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Apply for LCU Visaginas Summer School, August 14-27

Students in Geography, Anthropology, Sociology, Design, Urban Studies, History, European Studies, Cultural Studies, Urban Planning, Architecture from Germany, Lithuania, Belarus and beyond are welcome to apply for the International Summer School on Sources of Urbanity in Former Mono-functional Towns. The school is organised in Visaginas (Lithuania) for third time with support of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Deadline for applications – 31.05.2017.

Further information

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Deutsche Studierende können sich im Rahmen des Go East- Sommerschulprogramms beim Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienst (DAAD) um ein Stipendium bewerben. Das Stipendium setzt sich zusammen aus Pauschale zur Deckung der Aufenthaltskosten, Reisekostenzuschuss und Kursgebühren.

Weitere Informationen dazu finden Sie unter:

https://goeast.daad.de/de/25457/index.html

Das zweigleisige Bewerbungsverfahren sieht vor, dass Interessenten sich parallel bei der Sommerschule um eine Zulassung und beim DAAD um ein Stipendium bewerben.

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Issues of Critical Cartography. Social Participation and Urban Change

Workshop Series Winter 2016/17

Issues of Critical Cartography. Social Participation and Urban Change

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In this workshop series, the EHU Laboratory of Critical Urbanism summarizes and discusses its research on how USSR period infrastructural projects determine forms of collective living in 2010s Lithuania. The nuances of this determination are scrutinized in three locations. These are two districts of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius – a model of socialist modernist planning Lazdynai and a never reached frontier of socialist modernist planning Šnipiškės –, as well as the former nuclear mono-functional town of Visaginas.

The Laboratory dismantles how everyday practice and meaning-making in the three cases are today included or excluded in wider Lithuanian society, shaped by EU embedded statehood and global competition. In performing the research, critical cartography was used both as a methodology to discover, record and represent socio-spatial change, and as a tool to facilitate inhabitants’ participation in shaping the urban environment.

Each workshop starts with a presentation and discussion of two books published in 2016 – Mapping Visaginas. Sources Of Urbanity In Former Mono-functional Towns and Mapping Vilnius. Transitions Of Post-Socialist Urban Spaces. After the book presentations, we invite you and your colleagues to share insights of your work on related issues in different national and urban contexts in the Baltic States, Belarus, Germany, Poland, and Ukraine.

2 December 2016, Minsk

Citizen Participation in Urban Processes in Lithuania

 6 December 2016, Vilnius

Causalities of Urban Processes after the USSR

12 December 2016, Riga

Social Participation and Urban Change in Lithuania

16 December 2016, Berlin

Investigation Participation Visualization

21 December 2016, Kyiv

Europeanisation Of Urban Processes In Lithuania

Project: Participation and Urban Planning in the Baltics,

Organization: EHU Laboratory of Critical Urbanism, Vilnius - Felix Ackermann, Benjamin Cope, Miodrag Kuč, Siarhei Liubimau

Partners: Archfondas, Designteam Jawohl, Deutsch-Baltisches Hochschulkontor, Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee, Laimikis, Lazdynų seniūnija, Minsk Urban Platform, Urban Institute Riga, VDA Publishing House, Visaginas Municipality, Z/KU.

Funding: German Embassy Vilnius, German Federal Foreign Office

Contact: urbanism@ehu.lt

Infrastructure, Sovereignty and Urbanity in the Baltics and Germany

International Workshop: Infrastructure and Urbanity in the Baltics and Germany

Organisation: Laboratory of Critical Urbanism, European Humanities University

Partner: Herder-Institute Marburg, Urban Institute Riga, Tallinn University, EHU Center for German Studies, German Historical Institute Warsaw

Date & Place: 4.5. – 6.5.2016, Vilnius & Visaginas, Lithuania

This project is focused on the shifting meanings of infrastructures of cities currently being radically redefined through modes of technological innovation, geographical rescaling and concomitant mobilities. The workshop brings together scholars from the fields of Anthropology, Sociology, History, Geography and Economics in order to critically discuss what is involved in the transformation from the modernist era organisation of urban space into current conditions of urbanity, and to speculate as to what may be further developments and consequences of this. Within this setting the workshop asks particularly about the changing modes of sovereignty as traced in various dimensions of city dynamics.

