Spring 2018    

Daniela Brasil (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany)

Daniela Brasil has initiated and coordinated various transdisciplinary and participatory projects that use playfulness and radical imagination as exercises for active citizenship and tools for people’s empowerment. Her research interests lie mainly on pedagogic, artistic and spatial practices that focus on horizontal forms of exchanging/creating knowledge and know-how; while searching for ways to (un)learn colonized thoughts, behaviours and representations. She studied Architecture and Urbanism in Rio de Janeiro, Environmental Urban Design in Lisbon and Barcelona, Social Sculpture in Oxford and received her PhD and her Master of Fine Arts in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.  For the past 6 years, she was Assistant Professor and Researcher at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Graz University of Technology, and from 2011-14 she was a member of the ADRIART consortium for the creation of the Master of Media Arts and Practices in the Universities of Rijeka, Croatia and of Nova Gorica, Slovenia. Daniela is based in Graz, Austria, where she works as an artist and researcher in collaborative settings, especially with the Daily Rhythms Collective on feminist actions and with Studio Magic on experimental architecture since 2013.

Project–title: Emancipatory Learning: New Schools and Artistic Platforms for Social Change

“This research will examine self-organised schools and socially engaged artistic practices that focus on emancipatory, inclusive and decolonized learning processes. By inquiring which ethical and practical postures are being implemented within selected projects worldwide, we will outline pedagogic and artistic strategies that are empowering people not only to resist biased worldviews moulded by hegemonic neoliberal forces, but also that are fostering more open, engaged, self-confident and active forms of belonging and of conviviality. In this context, a participatory-action-research will be conducted in the framework of the Silent University (Öğüt, 2012) in Austria, more specifically in the “the Katib Farsi Library in Graz”. Starting with the facilitation of dialogues sensitive to situated forms of knowledge production (Haraway), we will trace how Radical Openness (hooks) is taking place within learners communities, i.e. how everyone involved in the process are dealing with the challenges to transgress certain standpoints; finally how comfort zones are being questioned and pushed into real moves towards social change.”

Francesca  Forlè  (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Italy)

Francesca Forlè is CAS SEE Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Rijeka and Guest Lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan. Previously, she has been Post-doctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Philosophy, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan. She holds a PhD in Cognitive Neurosciences and Philosophy of Mind. She is mainly interested in phenomenology, philosophy of mind and social ontology. She is Managing Editor of the journal Phenomenology and Mind and member of the Research Centre PERSONA at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan. Francesca published several papers on peer-review international journals and edited volumes. She is also co-editor of three special issues of the journal Phenomenology and Mind. Francesca has also recently published the book Qualità terziarie. Saggio sulla fenomenologia sperimentale, FrancoAngeli, Milano 2017 (Tertiary Qualities. An essay on experimental phenomenology).

Project–title: Rythmòs in Acting Together. Reinforcing Joint Actions, Improving Stability, and Orienting Power Hierarchies

“The main aim of the present project is to explore the possibility of applying the theoretical notion of rythmòs – as it has been developed by phenomenologists such as Piana (1991) and Zhok (2012) – to the domain of shared agency and collective actions (Searle 2010, Gilbert 2013).

Rythmòs can be defined as the organized structure of perceptual reality that allows us to recognize and anticipate the perceptual diachronic course. It is a general trans-modal structure of impulses and relaxations, openings and closures, which characterizes a great variety of phenomena (from a bouncing ball to a collapsing scree, from musical rhythms to human actions).

Trying to investigate the role of rythmòs in collective actions, the aim of this project is twofold. First, I would like to maintain that, even being a trait that can characterize actions at a sub-personal, unconscious level, rythmòs can also be exploited at a personal and conscious level to reinforce joint actions themselves and to promote agents’ collaboration and coordination in trying to achieve their goals. In this sense, rythmòs can acquire a central role in giving stability to collective actions and in reducing the possible uncertainty about the complete commitment of the agents in the action (Michael and Pacherie 2015). Secondly, I would like to argue that the rythmòs of a collective action can be manipulated by an agent in order to achieve a position of leadership (Bassetti and Bottazzi 2015). Charisma, for instance, can be, at least partly, considered as the ability to manipulate the rhythm of an interaction by consciously or unconsciously imposing one’s timing (for instance, imposing the turn-taking or setting a faster prosody in conversation). Therefore, rythmòs will appear as a means to stabilize collective actions but also to orient power roles.”

