Netherlands, Medellín, Colombia

Traumatized Cities

when 19 June 2017 - 24 June 2017
language English
duration 1 week
credits 5 ECTS

Are you interested in cities and urban life? Are you fascinated by highly complex cities such as Medellín (Colombia) or Santiago de Chile (Chile) and in the way such cities shape our social and cultural imaginations? Are you wondering how cities have been able to cope with war, disaster, violence and conflict? Then this summer school is the perfect occasion for you to engage with these and other questions.

Course leader

Dr. Marijke Martin
Dr. Stefan Couperus

Target group

This summer school is intended for BA/MA students in the field(s) of history, history of architecture and urbanism, cultural geography, literary studies, public health and sociology with an interest in (post-traumatized) urban conditions, urban policies and the reflection on c.q. representation of those from adjacent disciplinary perspectives

Course aim

Situated in one of the world’s most resilient and haunted cities (Medellín, Colombia), this summer school explores the nature of the urban condition before, during and, especially, after traumas. Drawing from a wide variety of disciplines, such as architecture and town planning history, cultural geography, literary studies, history and sociology we will engage with pressing issues concerning resilience, sustainability, identity and community in the modern city. Experts from Dutch and Colombian universities will reflect upon topics such as dark tourism, public health, community building, the urban imaginary, urban policies and planning, presenting cases from different regions including (but not limited to) the Netherlands and Colombia.
Medellín does not only serve as a host city during our five-day school; it too provides participants with an urban laboratory in which the daily processing of more than 40 years of violence can be witnessed and analyzed. Daily excursions will bring us to the most exciting places in and outside Medellín where both citizens and experts are coming to terms with the haunted past, the stubborn present and the hopeful future. There will be ample opportunity to engage with the academic participants and to explore the city in your free time.

Credits info

Prepatory work
• Recommended readings (to be distributed via email)

Contact hours (=38 hrs)
•14 hrs of lecture-seminar meetings
•14 hrs of excursion
•5 hrs to work on assignments
•5 hrs of discussion intermezzos during lunch break

• Participants will work on a portfolio that involves:• A written, critical reflection on the daily themes and their interconnections, supported by visual material (e.g. brochures, press clippings, your own photographs, videos) from the lectures, excursions and/or personal city explorations
• A self-chosen case study of a traumatized city with which you engage along the lines of one of the daily themes, including a sound analysis of a particular problem and a normative engagement with possible solutions

• Portfolios may be individual or group (max 3 students) products and have no particular size limit
• Participants are allowed to submit their portfolios as (a combination of): a website consisting of blogs/vlogs/social media (e.g. Wordpress, Weebly, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.); a MS Word or PDF document
• Assignments need to be submitted before 1 July 2017

Fee info

EUR 0: Total costs (including flight and accommodation) will amount to € 1250