Symposium “Urban-Industrial Entanglements in Crisis”

Symposium “Urban-Industrial Entanglements in Crisis”

22. 02. 2023 | 10:00 - 24. 02. 2023 | 12:00
European Humanities University, Vilnius

Symposium "Urban-Industrial Entanglements in Crisis"

February 22-24, 2023

European Humanities University, Vilnius
Saviciaus Street 17 (entrance to the building from Boksto street) Room 110 (ground floor)


22 February, 2023

10:00-10:15 Welcome and introduction

10:15-11:15Urban-Industrial Entanglements in Crisis” – roundtable discussion with introductory remarks by Asta Vonderau (Halle), Kerstin Poehls (Hamburg), Andreas Streinzer (St. Gallen) and Elizabeth Saleh (Beirut). Moderated by Siarhei Liubimau (Vilnius).

11:15-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-13:30 Panel I: Vanishing Urban-Industrial Entanglements. Moderated by Asta Vonderau (Halle).

  • Nikolaos Olma (Berlin): “Precarious Half-Lives: Examining Environmental (Un)Knowing in a Former Uranium Mining Town in Kyrgyzstan”
  • Zarina Adambussinova (Bishkek) and Chiara Pierobon: “Community Resilience of Post-Soviet Mono-industrial Areas Affected by the Uranium Legacy and Radiation: Evidence from Kyrgyzstan”
  • Povilas Marozas (Vilnius): “(Un)linked: Industrial Pasts in the Architecture and Public Art of Paupys in Vilnius
  • Francisco Martinez (Tallinn): “Half-Empty: Making Room for the Future through the Demolition of Soviet Housing in Estonia”

13:30-15:00 Lunch break

15:00-16:45 Panel II: Varieties of Infrastructural Crisis. Moderated by Tarmo Pikner (Tallinn).

  • Alexandra Schwell (Klagenfurt): “When the Lights Go Out. Mobilizing for the Blackout”
  • Kathrin Eitel (Zurich): “(Post-)Industrialism as Exception. The Mechanization of the Urban by Stylizing Responses to a Looming Waste Crisis”
  • Elizabeth Saleh (Beirut): “Guns, Gangs, and Metal: Transformations across Beirut’s Infrastructures”

17:00-18:30 CityIndustries Research Network meeting (CityIndustries members)

19:00 Dinner


23 February, 2023

10:00-11:30 Keynote talk by Katja Mueller (Jena): “Energy in Crisis? On Current Developments, Longue Durée and Anticipated Changes of Energy Systems”.

11:30-11:45 Coffee break

11:45-13:30 Panel III: Spatial Notions for [Energy] Infrastructural Change. Moderated by Povilas Marozas (Vilnius).

  • Tarmo Pikner (Tallinn): “Bordering of Energy Transition and More-Than-Urban Entanglements”
  • Daniel Urey (Stockholm): “What Landscapes Are For and For Whom? About the Necessity Of a New Collective Understanding of Landscapes in Times of a Green Energy Transition”
  • Felix Schiedlowski (Halle): “The Rhythms of Coal Mining in the Central German Mining District”

13:30-15:00 Lunch break

15:00-17:00 Panel IV: CSO and Media Research Responses to the War, Energy and Climate Crisis. Moderated by Siarhei Liubimau (Vilnius).

  • Živilė Mantrimaitė (Vilnius): “Hidden Costs of Energy Poverty in Lithuania”
  • Alexei Ovchinnikov (Batumi): “Environmental Consequences of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Revising and Rebuilding Ukrainian Cities”
  • Maksym Gardus (Kyiv): “Goals and Consequences of Russia’s Aggression in the Field of Ukraine’s Energy Sector”
  • Maisarah Abdul Kadir (Bonn): “Energy Transition and Commodity Extractivism in Indonesia”

17:15-18:30 Summarizing discussion

19:00 Dinner


24 February, 2023

10:00-12:00 Summarizing discussion


If you are interested to participate, please register via by February 17!




Partners: Nordic Summer University, CityIndustries Research Network, Laboratory of Critical Urbanism (EHU), University Halle-Wittenberg, Freilichtmuseum Molfsee, Experimental Humanities Collaborative Network (OSUN).