Online Lecture | December 5 | Knowing and Planning the Post-War City

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On December 5, 5 – 6.30 PM CET/ 7 – 8.30 EEST Dr. Jens Adam will give an interdisciplinary perspective on the post-war city drawing on examples from Sarajevo, Beirut and Lviv.

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About the lecture:
War seems less and less an aberration, but rather a permanent condition in our contemporary world. Cities are affected in manifold ways – as sites of destruction, places of refuge and bases for (creative) resistance. In this lecture, I will ask how the specters of (past/present/imminent) wars challenge the rationalities and practices of urban planning and city-making. From the perspective of everyday urban life, is it always so clear when wars begin and the post-war period ends? Drawing on examples from Sarajevo, Beirut and Lviv, I will propose ethnography as a form of knowledge production that could prove helpful in the task of planning the post-war city.

About the lecturer:
Dr. Jens Adam is currently a fellow within the research group “Internalizing Borders: The Social and Normative Consequences of the European Border Regime“ at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University (Germany). Trained as a cultural and social anthropologist, his research focuses especially on international cultural policy and cooperation, cultural heritage and urban development as well as border regimes, war and political violence.

The lecture will be recorded and subsequently provided on the panforukraine learning platform: (registration needed).

If you wish to receive a certificate for taking part in the lecture series, please register here: Please note that to receive the certificate you need to attend at least six of the seven sessions and upload a simple assignment at the end of the course.
Assignment: Reflect on 1-3 inputs of your choice: What have you learnt? How can this be transferred to your own/the Ukrainian context? Please indicate if there are any open questions that need to be explored further. Please upload a short essay (500 words max) until 31.12.2023 via

The lecture series is part of the project „Reconstruction Modules Ukraine“ and funded by the DAAD program „Ukraine Digital“. It is organized and conducted by Prof. Dr. Detlef Kurth, Anna Kuzyshyn [RPTU Kaiserslautern], Prof. Christoph Wessling, Prof. Dr. Silke Weidner, Dr. Sepideh Zarrin Ghalam [BTU Cottbus], Prof. Frank Schwartze and Vivienne Mayer [TH Lübeck]. For any questions please contact We are looking forward to seeing you!