Filip Milacic (Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany)

Filip Milacic studied Political science and History of Eastern Europe at the University of Heidelberg and obtained the PhD at the Humboldt University (Supervisor Professor Wolfgang Merkel). Milacic was a fellow of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Currently he is a lecturer at the University of Montenegro, Faculty of Political Science and a CAS SEE Fellow.

Project–title: The emergence of identity politics cleavage and its effect on social movements

“Numerous European societies are currently dealing with great socio-political changes that are strongly affecting their political systems and their democracies in general. I argue that this has been to a great extent caused by the emergence of the new polarization line in their political systems, which I label identity politics cleavage. The existence of the new cleavage is namely causing the unprecedented increase of electoral support for the populist radical right parties. Accordingly, I will investigate the emergence of new forms of social engagement and civic participation in national and transnational contexts as a direct response to two following threats to the liberal societies posed by the populist radical right: Firstly, its emphasis on the ethnic notion of the citizenship, i.e. on the ethnic and cultural homogeneity. Secondly, the right-wing populists’ “war against gender”, i.e. their advocating of “family values” in order to oppose gender equality and women’s rights. In other words, my research will primarily focus on new protagonists and movements that could challenge nationalist and anti-gender rhetoric of the populist radical right.”

Polona Sitar (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Polona Sitar has obtained a PhD from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana and a bachelor’s degree in Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology from the Faculty of Arts and also in Communication Sciences from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana. She holds a title Assistant with a doctorate which she received while working at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, at the Institute of Culture and Memory Studies. Her main research interest focuses on anthropology of consumption, gender studies, memory studies and anthropology of postsocialism. In 2017 her first book titled “Not just Bread, Roses too!”: Consumption, Technological Development and Female Emancipation in Socialist Slovenia was published by a leading Slovenian scientific publishing house ZRC SAZU.

Project–title: Global Menstrual Movements as New Forms of Social Engagement

“As a CAS SEE Fellow, Polona will try to understand global menstrual movements as new forms of social engagement, especially in which way they are challenging and changing the existing social order in the global world today. In November 2017 Bodyform responded by releasing the UK’s first advert to depict real menstrual blood with the tagline “Periods are normal. Showing them should be too”. The aim is to push forward understandings of the shame and stigma connected with menstruation and the dignity that hygiene products purport to bring. The advertisements and women’s stories will provide us with insight into the shame connected with menstruation and the emancipatory potential of hygiene products. Menstrual social movements are fighting for equal access to menstrual hygiene for all people with periods – menstrual hygiene is not a privilege, but a right. Spurred by grass-roots activism aimed at lifting the stigma surrounding menstruation, the lawmakers in USA are proposing measures to provide broad access to menstrual products for women. Their efforts include exempting tampons and pads from state and local taxes, compelling prisons to stop charging inmates for the supplies and making them available for free at public schools and workplaces. The project will analyse new narratives of advocating for social change of the menstrual social movements. In particular, it will discuss the discourse which is being used by new forms of engagement to relate to the issues of activism while focusing on the fight for equality between genders and social equality in neoliberal world.”

Tiziano Toracca (University of Perugia, Italy; University of Ghent, Belgium)

Tiziano Toracca is graduated in Law (Pisa, 2005) and in Italian Language and Literature (Pisa, 2011). He got a Joint PhD in Italian Studies, Comparative Literature and Literary Studies (Perugia-Ghent, 2017). He coordinated the Jean Monnet Project I work therefore I am European ( at the Department of Philosophy and Education Sciences of the University of Torino. Currently he is research fellow at CAS SEE in Rijeka with a project on the universal basic income in relation with the conception and representation of modern labour. His research focuses on the Italian contemporary narrative, Modernism and Neomodernism, Law and Literature with specific attention to the issue of Labour. He is member of the Center for European Modernism Studies and of the Italian Society for Law and Literature and he is editor of «Allegoria». Since 2012 he teaches humanities in the high school and a course of creative writing in a psychiatric center.

