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Interdisciplinary International Conference in Zagreb, Croatia: Phenomenology of Open Space:



The open space (square, garden, shore, Internet) has functioned throughout history as primary position for the core changes or continuity in a society. The urban open spaces, like parks, green spaces, streets, urban squares, are by the definition places that exist outside the home and workplace and are generally accessible by members of the public. It fosters resident interaction and opportunities for contact and proximity. Also, by its definition, it is public, a touchstone for critical theory in relation to philosophy, urban geography, visual art, cultural studies, social studies and urban design.

Throughout the history, open public space has been used for mass protests, revolutions, celebrations, place to experience victories and defeats. It is here where anonymous privacy gets in touch with the common openness. Lately, not only physical space, but also cyber space has developed this notion further.

We would welcome the topics focusing on questions like:

  1. How do the modern uprisings and revolutionary movements use the open space?
  2. What is the real and symbolic connection between public and private space?
  3. How people use the social online networks to form new open space?
  4. How urban designers form open space in terms of institutions, squares etc. (building structures of London, Paris and Washington, for instance, which give visual, aesthetic and political message)?

Other topics on the subject are also welcomed.


Keynote speakers


Hirbod Norouzianpour, MSc: Persian garden: the multidisciplinary and symbolic importance of the Persian open space


Petar Popović, PhD: Squaring the Circle: City-State-Empire




We invite graduate and postgraduate students, as well as young researchers from the fields of philosophy, political science, sociology, urban geography, urban design, architecture and other related disciplines to send an abstract of no more than 250 words to with email subject line „Abstract for the conference“. Please, add short CV, of no more than 150 words. You should send your abstract and short CV until May 25. Working languages are English and Croatian.


Venue: The conference will be held in the Matrix Croatiae (Matica hrvatska) institute, Trg Josipa Jurja Strossmayera 4, Zagreb.


Organizing committee: Politea – Association for Promotion of Social Sciences and New Media.



Registration fee is 25 EUR, which should be paid on the Politea account upon approval of your abstract. The fee covers the materials and coffee breaks. Participants should pay their own arrival and accommodation, but we can assist you in both.


Important dates:

Abstract deadline – May 25

Conference fee deadline – June 15

Conference – June 23

Full Paper deadline – September 1