Summer school “Sykhiv: Spaces, Memories, Practices”.

Center for Urban History invites applications for the summer school “Sykhiv: Spaces, Memories, Practices”.

Dates: August 13-27, 2017
Venue: Center for Urban History. Lviv, Ukraine
Deadline for applications: May 1, 2017

[Сall for Applications]

Sykhiv is the biggest housing estate of Lviv, initially planned and built through the 1970s and 1980s. Composed of 12 microrayons, it was intended to become a home for 120 thousand workers of the south-eastern industrial hub of the city. The construction of residential buildings, most of which were of the same series, was completed according to original plans, but many public facility and infrastructural projects remained unfinished or unimplemented because of the economic crisis that began in late 1980’s. The systemic changes that came with the breakdown of the Soviet Union and the independence of Ukraine, resulted in multiple urban transformations on the different levels including that of the district. Not only Sykhiv was facing many challenges, but experiences new developments, adding new structures, functions, and meanings, and by now is considered as one of the most active districts of Lviv.

The school will explore the situations, changes, and challenges of mass housing districts through a combination of architectural, anthropological, sociological and historical research tools that will allow for more comprehensive and multifaceted understandings of mass housing urbanity. Highlighting different types of links between symbolic, material and human levels of once planned spaces is important for development of vectors of transformation and visions of future of such urban areas.

Structure of the School:

The school program is designed as a set of two short courses, workshops and field-work in three theme-based studios. Participants of the school will be offered courses by:

Prof. Florian Urban (Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art): “The Functionalist Сity and Its Critics”

The seminar will on the one hand focus on the theoretical background of functionalist mass housing estates, which can be found in early-twentieth-century urban theory (Ebenezer Howard, Le Corbusier, Clarence Perry). It will then look at the most influential criticism of this urban form, which has been formulated from the 1960s onwards (Jane Jacobs, Colin Rowe, Rob Krier, Jan Gehl) and eventually analyse recent examples of modification, renovation, and retrofitting of functionalist mass housing estates in different European countries.

Dr. Daria Bocharnikova (KU Leuven / Center for Fine Arts BOZAR): “A History of the Socialist City: 5 Blueprints for Modernity from the Second World”

This course is a brief introduction into the history of envisioning and building socialist city across the Second World, from early Soviet experiments and mass construction campaigns in post-war Eastern Europe to the afterlives of socialist infrastructures after 1989/1991. In particular, students will investigate how the task of building a modern socialist city was interpreted differently in various national and regional contexts across the Second World and how it changed over time.

Workshops will focus on methods of urban research and revitalization of the planned areas.

Participants will be asked to work on their projects within the three theme-based studios under the tutorial of architect Nataliya Mysak (“Spaces” studio), historian Dr. Iryna Sklokina (“Memories” studio) and anthropologist Dr. Svitlana Odynets (“Practices” studio).

The “Spaces” studio aims at the reinterpretation of the Sykhiv district morphology and its structure through spatial analysis as well as analysis of experiences and ideas of users. While part of the functional links, which were set as principles for districts design, were not effective in the changing contexts, alternative links and spaces have been emerging in the district along with construction of new architectural and infrastructural objects. During the studio, students will focus on the ways how space is produced in the district (considering its both spatial and symbolic layers) and develop a narrative on it.

The “Memories” studio is going to deal with the imaginations and expectations of the dwellers before moving to Sykhiv and after it. The main question is how the previous experiences of inhabitants were used and rethought in order to adapt to Sykhiv, to appropriate it, and to make it socially meaningful place. Students will also pay attention to broader issue of what are the symbolic resources (related to “history” or not) that are used by dwellers from different groups for their empowerment, struggling for change, and imagining the future of the district.

The “Practices” studio will analyze the experiences of inhabitants related to the place and functions of the Sykhiv area on the symbolic map of Lviv. The migration of people in Sykhiv will also be an important focus for the studio, including “old” migrations from nearby villages to Sykhiv in 1980s, the “new” internal migrations from Sykhiv to other city districts after partial deindustrialization as well as current transnational migrations to EU countries after the 1990s. Students will also look into the different types of social and material capitals that are circulating in these migrations, and the new practices in everyday life.

