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Deputy Dean — Vera Leonova
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Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism is an independent learning and research division of the National Research University Higher School of Economics. Founded in 2011, the School takes a multidisciplinary approach towards studying and planning modern cities, using the excellent foundation that one of Russia’s top universities has formed in the humanities and socioeconomics. The School’s mission is to create a centre in Russia for learning and research in urban studies and urban planning. It is envisioned that this centre will respond to the needs of the 21st century city and the corresponding era of megacities that are home to tens of millions of people with diverse interests and aspirations. These are cities where sources of information grow and the space for civil, creative, and economic opportunities expands. From 2016 the School is officially named in honor of its first dean and one of the founders — Alexander Vysokovsky (1948-2014).
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20 September, Wednesday 20:30Dostoevsky Library (Chistoprudniy bulv., 23, bld. 1)Free, required registration Lecture will be presented in EnglishImage: Michał Murawski, Palaceology (Daniel Libeskind), Warsaw Museum of Modern Art, 2009.‘Ethnographic conceptualism’ refers to ‘ethnography conducted as conceptual art and conceptual art conducted as ethnography’ (Ssorin-Chaikov 2013). This lecture is about how – and why – it is possible and beneficial to conduct ethnographic conceptualist experiments in urban settings. I present some of the methodological experiments I carried out during fieldwork on the social life of the Palace of Culture and Science – a Stalinist skyscraper ‘gifted’ to Warsaw by the Soviet Union in 1955 – encompassing performative, provocative interventions into public debates and a large-scale quantitative survey. Defining the notion of ‘Palaceology’, I show how these experiments’ public scale and provocative style mirrored the bombastic manner and totalizing scope of the Palace’s presence in the city’s social life. Finally, I consider some of the pitfalls and possibilities, which one might encounter while conducting similar sorts of experiments in the context of 21st century Moscow.Michał Murawski is an anthropologist of architecture. He is Leverhulme Fellow at the Department of Russian at Queen Mary, University of London and a Research Fellow at The Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2014. His publications include the forthcoming book Palace Complex: The Social Life of a Stalinist Skyscraper in Capitalist Warsaw (Indiana University Press, 2018) and (co-edited with Jane Rendell), A Century of the Social Condenser, 1917-2017, a special issue of the Journal of Architecture (2017). He has contributed to Third Text: Critical Studies in Contemporary Art and Culture, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Anthropology Today, Social Text, Laboratorium, Focaal, The Calvert Journal, Strelka Magazine and The Architectural Review.Alexander StrepetovChair and Respondent