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Housing the Masses - Invitation to the International conference

International conference on the history of institutionalized housing of socialist Czechoslovakia and Austrian welfare state.

In housing, architecture has served as one of the key instruments of organizing the life of society.
For Czechoslovakia and its subsequent states of the Czech Republic and Slovakia as much as for Austria, institutionalized housing – housing provided by the state or by limited profit cooperatives – has coined the everyday practices of urban living. The initial concepts of the 1920s, have evolved into distinctive models of housing due to their different political and economic background. However different they might be they also show strong parallels.
The symposium aims for an exchange of knowledge and fostering professional cooperation in the research of historic models of housing in Central Europe in the interwar period and the period after the World War II.. It seeks to establish professional and research cooperation between Czech and Austrian scholars on the topic of the history of institutionalized mass housing, which has great tradition in both countries. The symposium is also open to the general public. You are welcomed to join us in the discussion.

When: 28 April 2015
Venue: Moravian Gallery in Brno, Museum of Applied Arts, Husova 14, 662 26 Brno, Czech Republic
Start: The accreditation of participants starts at 9 am
Entrance fee: 30 CZK
Language: The symposium will be held in English

Conference Speakers:

HUBERT GUZIK (Czech Republic/Poland)
Faculty of Architecture, Czech Technical University in Prague
is an architectural historian. He graduated from the Warsaw University and Charles University in Prague. His main areas of research are the history of 20th century architecture in sociological context and feminist and gender architectural criticism. He has been an assistant professor at the Faculty of Architecture at Czech Technical University in Prague since 2009. In 2014, he published a book Four Paths to the Koldům: Collective Housing as an Example of the Utopia in the Czech Architecture, 1900–1989 (in Czech).

Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague
is an architecture theorist. She studied architecture in Prague, Czech Technical University and theory and history of arts in Prague, Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design. In the last few years, she has been working for the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, department Artyč, internet platform for contemporary art and for Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, project Panel housing estates in the Czech Republic. She is teaching at the ARCHIP, Architectural Institute in Prague. In 2014, she co-edited a book Solidarita Housing estate (in Czech).

ROMAN KRAKOVSKY (France/Slovakia)
Institute of Political Studies, Paris
is a historian and anthropologist with main focus on societies and authoritarian regimes in Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe. In 2012, he received his PhD in history at Sorbonne University (Paris, France). His work is devoted to the analysis of time and space frames in Communist Czechoslovakia was awarded with several distinctions including Prix d'histoire sociale of Fondation de la Maison des sciences de l'homme (Paris, 2013), The Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History of the Wiener Library (London, 2013) and Accessit Thesis Prize of Fondation Varenne (Paris, 2014), which was published in 2014 at Publications de la Sorbonne (Réinventer le monde. L'espace et le temps en Tchécoslovaquie comuniste).
Since 2013, he has held several research position such as the Visiting Fellow at CERI, Sciences Po/CNRS (Paris, France), Post-doc Research Fellow at Labex Tepsis, EHESS (Paris, France) and Visiting Research Fellow at Aleksanteri Institute, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Helsinki (Helsinki, Finland). Since 2005, he has been lecturing at the Institute of Political Sciences (Paris, France) and since 2013 at the Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva, MA Russie-Europe médiane (Geneva, Switzerland)

Faculty of Architecture and Regional Planning, Vienna University of Technology
is an architect and researcher based in Vienna, Austria. He studied architecture at the Vienna University of Technology and the ESA Paris and graduated from the Academy of fine Arts Vienna in 2007. Since then, he has been working in the field of architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism in practice, research and teaching, most recently in the ESF-funded research project SCIBE. His research interest focuses on how political thinking, its theory and economic conditions affect design, architecture and the urban environment.

Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
is an architecture theorist, cultural historian, curator and artist. He obtained a PhD in contemporary history at the University of Vienna and was teaching at the Institute of Building Typology at the Graz University of Technology and at various other universities and academies, including postgraduate programme of Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and most recently Academy of Fine arts in Vienna.
Among other projects he realized a touring exhibition through common amenities in Viennese municipal buildings of the inter-war-period, Vienna in 1995, a show about the history of anonymous single family houses in post-war Austria for AzW Vienna in 1998 and diverse formats about the productive force of crime for the development of art, architecture and urban design, e.g.: Michael Zinganel, Real Crime, Architecture & Crime, edition selene, Vienna 2003. He organized conferences and art exhibitions and participated at several exhibitions himself: e.g. at Shrinking Cities in 2005, at Open Cities, the 4 th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, in 2009, at Ruhr.2010, European Capital of Culture.
His recent work is concerned with various aspects of urban and transnational mobility, contemporary mass tourism and migration, both on a micro- and macro-political level. In 2013 he has coedited book on seaside architecture and urbanism in Bulgaria and Croatia: Holiday after the Fall

Department of Geography and Regional Research, University of Vienna
Since 1994 he teaches courses at University of Vienna on Urban Geography, Urban
Sociology, Urban Planning, Housing and Housing Policy, Locality Studies and Qualitative Methods. In 2004 he has been a Fulbright Visiting Professor, at the Department of Geography, University of Minnesota, USA.
He has published widely on European integration, urban development and housing politics with main focus on the international comparison. In 2005 he coedited book on the social consequences of European integration on housing: European Integration and Housing Policy (Routledge). His other fields of research are urban geography (in particular the institutional approach of research), qualitative methods (in particular the narrative interview) and „New Cultural Geography.“

Conference moderating: Jan Kristek and Jana Kořínková

Conference Team: Jan Kristek, Michael Klein, Jana Kořínková, Markéta Žáčková

The conference Housing the Masses and project History of Mass Housing of Czechoslovakia and Austria is financed by AKTION Czech Republic – Austria.

The project is organized under the auspices of the Faculty of Fine Arts BUT and Faculty of Architecture and Regional Planning, Vienna UT.

The project is organized in the cooperation with the Faculty of architeture BUT and Contesting Space – platform on modern theory and history of urbanism.

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