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CfP: Mega-events in Eastern Europe
Call for Papers  "Mega-events in Eastern Europe"
Date: 29 - 31 October 2012 
Location: Lviv, Ukraine
Organisers: Center for Governance and Culture in Europe, Universität St. Gallen, Switzerland, www.gce.unisg.ch
Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, Lviv, Ukraine, www.lvivcenter.org

A number of countries in Eastern Europe are currently preparing to  host global mega-events. Among the largest are the 2012 UEFA European  Football Championship in Poland and Ukraine, the 2012 Eurovision Song  Contest in Baku, the 2012 APEC Summit in Vladivostok, the 2013  Universiade in Kazan, the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi and the  2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The requirements for hosting  mega-events such as the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup are  similar all over the world and set through standards and contractual  requirements. Yet, the processes for planning for them as well as the  outcomes differ vastly between countries. The focus of the majority of  research on mega-events in Western countries is increasingly at odds  with the practice of awarding them to emerging economies and has so  far elided a substantial engagement with cross-national variations in  their organisation and impacts.

This workshop seeks to initiate a discussion on the new wave of  mega-events in Eastern Europe. In so doing, it aims to develop an  understanding of the variegated institutional, economic and cultural  constellations and recombinant forms of rule that have emerged in  Eastern European states and cities (Pickles 2010; Sýkora and  Bouzarovski 2011) and shape the trajectories of mega-events (Müller  2011). How, for example, are mega-events an epiphenomenon of 
globalization with at the same time rather specific regional  variations? How do reforms in urban governance and the introduction of  new planning processes relate to the organisation of mega-events  (Gel'man 2003, 2009; Stanilov 2007; Tsenkova and Nedovic'-Budic'  2006)? What is the role of the state in the preparation? How are  mega-events used for branding and place promotion (Young and Kaczmarek  2008)? In examining these processes, we expect to find both  convergence and divergence in the organisation of similar events in  other parts of the world.

While one focus of the workshop will be on the urban and regional  impacts of mega-events, we encourage submissions with a sound  theoretical grounding that might discuss a wide range of themes  related to mega-events in Eastern Europe, such as:

- planning processes
- governance
- urban regeneration
- architecture
- economic impacts
- social impacts
- the role of the state
- public attitudes
- environment and sustainability
- globalization and regionalization
- urban image and place promotion
- atmosphere
- security and surveillance
- national and regional identities
- discourses of modernity
- ...

Format:
The format of the workshop will be a small-group, intense discussion  of a selection of about six to ten papers.

Logistics:
The organizers welcome paper proposals (maximum 500 words) by 30  April 2012. Upon acceptance, the selected participants will be asked 
to provide a full-length working paper as the basis for discussion by  01 October 2012. The workshop will take place in Lviv (Ukraine), host  city of Euro 2012, from 29 to 31 October. Accommodation and board will be provided. Bursaries to defray travel costs will be available. 
Please send your proposals to martin.mueller@unisg.ch.

Publication:
Publication of a special issue in an international peer-reviewed journal will be pursued.
 
Date: 2012-03-26