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The African Studies Center (ASC) sponsors conferences, lectures, exhibits, film series, and cultural performances throughout the year. These events are designed to foster understanding of Africa among members of the U-M community and the public  and to advance the exchange of resources and knowledge between U-M and its partners in Africa.

CREES Noon Lecture. The Worlding of Eastern Europe: Architects from Socialist Countries in Cold War West Africa

Łukasz Stanek, visiting associate professor of architecture, U-M
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
12:00-1:20 PM
1010 Weiser Hall Map
This talk revisits one of the most under-researched topics in the history of 20th century modern architecture: African and Asian engagements of architects, planners, and construction companies from socialist countries. Upon their arrival to postcolonial Ghana and Nigeria, architects from socialist Hungary, Poland, and Yugoslavia drew analogies between the historical experience of Eastern Europe and West Africa as underdeveloped, colonized, and peripheral. This talk will show how these analogies allowed them to draw upon specific design tools and procedures from Eastern European architectural culture—and how their work in West Africa testified to the limits of these correspondences.

Łukasz Stanek is a visiting associate professor of architecture at U-M, and senior lecturer at the Manchester School of Architecture, the University of Manchester, U.K. Stanek authored "Henri Lefebvre on Space: Architecture, Urban Research, and the Production of Theory" (2011) and edited Lefebvre’s book "Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment" (2014). He published on cold war mobilities of architecture between socialist countries, West Africa, and the Middle East, which is the topic of his forthcoming book. Previously Stanek taught at ETH Zurich and Harvard University, and received fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in Visual Arts (Washington D. C.), among other institutions.

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this event, please reach out to crees@umich.edu at least 2 weeks in advance of this event. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Africa, Architecture, European, International
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, History of Art, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, International Institute, Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, African Studies Center