PUTSPACE conference in Brussels

written by:

Merlin Gillard

Join us at the PUTSPACE conference in Brussels!

Our research team will attend and participate a conference titled “Public transport as public space”, organised by PUTSPACE. At the conference we will hold a panel of a panel discussion on Fare-Free Public Transport, gathering stakeholders and researchers from Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland and the United Kingdom.

The full conference programme can be found here. As explained by the PUTSPACE team:

The conference Public Transport as Public Space is organised as part of PUTSPACE, a research project led by academics at Tallinn University, Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography in Leipzig, Åbo Akademi University in Turku and Université Libre de Bruxelles. Both the conference and the project explore what makes public transport a type of public space, and for whom.

As public transport continues to be explored primarily by engineers and economists, its publicness remains understudied. Yet, public transport embraces intense and intimate sites for encountering cultural diversity, facilitating social integration and negotiating public space. It reflects political ideologies, social relations and conflicts, allowing for the reproduction or resistance to configurations of power. Put simply, public transport is at the frontline of contesting what is, can be, or should be public in the city.

The conference aims to gather diverse contributions that humanise and politicise knowledge about public transport by exploring narratives, experiences and contestations of public transport.

The conference is open and free of charge to all. Join us if you can!