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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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International Winter School 2014

Mapping Post-Socialist Urban Spaces in Vilnius

21.2. – 8.3. 2014, Vilnius, Lithuania

“Mapping Post-Socialist Urban Spaces in Vilnius” is a two week winter school exploring dilemmas of contemporary urbanisation in Eastern Europe by performing a deep mapping of two districts of Vilnius: Karoliniškės/Lazdynai and Šnipiškės. 20 years after the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, radical changes have occurred both in the social practices and urban forms of cities of the region, such as Vilnius. At the same time, however, the life of these cities is also shaped by the fact that large sections of their built environments are still composed of infrastructure constructed to form the habitats of urban life under different social paradigms. The aim of the winter school is to perform bottom-up explorations of how social practices are today emerging in relation to the material infrastructures and local historical perceptions of two very different case districts. Through these explorations participants will gather information, which they will use as the basis of the creation of experimental mapping projects to be presented, by the end of the school.

This winter school is organized by the European Humanities University’s Laboratory of Critical Urbanism in collaboration with Lithuanian partners, such as Archfondas and Laimikis.lt, and will bring together German, Belarusian and Lithuanian students in a programme of lectures, seminars, meetings with practitioners, fieldwork, mapping workshops and a cultural programme including a weekend visit to Druskininkai. The school takes a deliberately inter-disciplinary approach to the study of cities and invites applications from students of urban studies, sociology, cultural studies, history, geography, anthropology, architecture and students of film and photography, as well as all students interested in the development of urban forms and the transformations of the societies of Eastern Europe.

International Winter School:  Mapping Post-Socialist Urban Spaces in Vilnius

Organization:  Laboratory of Critical Urbanism

Winter School is supported by LitPro and DAAD program GoEast

Partners:  Archfondas, Laimikis.lt, EHU’s Center for German Studies

Date & Place:    21.2. – 8.3. 2014, Vilnius, Lithuania

More information on the GoEast Program 2014 and scholarship application details : https://goeast.daad.de/de/23918/index.html

Target group: Students in Urban Studies, Cultural Studies, European Studies, History, Architecture, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Film Studies & Photography

Language: English is the common working language. Some knowledge of Lithuanian, Polish or Russian will be helpful.

Certificate: 5 ECTS certificate will be provided after handing in a final paper

Application: CV (1 page), Letter of Intent (1 page), recommendation

Deadline for applications: 10.1.2014

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