Final presentation of the results of the school will be a part of the conference “The Ins and Outs of Socialism: Visions and Experiences of Urban Change in the Second World” (Lviv, August 25-27, 2017). The school participants will also have to prepare the final essays to be published in the aftermath of the school.

Working language is English.

Eligibility criteria:

The summer school is open for MA students, postgraduates and junior researchers in the fields of anthropology, architecture, geography, history, urban planning, sociology, and other disciplines in social sciences and humanities. The application should include:

  • Brief CV (up to two pages)
  • Motivation letter (up to 500 words, describing your decision to apply)
  • Essay to the topic “Into the Future of Mass Housing Estates” (up to 500 words)

All documents should be submitted in English.

Send your applications to: before May 1, 2017. Write the “Sykhiv Summer School” in the subject of the letter. Applicants have to indicate the name of the studio they wish to work with. The jury will be considering the applications and select the participants after May 15, 2017.

Participation in the school is free of charge. Organizers will partially cover travel expenses (for participants from beyond Ukraine, those shall not exceed EUR 200), accommodation and catering for the participants.

For more details feel free to contact the program coordinator Dr. Natalia Otrishchenko at

The school is organized by the Center for Urban History with the support of the Heinrich Böll Foundation (Office in Ukraine).

Information about previous schools: Novy Lviv (2015), Slavutych (2016).

EAUH_Rome2018_call for panels

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

You are warmly invited to take part in the 14th International Conference on Urban History “Urban Renewal and Resilience. Cities in comparative perspective” which will take place in Rome from August 29 to September 1, 2018.

The call for session proposals is now open until February 20, 2017. Proposals can be submitted on the website and session organisers will be notified of decisions regarding acceptance in May 2017.

The European Association for Urban History encourages cross-disciplinary and international research on urban history. Therefore the Association invites you to submit sessions that are as comparative and interdisciplinary as possible. Furthermore, we give priority to sessions, which are co-organised by scholars from different countries.

We look forward to welcoming you in Rome on August 29, 2018.

Best regards,

Carlo M. Travaglini, President of EAUH

and the Organising committee of the 2018 EAUH conference in Rome


Chers collègues et amis,

Nous vous invitons chaleureusement à participer à la XIVe Conférence internationale d’histoire urbaine « Rénovation urbaine et résilience. Regards croisées sur les villes» qui se tiendra à Rome, du 29 août au 1 septembre 2018.

Nous vous prions de nous faire parvenir vos propositions de sessions jusqu’au 20 février 2017 au plus tard et nous vous demandons de soumettre vos propositions de sessions sur le site Les organisateurs des sessions sauront si leurs sessions sont ou non acceptées en mai 2017.

L’Association européenne d’histoire urbaine, qui souhaite encourager les recherches internationales et interdisciplinaires en matière d’histoire urbaine, donnera la priorité aux sessions qui seront co-organisées par des chercheurs de différents pays. L’Association vous invite également à proposer des sessions sur des recherches comparatives.

En vous remerciant d’avance pour l’attention que vous accorderez au présent appel et en espérant vous accueillir à Rome en fin août 2018, nous vous prions d’agréer nos meilleures salutations,

Carlo M. Travaglini, Présidente de l´AEHU

et le comité organisateur de la conférence de l’AEHU à Rome en 2018

EAUH Rome 2018 Organising committee

Roma Tre University
Centre for the study of Rome – CROMA
Via Ostiense, 139 | 00154 Rome – Italy
Ph. +39.06.5733.4016

CfP: ‘Comparative Approaches to Illegal Housing across the Globe’

Call for Papers

Conference ‘Comparative Approaches to Illegal Housing across the Globe’

University College London, 22/23 June 2017

Deadline for submission: 6 January 2017

Research on illegal housing is still fragmented. Several factors impede a more systematic approach to the topic. Different dimensions, actors, motivations, different social and political contexts, even a somewhat differing terminology make it a challenge to study illegal housing as a global phenomenon.

