Call for Participation in Workshop: Narrating Hiedanranta

Narrating Hiedanranta: Stories of Objects and Subjects of Urban Places. Image by Henna Matanuska

Call for participation in workshop

Narrating Hiedanranta: Stories of Objects and Subjects of Urban Places builds on a course on Urban Activism that studied five cases in the city of Tampere, Finland, by following the stories of one activist (subject) per case and their relationship to their particular site (object) of action. In the forthcoming workshop, we will deepen the study in one of the cases, a former industrial area Hiedanranta at the shores of the lake Näsijärvi in the city of Tampere. The area is occupied by different actors that have appropriated the empty factories, owners’ villas as well as surrounding wastelands and parks, transforming them and providing them with novel uses. The aim of this workshop is to explore exciting participatory visual and narrative methods to gather, understand, and retell the actors’ stories and their relationship to their sites of action.  

The workshop will be held 8 – 10 June 2022 in the city of Tampere in Finland. During this time, we will be situated in Hiedanranta, where we will be able to walk through the area, meet and interact with the local actors (subjects), and see and examine the sites (objects) they have appropriated. In addition, we will have a social gathering in the city to continue discussing the interesting subject/object relationship that occurs through the appropriation of urban space and the unexpected processes it unleashes. 

The call is open to all members of the COST Action – Writing Urban Places. We welcome altogether 20 people to take part in the workshop. If you are interested in participating, please fill in this application form by 31 March 2022. All applicants will be contacted by 15 April with information regarding their participation. Should you have any questions, get in touch with us by sending your questions and comments to: 

Image by Aleksi Martikainen

Local organising team: 

Department of Environmental Policy, School of Architecture, and the Insurgent Spatial Practices research group at Tampere University as part of Sustainable Transformation of Urban Environments (STUE) profiling area. 

Elina Alatalo, PhD Candidate 

Dalia Milían Bernal, PhD candidate

Panu Lehtovuori, Professor

Host City: Tampere (Finland)  

Title: Narrating Hiedanranta: Stories of Objects and Subjects of Urban Places

Type of event: Workshop for members within the framework of the COST Action CA18126 Writing Urban Places. New Narratives of the European City.

Dates: 8 – 10 June 2022. The workshop coincides with WG3 meeting

Contact person: Elina Alatalo,


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