Emptiness: Living Capitalism and Democracy After (Post)Socialism

Sept 2020 – Aug 2025
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The project studies the emptying cities, towns, and villages in Eastern Europe and Russia through the lens of “emptiness” as a concrete historical formation that has emerged in conditions when socialist modernity is gone, and promises of capitalist modernity have failed. More specifically, it (1) studies the experiences and narratives of emptiness and emptying; (2) examines the politics and governance of emptying and emptiness; and (3) uses post-socialist “emptying” and “emptiness” as lenses for analysing global reconfigurations of relations between capital, the state, people, and place at a time when capital flows and statecraft are increasingly concentrated in “global cities,” with the rest of urban and non-urban spaces becoming radically disconnected.

Visit the website: emptiness.eu

ERC studentship

Applications are invited for a DPhil studentship in anthropology or migration studies; read more here.

Principal Investigator

Dace Dzenovska


Volodymyr Artiukh, Research Associate

Dominic Martin, Postdoctoral Researcher

Friederike Pank, DPhil candidate in Social Anthropology

Maria Gunko, DPhil candidate in Migration Studies

Michelle Chew, Project Manager


European Research Council