ACCOMMODATIONS: Positive Strategies for Documenting, Conserving, and Re-Inhabiting 'Outmoded' Spaces (Poland and East Central Europe)

Event Location: 
IAB 1512 and the Heyman Center for Humanities Common Room
Date from: 
Friday, October 23, 2015
Date 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. Full schedule available here.

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




Contact Name: 
Lucia Savchick
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Event Date: 
Friday, October 23, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, October 24, 2015 (All day)