Project–title: Metamorphosis of Labour. The Movement for a Basic Income in the Light of the Modern Paradigm of Labour

“I will analyze a social and political movement active at an international level, which engages in developing a new paradigm of welfare through a “universal basic income” (UBI). This movement has created an international network (BIEN), it has fostered a huge debate and it is advocating a new, radical practice of democracy, social integration and post industrial solidarity. The goal of UBI is to guarantee social rights to whoever lives in a digital society. I will discuss the ideology behind UBI within the contemporary emerging and global metamorphosis of labour (precariousness, flexibility, total mobilization, polarization, inequality, deindustrialization, end of work). In particular, I will study this project (UBI) on the basis of a long term representation of labour and in particular on the basis of the constitutive ambiguity at the core of the notion of modern labour. I will investigate what is the rule of socialization and social identity in a community in which labour is replaced by UBI. For my empirical analysis I will take into account the Basic Income Network Italia (BIN Italia), an organization which has been created in 2016 by an interdisciplinary group of scholars and social activists (”

Barbara Turk Niskac (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Barbara Turk Niskač received her PhD in Ethnology, Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Ljubljana (2016), where she worked as a Junior Researcher, and is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor. She was a Visiting PhD Student at the University of Sarajevo, Centre for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Rutgers University. Her doctoral dissertation Playing at Work, Working at Play: An Ethnographic Study of Learning in Early Childhood examined the relationship between play, work and learning in early childhood in Slovenia. Her main research interests include anthropology of childhood, anthropology of education, anthropology of work, migration and ethnic studies, sensory ethnography and visual anthropology. She is particularly interested in employing participatory visual methods in research with children and youth. Apart from academia, she also worked for International Organization for Migration (IOM – UN Agency).

Project–title: “Life is all about work”: Growing Food as Lifestyle Politics

“As studies on food activism reflect, a decision to grow your own food might as well be related to social activism, social change movements, politics as well as social and economic justice (Galina 2013). The proposed research looks at the conceptualization of counter-urban movements in Slovenian case studies. I will conduct a research on lifestyle politics and food activism, particularly with families who decided to move or set up a farm and pursue an agrarian life away from urban centres and placing food production at the forefront of their lifestyle. I aim to investigate whether these alternative lifestyles provide a critique of consumer culture and strive towards environmental sustainability and non-capitalist economic relations (Wilbur 2014). I argue that their decision to pursue alternative lifestyle can be understood as a form of ‘unclaimed activism’ or ‘lifestyle politics’ (Bennett 2006; Nolas et. al 2018). Following values-based approach to political activism (Lambek 2010), I am particularly concerned with meanings and practices of these families that express their concern to the world of neoliberal capitalism with growing inequality and insecurity (Sayer 2011).”

Pavao Žitko (University of Perugia, Italy)

Pavao Žitko is a Post-doc Fellow at the CAS-SEE of Rijeka in collaboration with Italian Umbria Research Agency. From the beginnings of his academic career, after graduating in Philosophy at the University of Pisa (Italy) in 2012 and even before obtaining the PhD in Human Sciences with a specialization in Philosophy at the University of Perugia in 2017, the fellow also had the opportunity to exercise his research skills as the assistant at the University of Perugia, for the class of Prof. Marco Moschini (Philosophy).

As a disciple of Italian critical ontology, a philosophical and academic movement originated in Italy at the beginning of the 20th century in the work of Pantaleo Carabellese (1877-1948) which is still being taught and investigated at the University of Perugia in the philosophical thought of the most influent living critical ontologists and university professors, the intention is to open up the ontological arguments to an interdisciplinary research in a fruitful dialogue with the modern philosophies of environment and environmental science.

Project – Title: Ultramodern Man as a State of Consciousness

The assumption of this research is the thesis according to which the current state of human environmental consciousness derives from a progressive detachment from its environment, having as its philosophical roots the change of the human thinking paradigm with the foundation of modern subjectivism. Over the centuries, the subject has affirmed its supremacy, thus becoming the extreme outcome of this progressive becoming self-sufficient in the order of living beings that inhabit the world. The Italian philosophical school of critical ontology contrasts the notion of postmodernity, underlining the progressive escalation of the current delirium of the anthropological instance with the notion of – ultramodernity.

Ultramodernity is a state of consciousness in which modern man reaches the extreme acts of violence, in function of an extreme existential egoism. Postmodernism would already indicate an overcoming of this modern egoism and therefore this notion remains a goal and a purpose of the philosophical path, but it is not adequate to describe the way in which contemporary man thinks.

The intention is therefore to elaborate the notion of ultramodernity in order to problematize the contemporary anthropological instance, using an interdisciplinary approach in different fields of collaborative research, starting from scientific results on climate changes and environmental problems to a sociological and philosophical-speculative analysis of this particular philosophical state of contemporary man’s consciousness with a cultural background that can be traced back to that of the Western mold.

