About the Programme
Viadrinicum is an annual summer school at the European University Viadrina
in Frankfurt (Oder), devoted to the countries of the Eastern Partnership, and the larger context of Central and Eastern Europe. Its 2023 edition will revolve around the multifaceted question, how cities learn, and will look into the entanglements of urban learning and dwelling practices.
Departing from the UNESCO concept of learning cities, which emphasizes educational opportunities primarily from an institutional perspective, the school will invite students, young researchers, civil society activists, artists and cultural workers to equally reflect on the practices and spaces of everyday learning in an urban context. It will provide an opportunity to critically ponder the concept of learning (as well as unlearning) as a relational process, inquiring into its democratic and emancipatory potential. In the light of the massive (internal) displacement caused by Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine, the issue of accessibility of cities’ learning infrastructures for the newly arrived will be especially relevant for this year’s Viadrinicum.
Following the idea of experiential learning, a combination of academic and
non-academic formats will allow the participants of the school to actively explore the possibilities for a dialogue between different kinds of knowledge from academia, civil society and the arts. In a more practical sense, the school will offer opportunities for applied experimentation in the setting of a participatory urban intervention engaging local communities in the heart of the German-Polish twin city Frankfurt (Oder)-Słubice. This will happen in the frame of three lab.workshops (Doc.Lab, Community.Lab, Planners.Lab), where the participants will be able to develop their own small (team) projects with the assistance of facilitators from the respective fields.
Besides that, the school‘s program will feature round tables with researchers
from the Center for East European and International Studies (ZOiS, Berlin), film
screenings, public events, and Open Space sessions, where participants will have a chance to discuss their own scientific, civic or cultural work.
Successful applicants will be able to receive a travel scholarship.
Accommodation costs will be covered by the organizers.
Students, PhD candidates, young researchers, NGO activists, artists and a practitioners from any other field (up to 35 years old)
You can apply if you meet the following requirements:
- You are a student, a PhD candidate, a young researcher, an NGO activist, an artist or a practitioner from any other field up to 35 y/o;
- You have a genuine interest in transsectoral and interdisciplinary approaches to the topics of the school;
- Your knowledge of English is sufficient to take an active part in discussions.
Viadrinicum is an annual summer school devoted to the countries of the Eastern Partnership region with a special focus on Ukraine.
A scholarship is available, click "Register" to find out more.