Spring School 2021
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Andra Aaloe and Francisco Martínez will host the workshop ‘Post-Brokenness’ in the (Re)configuring Territories Spring School taking place in Narva (May–June 2021). Selected participants will study how personal and collective relationships are sustained in relation to the maintenance and repair of the surrounding environment, opening up a wide range of questions about care-taking, sustainability and the fragility of the worlds we inhabit.
The focus will be on Eastern Estonia in general, a region affected by monofunctional Soviet industrialism and continuous demographic decrease and political abandonment of the last decades. There, the overwhelming first impression of brokenness (especially viewed from the West) will be contested through a series of in-situ micro-ethnographies, where participants will be asked to pay attention to the multiple practices and material interventions that establish socio-material stability and maintain our life-worlds as we know them.
By post-brokenness, we thus mean to a condition in which recovery has not been achieved, yet many things continue to go on in the meantime – including care and suturing practices. With a practical-research oriented ethos, the programme will combine lectures and reading seminars with multimodal forms of fieldwork techniques – meeting locals and elaborating a final individual project to be presented on a chosen site of Narva.
Andra Aaloe is a freelancer from Tallinn, Estonia, working across several fields from fine and performing arts to curatorial and educational practices.
Francisco Martínez is an anthropologist dealing with contemporary issues of material culture through ethnographic experiments. In 2018, he was awarded with the Early Career Prize of the European Association of Social Anthropologists.