The Centre for Historical Research in Berlin of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Centre for Cultural Heritage Studies and Technologies, Universität Bamberg, and Carleton University’s “War Damage Atlas” initiative jointly extend a warm invitation to researchers interested in the spatial, material, and narrative reconfiguration of early postwar cities. “Narrating a New World” is free of charge. No registration is required.
Location: Zentrum für Historische Forschung Berlin der Polnischen Akademie der
Wissenschaften, Majakowskiring 47, 13156 Berlin, http://www.cbh.pan.pl/de
In the wake of World War Two destruction, municipal administrations throughout Central and Eastern Europe had to decide quickly about what to remove, keep, reconstruct, and build anew. In cities such as Warsaw, Berlin, Kiev, and Wrocław, the historical period between the collapse of the urban organism and the completion of flagship reconstruction projects laid the foundations for a physical reconstitution and mythological rebirth of cities, regions, and nation states. Discursive spaces between technology, politics, and memory provided fertile ground for myths and legends surrounding heroic acts and everyday particularities of the reconstruction process. “Narrating a New World” asks what war damage maps, reconstruction planning documents, and design drawings (among other often-overlooked sources) can tell us about the relationships between memories, myths, and burgeoning values-based conservation in urban heritage. Built around three central themes – knowledge transfer, damage mapping, and myth-making – the symposium aims to establish links between the tangible aspects of rebuilding and the intangible heritage of attendant stories.
- Anna Vyazemtseva (University of Insubria / Institute of History and Theory of Architecture and Urban Planning, Moscow) Urban Planning and the ‘Foreign’ Experience in the Soviet Union Towards the End of World War Two
Chairs: Jerzy Elżanowski (Carleton University) and
Carmen M. Enss (Bamberg University)
Zoya Masoud (TU Berlin)
Łukasz Stanek (Manchester University)
Dr. Carmen M. Enss
University of Bamberg, Germany, Centre for Cultural Heritage Studies and Technologies