Call for papers: «Underground Space: Development, Exploration, Secondary Use»

Historical-Architectural Museum-Reserve “Popov’s Country Seat”, Ya.Novytskyi Zaporizhia Scientific Society and Historical Department of Zaporizhia National University are pleased to announce a two-day conference in environmental history of underground space.

Today the question of the underground space development is quite relevant, but for the most part it is the focus of urban planners and architects who are involved in the elaboration of the projects and recommendations for the growth of cities deep down. The reasons for inventing more and more new technologies are increasing of number and density of population, acceleration of the urbanization processes, forming of megalopolicies etc. In the majority of developed countries research centers are being established, scientific conferences are being hold, which allow to invent new approaches to the space usage. However, the development of the underground space is not necessarily related to the cities. Taking everything into account, the organizers offer to pay attention to the various approaches to the development and exploration of the underground space in the country and city, mountains and steppes, Ukraine and the whole world in different epochs.

The interaction of human and the underground was arisen in the ancient times when mainly the question of domestic use of the underground space was considering. The main attention will be focus on the historical retrospective of the development and exploration of the underground space at the conference. Why did people pay attention to the underground? What were the reasons for the usage of the underground space? Did people use natural hollows or create it themselves? Whether were the functions of the underground changed? How did people influence on the underground space? Did they damage the natural environment or find the compromise with it? In what way the knowledge of the underground was developing?

Further details are available in the full call for papers below.

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Кандидат исторических наук, старший преподаватель кафедры всеобщей и отечественной истории Елабужского института Казанского федерального университета.