Doctoral Workshop with Łukasz Stanek, "The Worlding of Eastern Europe: Architects from Socialist Countries in Cold War Nigeria"
Łukasz Stanek will join the doctoral students of Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning for a workshop centered around his most recent work on the Eastern European export of socialist modernity and modernist architecture to the non-aligned states of Nigeria, Iraq, and Ghana.
Titled “The Worlding of Eastern Europe: Architects from Socialist Countries in Cold War Nigeria,” this workshop will provide a glimpse into the third chapter of Dr. Stanek’s upcoming book, which investigates transfers of socialist architecture to Nigeria during the Cold War, and correspondences between Eastern European architects and planners and the newly formed Nigerian state during the early stages of its formation as an independent nation.
The workshop will start with the brief presentation of Dr. Stanek’s upcoming book chapter (outlined below), and will continue with a discussion of his 2015 JSAH article “Architects from Socialist Countries in Ghana (1957–67): Modern Architecture and Mondialisation.” Doctoral students are invited to engage with these topics and to expand the conversation to include Dr. Stanek’s larger interests in exchanges of knowledge during Cold War.
Łukasz Stanek is Senior Lecturer at the Manchester Architecture Research Centre, University of Manchester. Stanek authored Henri Lefebvre on Space: Architecture, Urban Research, and the Production of Theory (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and edited the first publication in any language of Lefebvre’s book about architecture, Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment (University of Minnesota Press, 2014). Stanek’s second field of research is the architecture of socialist countries during the Cold War in a global perspective, and he recently edited the book Team 10 East. Revisionist Architecture in Real Existing Modernism (Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw/ Chicago University Press, 2014). His current project focuses on the mobility of architectural knowledge between European socialist countries, Africa and the Middle East after the Second World War. Dr. Stanek will give a public lecture on Wednesday, January 10 in the Art & Architecture Auditorium at 6:00pm.
For information on Dr. Stanek’s lecture, please visit: https://taubmancollege.umich.edu/events/2018/01/10/lecture-%C5%82ukasz-s...