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Exercising Modernity Academy: a project for intellectual and artistic exchange | Call for Applications




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Exercising Modernity Academy is a project for intellectual and artistic exchange, focused on describing the Polish share in modern heritage in a new, interdisciplinary way as well as in an international context. The project aims to highlight modern ideas in a broader sense by tracing modernization practices in Europe and beyond, as well as by following the establishment of modern societies and modern states. Nevertheless, we pay special attention to culture, and more specifically to architecture, which we consider a unique field of various intersecting perspectives, ambitions, concerns and hopes relevant in the formation of the 20th century world.

The fourth edition of the Exercising Modernity Academy will be devoted to Eastern Europe and its historical and contemporary methods of understanding. We want to reflect on the concepts of East and West, have a closer look at the incoherencies between political, geographical, and cultural borders of Europe in the 20th and 21st centuries. We will examine the issue of the role of culture and architecture in shaping the societies, cities and states in this region of the world.

Our ambition is to create a field for reflection on the common experience of the 20th century’s modernization movements of the states and peoples of Eastern Europe from the ideological foundations of modernity and its successful representations in art and architecture, through the difficult experience of totalitarianism and its legacy, to contemporary narratives and self-reflections.

Finally, our goal is to sketch a broader and comprehensive perspective on what Eastern Europe is and how we can better understand the events, changes and processes that have shaped the world in recent times.

The Academy will take place in Berlin in October 2022, during which we will encourage a broader reflection on these issues through lectures, seminars and workshops.

The program of the Exercising Modernity Academy 2022 will be focused on four thematic sections:

Section I: Modernity(-ies) / Modernism(-s)

Section II: Between totalitarianisms

Section III: World in motion – defining East and West

Section IV: Deconstruction / Reconstruction


The Exercising Modernity Academy 2022 will take place on 17.10–23.10.2022 in Berlin.


Participants will be selected in an open call procedure, with a maximum of 18 people from Germany, Israel, and Poland (selected candidates should be a permanent resident of one of the aforementioned countries – citizenship is not required. Refugees from Belarus or Ukraine are most welcome).


Participation in the lectures and seminars of the Exercising Academy 2022partial reimbursement of travel costs:– for participants coming from Germany: up to 90.00 EUR gross;– for participants coming from Israel: up to 180.00 EUR gross;– for participants coming from Poland: up to 90.00 EUR gross.expenses for accommodation in Berlin covered in full;free participation in lectures, seminars and workshops held by experienced and acclaimed scholars and artists;for those who complete the course – the possibility of submitting their own research or artistic project, elaborated or expanded on during classes, for a special scholarship program organized by the Pilecki Institute Berlin and devoted to the issue of modernity in the 20th century (details will be announced during the Academy). About the previous scholarship edition please visit the scholarchip section: 


This call for proposals is directed at individuals.The Exercising Modernity Academy 2022 is open to researchers specializing in the humanities or cultural heritage, curators, architects, and artists who shall come from or reside in Israel, Germany or Poland.Admission to the Academy requires good working knowledge of the English language.Candidates shall be aged 18 or above. 


Candidates are invited to submit their applications by e-mail to the address: by 01.08.2022 (11:00 p.m. CET). Please write “Academy 2022” as the subject of the e-mail.


Scans of signed forms:

  • declaration concerning the controller of personal data
  • attachment 1 declaration concerning the provision of consent to the processing of personal data and personal image data
  • attachment 2 CV in PDF format (two pages maximum) and/or portfolio (max 50 MB);

Description of your artistic/academic/professional interest related to the main theme of the Exercising Modernity Academy 2022 (up to 2,500 characters incl. spaces);

The organizers reserve the right to contact the selected candidate(s) for additional online interviews. 


  • Application documents will be accepted only in English;
  • Successful candidates undertake to attend the stationary sessions in October 2022 (depending on COVID-19 restrictions);
  • Courses, lectures and workshops will be held in English;
  • Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

The results of the recruitment procedure will be announced by the end of August 2022, and the list of selected participants will be published:

  • on the website of the Pilecki Institute:
  • on the Exercising Modernity project website:
  • on the Adam Mickiewicz Institute website:

The organizers are not under any obligation to substantiate the decisions of the enrollment committee. No appeal procedure has been provided for. For candidates selected to participate in the project, the present document will constitute an attachment to the agreement concluded between any such candidate and the Pilecki Institute.


Organizer:Pilecki Institute Berlin

Partners: Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Liebling Haus – The White City Center

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