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Apply for 2019 Summer School

5th Summer School in integrative urbanism, organised by the EHU Laboratory of Critical Urbanism in a formerly “nuclear” town of Visaginas. In 2019 it is done in cooperation with Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture.

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Application deadline – June 21.


Conference Panel — — — The ‘Infrastructural turn’ in urban studies

A joint panel by the EHU Laboratory of Critical Urbanism and Minsk Urban Platform at the 8th International Congress of Belarusian Studies (Vilnius, 27-29 of September 2019)

Co-organisers: Dr Siarhei Liubimau (EHU Laboratory of Critical Urbanism) and Dr Andrey Vozyanov (EHU and Minsk Urban Platform)


Infrastructure can sound like one of the buzzwords that has arisen since the monopoly of structure was contested by urban theoreticians. The ‘Infrastructural Turn’ places the focus on the most mundane everyday performances of mobility, communication and body management, demonstrating their meaningfulness for the social order and its spatial forms (Leigh 1999, Graham and Marvin 2001, Simone 2004, Larkin 2008, Graham 2010, Graham and McFarlane 2014, Gupta 2015). In the post-socialist context, infrastructures seem to be an overlooked part of what is called the “socialist legacy”, since this legacy has more often been sought in cultural forms (both material and immaterial heritage), bureaucratic arrangements and economic processes. However, some have recently argued that Soviet totalitarianism was essentially an infrastructural phenomenon; and furthermore that there are infrastructural features of the USSR that have stalled neoliberal economic and political reforms in Post-Soviet Russia (Collier 2011). How can we identify the isomorphism between infrastructures, institutions, and everyday and political cultures in Belarus, a country which is often depicted as ‘the most Soviet’ ex-USSR state? How has this isomorphism been (and how could it be) unpacked and presented in political expertise on Belarus (from technological determinism to social constructivism)? What do we learn if we compare the isomorphism in the Belarusian case with other cases in the region? How does digitalization re-define this isomorphism?

Ethnographic approaches to the use of housing, public transport, the Internet and governance can be productive in understanding contingencies and disruptions in post-socialist transition, evolving inequalities, and emerging challenges and opportunities, as well as the individual lifeworlds of diverse users and non-users. For the entire post-Soviet region, the ‘infrastructural turn’ proposes re-thinking familiar questions of path dependence, nostalgia and nationalism with the help of new lenses: how are old, ageing, outdated, functional and dysfunctional artifacts present in urban spaces involved in new post-Soviet institutions, practices, narratives and representations? How are the meanings of material artifacts and assemblages redefined in new political/social conditions? Which temporal conditions do material remainders create for cities in transition? What is the role (or challenge) of infrastructural remains, “ghosts”, and echoes in societies where a longing for the past persists? What are noteworthy artistic depictions (film, literature, theatre, contemporary art, etc.) of the infrastructural factor in social processes?


  • Notions for City/Industry Relations
  • Infrastructures and Identities
  • Post-Soviet Infrastructures and Nostalgia
  • Digitalisation as an Urban Infrastructural Phenomenon
  • Artistic Depictions (film, literature, theatre, contemporary art, etc.) of the Infrastructural Factor in Post-Soviet Social Processes

Participation fee – 10 euros for speakers from the ex-USSR states (in terms of institutional affiliation); 60 euros for all other speakers.

Organisers will be able to cover travel and accommodation for a limited number of speakers.

Abstracts to be submitted by May 25, 2019 via the Congress webpage

Disciplinary Area – “Society and social institutions” (12.3.b “The ‘Infrastructural Turn’ In Urban Studies”)

SUMMER SCHOOL “Re-tooling Knowledge Infrastructures in a ‘Post-Nuclear’ Town” (August 18-31)

LCU DAAD Summer School 2018 is open to students of urban studies, sociology, geography, political science, architecture, design, urban planning, history, cultural studies, anthropology, and heritage studies with a strong interest in problem-based interdisciplinary research work. The school is organised in Visaginas (Lithuania) for fourth time with support of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Deadline for applications – 31.05.2018.



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.

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