Vilnius, 21.02-08.03.2014.

“Mapping Post-Socialist Urban Spaces in Vilnius” was  a two week DAAD GoEast winter school exploring dilemmas of contemporary urbanisation in Eastern Europe by performing a deep mapping of two districts of Vilnius: Lazdynai and Šnipiškės.

This winter school, organized by the European Humanities University’s Laboratory of Critical Urbanism and the Vilnius Center for German Studies in collaboration with Lithuanian partners, such as Archfondas,, the municipality of Lazdynai and the Museum of Technology and Energy,  has brought together a group of German, Belarusian, Lithuanian, Czech and Estonian students from disciplines ranging  from architecture to urban studies, cultural geography and anthropology  in an intensive programme aiming to produce new modes of researching the development of urban forms and the transformations of the  societies of Eastern Europe. In so doing the winter school has engaged with the potential and problems of mapping at a time when the spread of digital technologies is multiplying both  the quantity and range of maps being produced. The final product of the students’ work is, thus, an experimental mapping project of one aspect of the life of either of the two case study districts which they will present in an open meeting in each of the districts and in a publication scheduled for spring 2015.