Accommodations: Positive strategies for documenting, conserving and re-inhabiting ‘outmoded’ spaces (Poland and East Central Europe)

Friday, October 23, 2015 to Saturday, October 24, 2015

This workshop will contribute to a growing counter-commentary that reckons with ‘outmoded’ motifs in the built landscapes of East and Central Europe. Socialist building projects are too often savored as ruins and filed away as elegies to utopian chimeras. Signatures of moved and dispersed populations in the topography of these regions are often memorialized in a discourse of nostalgia forecloses on the future. Are there other stories to tell about buildings and spaces that have outlived their original ideological assignments? Can we swap out a forensic account of obsolescence for a discussion of how these environments were lived in and made use of? What options exist today for repurposing, preserving and re-inhabiting these time-stamped sites: how can we accommodate their particularities, and how can they once again accommodate us?

Throughout two days of conversations, we will reflect on these questions and voice some strategies for enlivening and caring for the heterogeneous landscapes of today’s East and Central Europe.

Friday, Oct. 23: International Affairs Building 1512 (5:30 – 8:00 pm)

Saturday, Oct. 24: Heyman Center for the Humanities Common Room (9:30am – 6:30 pm) – ID required for entry.

Participants: Tarik AmarColumbia University; Jana BerankovaColumbia University; David CrowleyRoyal College of Art; Sofia DyakLviv Center for Urban History; Eagle GlassheimUniversity of British Columbia; Juliet KossScripps College; Vladimir KulicFlorida Atlantic University; Erica LehrerConcordia University; Adam MazurUniversity of the Arts in Poznan; Malgorzata MazurekColumbia University; Michael MengClemson University; Markian ProkopovychInstitute for East European History, University of Vienna; Eliza RoseColumbia University; Lukasz StanekUniversity of Manchester; Andrzej SzczerskiJagiellonian University; Alan TimberlakeColumbia University; Srdjan Jovanovic WeissColumbia University.

Organizers: Malgorzata Mazurek (Professor of Polish Studies); Alan Timberlake (Director of East Central European Center); Eliza Rose (PhD Student in Slavic Languages).

This event is sponsored by the East Central European Center at Columbia University. It is part of the Campus Project organized by

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