Non-Resident fellows

Carlos González Villa (University of Madrid, Spain)

Project – title: The Slovene Reaction to the European Migrant Crisis: Class and Ideology at the edge of Schengen

“The European response to the 2015 migrant crisis was initially featured by warm welcome expressions from the European elites, especially from EU institutions and the German government. However, it quickly evolved into the enhancement of extremist positions and the “Fortress Europe” pretension. The opposition to the limited European Commission’s relocation and resettlement plan – initially led by the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia – ended up in the conclusion of an agreement with Turkey for the return of asylum-seekers to that country. Along this process, governments, mainstream political parties and new far-right organizations have shaped cultural-related and seemingly technical discursive lines for rationalizing the exclusion and rejection of migrants. In the case of the Slovene elites, the justification for the closure of the “Balkan route” of refugees in September 2015 relied in the assumption of their responsibility to protect the Schengen external border and in the intention of remaining in the core of an eventual multi-speed Europe.

This project aims to define the state of the ideology within the Slovene ruling class during the migrant crisis, considering that ideological trends do not solely respond to agency, but also to structural relations, which take place inside polities and at the transnational level. The peripheral position of Slovenia within the EU and the consequences of the European economic crisis are departing points for assessing the existence of a contagion in the region after the arrival of migrants.”

Gruia Bădescu (Oxford University, UK)

Project – title: Spatializing Cultural Policies and Activism in Croatia and Romania: A Comparative, Transnational Study

“For decades now, many European cities have embraced a repertoire of cultural policies thought to stimulate spatial development —such as the cultural mega-event or the Bilbao-emulating contemporary art museum — and democratic practice— including diverse processes, ranging from the spatial memorialization of public crimes to an opening to citizen participation and inclusion. Participation and inclusiveness in city-making have been packaged in EU documents as a “European best practice”. Exported through various EU channels in new member states,  these policies intersected –and at times clashed-  with a strong local activism and grassroots organization calling in particular for more inclusive, participatory practices.  My project will explore in a comparative and transnational frame the spatialisation and democratization of cultural policy in two such contexts, Croatia and Romania.  It will examine the entanglements of various actors at the local scale, as well as similarities, differences and links between urban activism and policies in the two countries, often researched separately because of language limitations, historical differentiations, as well as narratives and imaginaries of exceptionalism. Aiming to understand the wider region as a space of flows of ideas and practices, and using the lens of comparative urbanism, I will explore how two particular themes in cultural policy and activism have been included in debates of spatial development and inclusiveness:  the cultural mega-event and the process of memorialization. First, I will scrutinize the role of European Capital of Culture bids in spatial development and inclusive city-making, with a particular focus on how the theme of participation has been mobilized in the bids for capital of culture in Rijeka, Zagreb, Timisoara and Bucharest.  Second, I will build on my current research as part of the AHRC-Labex research project “Criminalization of Dictatorial Pasts in Europe and Latin America in Global Perspective” to investigate the spatialisation of memory policies and politics and the entanglements between actors, both locally and transnationally.”

Natasha Sardžoska (Karls Eberhard Universität Tübingen, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, Università degli Studi di Bergamo)

Project – title: Mapping of Spatial Memory in Limitrophe Cities: Border-Landscapes and Border-Bodies

“The project draws on political meanings of borders which are perpetually blurred and shifted in tidal geography of continuous phenomenological evolution undergoing cultural mummification and erasure of preexisting maps. In the societal porosity context, where we are witnessing a revival of “quick sand” cultural boundaries, I shall focus on the production of new map of borders, flows of non-targeted displacements and dislocations, indeterminate journeys and nostalgia for a lost space instigated by the political shattering of urban zones. The corpus of my research are social actors and artists inhabiting Istria region who are disintegrating, misplacing, reinventing and questioning invisible boundaries in urban landscapes and the interstice of artistic, nominal and liminal interpretations. I plan to elaborate interventions reflecting space, new monuments, mapping of memory, mental landscapes, re-formed urban spaces. The larger context remains in the European border politics emerged from spatial reconfigurations. I draw on Italian, Slovenian and Croatians artists inhabiting Istria arguing forms of belonging, artistic exile and self-definition that unveil interrelations of cultural mutation processes from common spatial memory towards transitory emotional memory. The goal is to rethink the interconnected mapping and bordering meanings, which have become marginalized, detached, diasporic but at the same time a center and a nucleus of creativity, ontological uncertainty, cognitive anxiety, diversifying identifications and proliferating movements and unpredictable trajectories in a city. The question I am tackling is: is it so important to draw boundaries, charts and maps when the world has turned culturally liminal, flow and creolizing?”

