24.08. until 28.08.2020 in online, Poland

Summer school: a city in the center of Europe

  • 24.08. until 28.08.2020
  • Event language: English
  • Deadline for submissions: 15.07.2020
  • Doctoral School of Social Science, Faculty of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management, as well as Sociology Faculty at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
  • Type of Event: Summer school

Link to this post: https://www.pol-int.org/en/node/8617

The summer school is addressed to young researchers working on doctoral dissertations in the field of city sociology, economics, law, and urban studies analyzing issues related to the city. The subject of the summer school's work will be issues of the Central European city, having a clear regional specificity. Elements of this specificity are, on the one hand, urban artifacts of socialist realism that mark the central areas of cities, a significant share of residential infrastructure, has left soc-modernism in the form of large blocks of flats. Therefore, the main context of the analysis of the title problems is the processes of revolutionary social, economic, and political changes that plowed the region over the last 100 years.

areas of interest

1) Post-socialist city at the background of social and economic changes in Central Europe in the 21st century.

2) Socialist modernism in the evolution of Central European cities (the new millennium perspective).

3) Communities/neighborhood of enormous housing complexes in the context of different phenomena and processes: suburbanization, migration, population aging, pandemic phenomenon.

4) Prognosis of the condition of social-modern forms of housing: economic, spatial, and social context.

5) Public policies in the context of soc-modernist types of development (ghettoization, filtration, gentrification, revitalization, thermo-modernization, presumption).

6) Public space in the post-socialist city: between competition and cooperation.

keynote speakers:

prof. Annegret Haase, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig: Housing and the housing market in Leipzig between shrinkage and regrowth: the city of extremes?

prof. John Holmwood, Univ. of Nottingham: Universities after the Pandemic

prof. Jakub Isański, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań: The great shift, out and in-migration in Central Europe

prof. Marek Nowak, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań: Post-socialist neighborhood community. An investigation from Poznań

prof. Adam Radzimski, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań: Dealing with the legacy of modernist planning in Eastern Germany and Poland

MA Krzysztof Rosenkiewicz: Post-communist housing estates – potential or ballast in contemporary cities? The case of Kopernika Estate in Poznan, Poland

prof. Ludek Sykora, Charles Univ., Prague: Half-Life Cities: Capitalist Pasts and Socialist Futures

prof. Suava Zbierski-Salameh: Transformation in Poland from the outsider perspective

who can apply

MA and Ph.D. students, who would like to improve their dissertations and works in social sciences, urban studies, or sociology. All the application documents, as well as lectures and activities, will be available in English only;

key concepts in the summer school course are: to provide information, training and opportunity to meet experts and present students' work to get comments and professional feedback

how to apply

on-line application form [LINK]
+ CV and motivation letter on one of the above 1-6 areas of interest, sent to [sdns@amu.edu.pl], deadline: 15/07/2020;

notification of acceptance: 20/07/2020

Students will be selected on the basis of their motivation letters. Organizers have the right to conduct Skype interviews with the chosen candidates

other useful information

tuition hours: 20 hours on-line lectures and workshops (10h on-line meetings with experts, 10h hours on-line chats); on-line meetings with academic excursion and social meetings, and cultural program in Poznań. The full detailed program will become available soon

tuition fee: 50 EUR (a limited number of reduced fees is available, please contact the organizers)

what's included in the course fee: participation in all the courses and workshops, the cultural and social program, the certificate and summer school materials