Critical Urban Studies at the European Humanities University
Today, the city has become a growing and promising field of study. It is in cities that we witness the potential for emergent modes of democracy, for brand new types and places of work, and for expanding niches for communication, as well as for incipient paradigms of social exclusion and injustice. Being particularly sensitive to the prevalent trends in city life, urban studies is at the center of changing relationships between traditional realms of architecture, politics, technology, spatial planning, cultural industries, historical policy, and consumption habits. Doing urban studies critically means being skilled to analytically connect these outwardly separated realms and being able to envisage the outcomes of intensifying connections between them.
Bilingual (Russian/English) MA track Critical Urban Studies at the EHU provides knowledge of:
- social theories and methodologies of sociological research
- the most pressing issues of urban life, and the theories used to address them
- tools for coding and visualizing key tendencies in urban environments
- methodologies of historical urban anthropology in Central and Eastern Europe
- skills of territorial branding and marketing
- typologies of architectural forms
- guidelines for analyzing and reprogramming the urban environment through ‘soft’ instruments of spatial planning
- media theories and tools of video production
By using cutting edge theory from a variety of disciplines, the MA track promotes an environment where teaching and research are tightly intertwined. The MA thesis is an opportunity for students to realize an innovative research project under the close supervision of faculty members, well established in their field of expertise.
In addition, the Critical Urban Studies MA track was set up in close cooperation with the Visual and Cultural Studies MA track at the EHU Department of Media, thus significantly enriching the pool of knowledge and faculty available to students, as well as the range of academic events and project ventures in which students can engage.
The Laboratory of Critical Urbanism at EHU is a research platform that enables students on the Critical Urban Studies track to participate in a wide variety of international and local extra-curriculum activities, such as summer and winter schools, workshops, conferences, art exhibitions and biennales, collective publication projects, excursions, public lectures and round tables. Vilnius as a city is a comfortable, historically rich and multicultural environment that serves as a great encouragement to live an active intellectual and social life. The Laboratory of Critical Urbanism cooperates with a range of Vilnius based institutions including active architects, urban community animators, academic and applied historians, and social and cultural activists.