20/04/2022 - 22/04/2022 Halles Saint Géry, Brussels (BE)

PUTSPACE Conference: Public Transport as Public Space


The PUTSPACE project has organised a unique conference focused on public transport as public space. The conference will gather various types of stakeholders (from public officials to activists) to explore the existing knowledge in the field, both humanising and politising it. The event is free of charge and will take place in the very heart of Brussels (Halles Saint Géry).

This conference is organised as part of the PUTSPACE project. The project is financially supported by the HERA Joint Research Programme, co-funded by the Academy of Finland, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany via the DLR-PT, the Estonian Research Council, and the European Commission through Horizon 2020. It is led by academics at Tallinn University, Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Åbo Akademi University, and Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Both the conference and the project examine what makes public transport a type of public space and for whom.

The conference is more than a regular academic event. It brings together a diverse group of stakeholders (policy experts, activists, public officials, and artists) with the goal to both politicise and humanise public transport knowledge by examining narratives, experiences, and contestations in the field. The conference will thus comprehend different types of activities: From roundtables to academic presentations, touching upon workshops, panel discussions, and art interventions.

The conference is organised around seven thematic sessions:

  1. The Bus as Space of Encounters
  2. Gender Issues in Transport
  3. Postcolonial Representations of Public Transport
  4. Public Transport Meets Autonomous, Connected, Cooperative Mobilities
  5. Surveillance, Public Transport, and Public Space
  6. The Chosen Few: Picturing Passengers
  7. Representations of Tram Closures


For more information, check the PUTSPACE page for the event here