Marija Ott Franolić (University of Zagreb, Croatia)

Project – title: Read, Think, Act

“In an unstable and shifting world with growing social injustices, the ability to think critically and creatively, as well as to show solidarity with others, could be a path to social change. The aim of my research is to interdisciplinary connect Adorno’s concept of education for “general enlightenment” to the act of critical and creative reading. The questions are: can the merging of critical and literary theory give us some answers on how to enhance critical thinking? Can reading fiction encourage the development of open-minded, solidary people ready for change?

I shall define and analyze the connection between reading literature and becoming an autonomous subject. I will connect Adorno’s views to literary theory and phenomenology, in order to inspect how creative and critical reading of literature can heighten our empathy, along the lines of the theory of Martha Nussbaum. In the light of Marx’s claim that one should educate the educators, I will implement my theoretical findings at the critical reading workshop with the students of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Rijeka. We will read creatively and try to imagine alternative, better ways of living.”

Mateja Kurir Borovčić (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Project – title: Architecture as ideology: The perspectives of critical theory from modernism to the present

“A basic entry point to reflect on architecture, which has always been deeply connected with ideology, in the realm of critical theory is explicated by Fredric Jameson in Political Unconscious:

How is it possible for a cultural text that fulfils a demonstrably ideological function, as a hegemonic work whose formal categories as well as its content secure the legitimation of this or that form of class domination – how is it possible for such a text to embody a properly utopian impulse, or to resonate a universal value inconsistent with the narrower limits of class privilege that inform its more immediate ideological vocation?

The ideological function of architecture is the key focus of this project. Architecture will be held here as a prominent theoretical ground for the spatial formation of ideology as such. Critical theory has largely elaborated on the formation and understanding of ideology within architecture during the age of modernism (Benjamin, Adorno) and postmodernism (Tafuri, Jameson), as well as in neoliberalism.

The aim of the project is to prepare an article outlining the basic reception of architecture in critical theory from modernism to the present, in order to reflect on architecture as a spatial formation of ideology in the age of neoliberalism, where architecture is established as one of the prominent battle fields of capitalism.

 Mónica Cano Abadía (University of Zaragoza, Spain)

Project – title: The Re-Radicalization of Critical Thinking: Toward a Global Social Justice

In a moment when post-truth politics hinders the access to information and when it seems that the triumph of neoliberalism is giving rise to fascism and populism at a global scale, this research project aims to carry out a diffractive reading (Barad, 2007; Haraway, 1999: 126) on Rosi Braidotti and Judith Butler. We argue that their recent scripts are of the most importance to analyze the agents of new thinking within a Critical Theory beyond neoliberalism.

Braidotti calls on the need for the re-radicalization against the fascism, misogyny and racism that accompanies neoliberalism. In order to do so, it is needed to construct new agents – a new caring and cosmopolitan collective subject. Braidotti advocates for the understanding of different ways of thinking the human through a new affirmative definition of what unites us. Thus, Braidotti proposes an affirmative political praxis that conforms an active and responsible collective subject. The objective would be, then, to create new sustainable horizons of hope through resistance. It would be interesting for us to explore in this research project how Braidotti’s proposal could be articulated with Butler’s and Athanasiou’s thinking about the paradoxical possibilities of agency within dispossesion (Butler and Athanasiou, 2013).

Mišo Kapetanović (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Project – title:  Regulation of Informal Construction in Anticipation of the European Capital of Culture Rijeka 2020

“Rijeka is an odd case in the wider Croatian context of informal construction development and regulation. During the period of its largest industrial growth in the 20th century, the city did not have a problem with informal construction to the same extent as other industrial centres like Zagreb, Osijek or Split (Vresk 1997, Vresk 1998). Still, several inner city and suburban neighbourhoods developed a significant number of informally constructed buildings (Pehlin, Rujevica, Grpci, Pilepići, Rubeši, Rešetari, Srdoči, Matulji, Kostrena). Individual informal construction is commonly held culpable for disrupting urban planning and infrastructure development. It often involves socially vulnerable segments of the population, such as ethnic minorities (particularly Roma), rural to urban migrants, precarious industrial workers and war refugees, making agency and vulnerability of the actors involved in the practice a complex question. As the current dynamics of informal construction regulation in the city are soon to be altered with preparations for European Capital of Culture – Rijeka 2020 (ECC), I am interested in the ways these preparations affect informal construction regulation. Major projects such as ECC aim to attract investments and publicity. Likewise, they are frequently used to solve cities long-term ills rapidly and can serve as a justification for large developments. My research project examines the consequences ECC will have on the development of the mentioned neighbourhoods and general public infrastructure in the city; how these effects distribute towards the city periphery; and what the dynamics may hold for minorities in the city.”

