Summer School 2012: “City, Language, Identity”
In collaboration with LitPro, members of the Laboratory of Critical Urbanism were involved in a weeklong experimental summer school exploring Vilnius through the optic of “City, Language, Identity”. While it is common knowledge that issues of language and identity are important and problematic in Lithuania, these are most often investigated at the level of national politics and not as they emerge in everyday city life. Thus, under this heading, participants from a range of countries and backgrounds developed experimental approaches to investigating how issues of language and identity play themselves out within the fabric of the city of Vilnius in such areas as: tourism, Russian pop, graffiti, street communication and audio-visual narratives. At the end of this school, participants’ fieldwork was presented in the form of creative projects.
TOPOS – The ‘Spatial Turn’ in the Social Sciences and Humanities
The 1st 2011 edition of the EHU journal for philosophy and cultural studies Topos published in Russian and edited by Siarhei Liubimau and Julia Bedash was dedicated to the theme of the ‘spatial turn’ in the social sciences and humanities. The journal provided an overview of how the spatial turn is being used and understood in a range of academic disciplines in the former Soviet Union, with a special emphasis on philosophy and the humanities. It also included a translation of a key text by David Harvey and reviews of a number of important books on contemporary spatial issues.
Architectural competition Europan 10 / Polish Edition
Participation with the project Glutathione. Honourable Mention and Recommendation from the Mayor of Warsaw (2009/10)
P.S. Landscapes: Optics of Urban Studies (ed. Benjamin Cope, Nerijus Milerius)
This was a collective book project published in Russian in 2008 exploring a variety of approaches to look at what we called P.S. urban forms. The focus of our interest was the urban and rural forms of today’s central and eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union, but we were reluctant to designate these as simply post-socialist, wondering if other forces, such as the position in the new capitalist landscape or as yet unmapped social forms, might not be more significant in understanding the urbanism of this region. The result was a book with a great diversity of approaches to spaces ranging from Warsaw to Astana, from Tashkent to Brno to the rural Białowieża forest area of Poland. Issues dealt with included urban memory, gentrification, suburbanisation and changes to the built environment and conflicts over the meaning of ecology.