Heyman Center Workshops

Friday, October 23, 2015 - Saturday, October 24, 2015


Malgorzata Mazurek, Professor of Polish Studies, Columbia University

Alan H. Timberlake, Director of East Central European Center, Columbia University

Eliza Rose, PhD Student in Slavic Languages, Columbia University

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.

Please note this conference will take place at the following locations and times:

- Friday, Oct. 23: International Affairs Building, Room 1512, Columbia University. No ID required.
- Saturday, Oct. 24: Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room. ID required for entry.

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


  • Małgorzata Mazurek

    Associate Professor of Polish Studies

    Columbia University

  • Alan Timberlake

    Professor of Slavic Languages; Director of East Central European Center

  • Eliza Rose

    PhD Student, Slavic Languages and Literatures Program, Columbia University

  • Tarik Amar

    Assistant Professor of History

    Columbia University

  • Jana Berankova

    PhD Student

    Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

  • Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss

    Adjunct Assistant Professor

    Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University

  • Andrzej Szczerski


    Institute of Art History, Jagiellonian University

  • Lukasz Stanek


    School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester

  • Markian Prokopovych


    Institute for East European History, University of Vienna

  • Michael Meng

    Assistant Professor of History

    Clemson University

  • Adam Mazur


    University of Arts in Poznań

  • Erica Lehrer

    Canada Research Chair in Post-Conflict Memory, Ethnography, and Museology

    Concordia University

  • Vladimir Kulić

    Associate Professor of Architectural History and Theory

    School of Architecture, Florida Atlantic University

  • Juliet Koss

    Associate Professor of Art History, Director of the Humanities Institute

    Scripps College

  • Eagle Glassheim

    Associate Professor of History

    Department of History, University of British Columbia

  • Sofia Dyak


    The Center for Urban History of East Central Europe

  • David Crowley

    Professor and Head of Critical Writing in Art & Design

    School of Humanities, Royal College of Art

  • Jana Berankova

    PhD Student

    Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

  • Tarik Amar

    Assistant Professor of History

    Columbia University

  • Anna Kats

    Architecture and Design Editor

    Blouin Artinfo


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