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Exercising Modernity Academy - Open Call





Ćwiczenie nowoczesności • Exercising modernity • Modernität üben • לתרגלמודרניזם

Forms of communitiness form the keynote of the second edition of the Polish–German–Israeli project, which is being organized by the Pilecki Institute in cooperation with the Liebling House – The White City Center (Tel Aviv), the Polish Institute in Tel Aviv, and the Gdynia City Museum. Meetings and workshops under the Exercising Modernity Academy will be held in the autumn of 2019 in Tel Aviv, Warsaw, Gdynia, Berlin and Weimar.

Participants will attend classes taught by eminent artists, curators, architects and researchers.

What does “communitiness” mean in distinct geographical and political contexts? How do we conceive the structure and the process of creating a community, and how were these conceived at the beginning of the 20th century? What conceptions of community-based living and the common space functioned in the interwar period? How was the role of social institutions and the potential future development of interhuman relations perceived at the time? We intend to examine these issues in the course of the Exercising Modernity Academy project. In particular, we will analyze past and present forms of cohabitation, and also new forms of societal management. In our project we plan to focus on three perspectives, i.e. the Polish, German, and Israeli, the dissimilarity of which is the result of disparate historical and cultural experiences.

Our focus will be on the following:
– communitiness as one of the fundamental ideas of modernity,
also in the context of collective memory and identity,
– community–based forms of habitation in Germany,
Poland and Israel, such as social housing states or the Israeli kibbutz,
– forms of social self–organization, for example cooperatives and (housing) associations,
– the public space and the quest for a modern agora for modern democracies.

We offer:
− gratuitous participation in the Academy, provision of board, lodging and transportation
− lectures and workshops held by experienced and acclaimed scholars and artists
− an interesting program of accompanying events
− those who complete the course will be entitled to submit their own research or artistic project, elaborated or expanded during classes, for a special scholarship - program organized by the Pilecki Institute and devoted to the issue of modernity in the 20th century

The Ćwiczenie nowoczesności | Exercising modernity | Modernität üben | לתרגל מודרניזם Academy program is open to researchers specializing in the humanities and artists who at the time of completion of the enrolment stage shall be under 35 years of age, and shall come from or reside in Israel, Germany or Poland. Applications can be sent in English, German and Polish. Meetings and workshops will be held in English.


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