Programme

International Summer School 2016

Mapping Visaginas / International Summer School on Sources of Urbanity in Former Mono-functional Towns

Organisation: Laboratory of Critical Urbanism, European  Humanities University

Date&Place: 22.8.–4.9.2016, Vilnius and Visaginas, Lithuania

Support: German Academic Exchange Service DAAD / Program GoEast

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In many respects Visaginas can be taken as a showcase of the risks involved in the transition from a town- reliant on the external top-down allocation of resources and work force, to a town compelled to survive in a competitive environment of a multilateral and multi-scalar determination of resources and workplaces. The urban structure and services of Visaginas were planned and built from scratch in the context of the short-term economic abundance related to the project of the adjacent Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (1975-2009). For this reason, Visaginas was considered to be one of Soviet Lithuania’s best examples of a centrally planned mono-functional urban unit, highly successful in terms of architectural decisions, quality of living and human capital. From the 1990s – due to the gradual shutting down of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant as a consequence of Lithuania’s EU accession, largely determined by the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 –, the town has stopped growing, with concomitant social phenomena of increasing unemployment, dwellers’ anxiety about the future and around 20 percent population decline.

More Info >  CfA Mapping Urban Spaces Visaginas 2016_-2

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Info for German Students >

Deutsche Studierende können sich im Rahmen des Go East- Sommerschulprogramms beim Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienst (DAAD) um ein Stipendium bewerben. Das Stipendium setzt sich zusammen aus Pauschale zur Deckung der Aufenthaltskosten, Reisekostenzuschuss und Kursgebühren.

Weitere Informationen dazu finden Sie unter:

https://goeast.daad.de/de/25457/index.html

Das zweigleisige Bewerbungsverfahren sieht vor, dass Interessenten sich parallel bei der Sommerschule um eine Zulassung und beim DAAD um ein Stipendium bewerben.

 

 

International Summer School 2015

Mapping Visaginas / Sources of Urbanity in Post-industrial Cities

Date & Place: 20.9. – 3.10. 2015, Visaginas, Lithuania
Organization: Laboratory of Critical Urbanism
Partners: Archfondas.lt, Herder Institut & EHU’s Center for German Studies
Support: German Academic Exchange Service DAAD / Program GoEast 

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This Summer School is organized by the European Humanities University’s Laboratory of Critical Urbanism in order to bring together students from Germany, Belarus and Lithuania in a two-week course on mapping social practice in relation to the built environment of the Lithuanian post-industrial town of Visaginas – a former satellite of a nuclear power plant erected in 1975. The school will be composed of a mix of lectures, seminars, excursions and supervised fieldwork, during the course of which the students will be guided in the process of how to research the social and spatial relations of contemporary Central- and Eastern Europe. The product of the students’ work at the school will be to create an exploratory mapping project of a particular dimension of Visaginas and to develop a scenario of its future development.

In many respects Visaginas can be taken as a showcase of the risks involved in the transition from a town reliant on an external top-down allocation of resources and work force, to a town compelled to survive in a competitive environment of a multilateral and multi-scalar determination of resources and workplaces. The urban structure and services of Visaginas were planned and built from scratch in the context of the short-term economic abundance related to the project of the adjacent Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (1975-2009). For this reason, Visaginas was considered to be one of Soviet Lithuania’s best examples of a centrally planned mono-functional urban unit, highly successful in terms of architectural decisions, quality of living and human capital. From the 1990s – due to the gradual shutting down of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant as a consequence of Lithuania’s EU accession, largely determined by the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 – the town has stopped growing, with concomitant social phenomena of growing unemployment, dwellers’ anxiety about the future and around 20 percent population decline.

More info >  CfP Sources of Urbanity – Mapping Visaginas 

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