean social explosion [estallido social]. A bottom-up challenge to the foundations of the Chilean political, social, and economic landscape, the ‘social explosion’ is the name given to the five months of political mobilizations by …

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Public Transport in Erick Kästner’s Emil und die detektive: Reconciling Differences

By Adam Borch Erich Kästner’s popular children’s novel Emil und die detektive (1929) begins with an introduction to some of the story’s most important characters and places, accompanied by Walter Trier’s original illustrations. One of these is “[a] rather important train compartment” (p.13) about which we’re told: The train this coach belongs to travels to …

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Public transport in times of Covid-19: disruption and continuity in urban mobility

Written by Tonio Weicker and Wladimir Sgibnev This blog post was written for Geography Directions. To read the full post, please follow the link below. Over the last couple of months, it is clear that the Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically shifted the way people perceive and use public transport. Restrictions have been enforced across the …

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Decolonial transport geographies

By Tauri Tuvikene and Wojciech Kębłowski PUTSPACE team members Tauri Tuvikene and Wojciech Kębłowski co-edited a special issue in the Journal of Transport Geography. The special issue on decolonial approaches to urban transport geographies published in a leading academic journal for transport scholars Journal of Transport Geography was driven by the desire to socialise transport …

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