Cities provide a creative space in the modern world, but also serve as sites of sometimes intense conflict. In this seminar we will be looking at cities that arose or were shaped in part by socialism. We will examine some of the ways that ideas and practices that arose under socialism in the Former Soviet Union and its empire affected people’s living conditions, public spaces, and public and private lives.
We will also study what has happened in once socialist cities as political and economic change writ large arrived in the late 1980s-early 1990s. Transformation follows transformation, layers of memories are peeled away and supplanted. We will read about utopias and nostalgia, revolutionary destruction, creative destruction, obsolescence and re-imagining. We will end by considering cities of the future.
This is your WordPress blog, hosted on Georgetown Commons. It will be a space for writing (and illustrating) and sharing your reflections about socialist cities. You can make comparisons between places or readings, expand our knowledge, or dig into the details.
To get started, click on the “Login” link in the Site Tools section of the sidebar. Once you’ve logged in with your NetID and password, click on “Write a new post” . If you have any questions about how to use your WordPress blog, please contact CNDLS at firstname.lastname@example.org.