CfP: Underground Space

Underground Space: Development, Exploration, Secondary Use

Vasylivka-Zaporizhia, Ukraine, 25-26th September 2015


With the support of European Society for Environmental and History Vasylivskyi

Historical-Architectural Museum-Reserve “Popov’s Country Seat”, Ya.Novytskyi Zaporizhia

Scientific Society and Historical DepNuclear powerartment 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?

The feature of human interaction with the underground space is its secondary use. The

conference organizers draw special attention to it. What were the functions of former mines,

tunnels, trenches, catacombs? Is it reasonably to include the underground to the tourism

industry? What are the ways of the underground space museumification?

Vasylivka of Zaporizhia region where the underground space had been being actively used

by human from the ancient times was chosen as the venue of the conference. The kurgans and

burial grounds on the territory of Lysa Gora, catacombs for the extraction of limestone that has

been being used as touristic object, abundant underground utilities in the Popov’s palace of 19th

century etc are the evidence of intensive use of the underground space in Vasylivka.

There are no chronological and territorial restrictions of the participants’ repots. We

encourage regional and comparative studies with the use of nontraditional methods of


Issues to be discussed during the conference include, but are not limited to:

 The practices of the undergraduate exploration in ancient times

 Burial and cemeteries

 Household use of the underground space

 Underground and extraction of mineral resources

 Nuclear power and the underground

 City and the undergraduate space

 Transport infrastructure under the ground

 Vaults of the estates and their functions

 Military conflicts and safety under the ground

 Religious, cult and clandestine objects under the ground

 Underground architecture

 Underground space, impact on the ecology and protection of the natural


 Medical, touristic and household secondary use of the underground space

 Scientific exploration of the underground space (mapping, technology and

methodology of the underground construction development, the impact of scientific and

technological revolution on the development of the underground).

The participation of historians, archeologists, architects, ecologists and representatives of

other disciplines at all stages of their career are expected to achieve interdisciplinary contacts.

To take part in the conference, send to olenenkoag @ next papers:

1. CV with necessary contact information.

2. Brief abstract of report (no more than 200 words).

The conference consists of plenary session and paper sessions. Papers have to be not more

than 15 minutes each. At the end of each session there will be sufficient time for general

discussion. The working languages are Ukrainian, Russian and English. We are planning to

publish reports of the participants after the conference.

There is no fee. It is intended the intense excursion program. All accepted participants will

receive free room and board during this conference. Participants are responsible for their own

transportation to Zaporizhia, but thanks to the support of European Society for Environmental

History limited travel funds may be available. Travel between Zaporizhia and the conference

venue is covered by the organizers.

Contact person: Anna Olenenko olenenkoag @

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