Davide Pala (University of Torino, Italy)

Project – title: Experts, Good Citizens, Democratic Public Debates and Global Warming

“Among climate experts there is an overwhelming consensus that (i) global warming is occurring, that (ii) this fact is alarming and that (iii) humans  are causally responsible for it. Despite this, 16% of American citizens deny that (i) global warming is occurring, 48% of them question (ii) its seriousness, and 50% think that (iii) human activity has no role in causing it (Anderson 2011). These discrepancies can be observed in many other countries as well. In this project I intend to provide a moral framework to assess the attitude of those citizens that, like American citizens, in democratic public debates concerning the elaboration of public policies, mistrust experts, i.e. trustworthy  epistemic  authorities,  in  regard  to  beliefs  that  are  justified and  almost undisputed within the scientific community. Moreover, I aim at employing this moral framework to evaluate the attitude of those citizens that mistrust climate experts, and I intend to outline some feasible proposals useful to counteract this attitude. To accomplish these aims, I will proceed in three steps. First, I will develop the non-exhaustive ideal of the good citizens publicly debating in democratic contexts. I will argue that, according to this non-exhaustive deal, as a necessary but not sufficient condition, in democratic public debates citizens show what I call the virtue of the epistemic trust in trustworthy epistemic authorities, as a way to respect themselves and each other as peers in circumstances of epistemic dependence. In more detail, by translating rawlsian ideas of both rationality and reasonableness into epistemic terms, and by broaden them in order to cover public debates too, I will show that the virtue of the epistemic trust in trustworthy epistemic authorities is required by two ideas specifying the non-exhaustive ideal of the good citizens publicly debating in democratic contexts, i.e. the idea of rational citizens, and the idea of reasonable citizens. Second, after elaborating this moral framework, I will employ it to assess the public mistrusting attitude showed, within  democratic  contexts,  by  citizens  toward climate experts, and argue that it is bad, because it shows the lack of the virtue of the epistemic trust in trustworthy epistemic authorities. Finally, I will outline some public and feasible strategies that should be used to modify this bad attitude.”

Nataša Janković (University of Belgrade, Serbia)

Project – title: Architectural terRI[s]tories[1]: Mapping the process of city transformation

[1] Architectural stories about Rijeka’s territory

“Architecture represents one of the possible ways of how territory can be marked, but it is also a permanent trace of the process of its development. As a built form it is a sign in the ground, while as an idea it represents a trace of various approaches to its development within theoretical field. This research examines the significance and meaning of a single architectural gesture within the context of architectural narrative of the city territory by starting from the structural approach to observation of the territory and the method of post-structuralist analysis.
This research links and analyses: 1) the importance of the architectural gesture in the process of defining and developing the territory of the city, through 2) changing position from the phenomenological (formal, formative) to critical discourse of observing architecture, which examines 3) the potential of the interpretative narrative both of the architecture and the territory. With approach based on semantics and metaphors, the aim of the research of the territory and architecture as an element of its structure, is to ‘read’ some of the layers of the city (terRI[s]tories), which is considered as a cultural palimpsest, through processes and material layers of its changes and development.
This theoretical background and methodological apparatus was used in order do re-write 20.20 stoRIes of Rijeka (20 terRI(s)tories – Architectural stories about Rijeka’s territory from 20th century). More precise 20 terRI(s)tories as spatial sequences from the period between 1920th (the year of Rijeka’s autonomy) and 2020th (the year when Rijeka will be European Capital of Culture) thematically grouped into different chapters were mapped with the aim of presenting some of the scapes – scenery views:  socialscape, powerscape, visionscape, alterscape, memoryscape and spaces of porosity (within different scapes) of the Rijeka’s territory transformation. Reading of the terRI(s)tories should examine the potential of spatial narrativity within specific spatio-temporal context for a re-wRIting of a new stoRIes with(out) words or (new) objects by using of existing spatial sequences for future conceptions and actions.”