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CfP: The Ins and Outs of Socialism, Lviv, August 25-27, 2017

The Ins and Outs of Socialism: Visions and Experiences of Urban Change in the Second World

August 25-27, 2017

Center for Urban History / Lviv / Ukraine


This conference aims at bringing together scholars who study different time periods and cities where socialist projects were either launched or collapsed in the 20th century, as well as those that are still in place. The theme of transition into and out of socialism and the (un-)making of socialist cities serves as entry points into broader discussions about the specificity of urban change in the Second World and its relationship to similar currents in the global North and South. The conference examines the content of the socialist city — its “ins and outs”– from power grids and housing stocks to museums and places of worship at these points of transition. Continue reading

Second World Urbanity Primary Source Reader

Dear Second World Urbanity Network,
We will hold a planning meeting at the upcoming ASEEES conference in Washington, DC, for the Second World Urbanity Primary Source Reader. This project is in its early stages and I solicit your ideas for a reader that could be used in our classrooms, for teaching about socialist urbanism at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The meeting will be held:
Friday, November 18, at 3:45pm
In the Cleveland 2 Room at the Conference Hotel (Washington Marriott Wardman Park)

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CFA: Summer School “Digital Traces I: Meta-Morphologies of St. Petersburg”

Call for applications

The Science and Technology Studies (STS) Center at European University at St. Petersburg, Russia is announcing a call for participation in Digital Traces I: Meta-Morphologies of St. Petersburg summer school that will combine lectures by participating faculty and a practical hands-on lab directed by Lev Manovich and Damiano Cerrone. Participants will learn the basics of digital mapping and analysis using open source and social media data.

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Airport Culture(s): Interdisciplinary Conference, London, April 28-29, 2016

See the program for this upcoming conference to be held at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London, here and follow the twitter feeds @airportculture and @citiesatSAS. See also the Cities project at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

In the spirit of this conference, here is a scene from an airport of the Second World:


Tolmachevo airport in Novosibirsk. Source: Institute of Modernism, Moscow.

Eastern Europe without Borders–November 10, 2015

School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, University College London

10 November 2015

9.15am-6pm. Followed by prosecco and canapés.

How can scholars working in the framework of East European studies engage with a world of people, objects, ideas and practices in motion?  How does looking beyond geographically bounded nation-states and regions enrich the possibilities of East European area studies? What are the practical implications for research, teaching and training? And how does such work in East European studies speak to scholars in other fields?  A workshop will be held in London on 10 November 2015 to consider these issues through the lens of recent research on three topics: cities, travellers, and networks/linkages.

This workshop will be preceded on 9th November by the linked conference “Area Studies in the 21st century”.

Speakers at “Eastern Europe without Borders” include:

  • Dr Michał Murawski  (SSEES, UCL)
  • Dr Carmen Popescu (Sorbonne)
  • Dr Vladimir Kulić (FAU Miami)
  • Dr Bernard Struck (St Andrews)
  • Dr Jan Grill (Manchester)
  • Dr Anca Parvulescu (Washington University St Louis)
  • Prof  Martin Schulze Wessel (Munich)
  • Dr Łukasz Stanek (Manchester)
  • Prof James Mark (Exeter)
  • Prof David Crowley (RCA London)
  • Prof Diana Mishkova (Sofia)
  • Dr Maciej Maryl (Warsaw)
  • Dr Klara Kemp-Welch (Courtauld London)

The full programme is available for download:

Further information and registration is available below:

Workshop organizers:

Centre for East European Language Based Area Studies (CEELBAS): UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES):

Academic contacts: 

Wendy Bracewell, Michał Murawski

Administrative contact: 

Anna Tremain

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Garage–4th International Conference, October 30-31, 2015


October 30–31, 2015

West Gallery
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
Admission free
Prior registration required

Сonference is focusing on Soviet Modernist architecture and urban planning. Participants include historians of art and architecture, cultural theorists, sociologists, media-studies experts, and practicing architects, who will attempt to overcome the traumatic rupture with the Soviet past and reconnect it to our present culture.  Continue reading