Socialist Urbanism: Between Utopia and Pragmatics
- To acquaint students with the basic theoretical and conceptual approaches to the study of the phenomenon of a socialist city, Soviet urbanization projects and policy during the 20th century and its social, economic and cultural consequences
- To develop students' ability to analyze special historical literature and works of popular culture of the 20th century, to conduct a scientific discussion and publicly present the results of the study.
- To learn major theoretical and historiographical approaches toward the phenomenon of a socialist city and socialist urbanism.
- Introduction. Phenomenon of Socialist Urbanism. What makes a city “socialist”?
- Imperial towns in Revolution: symbolic and practical reconstructions in Petrograd/Leningrad
- Early Soviet social and planning experiments: garden-city movements, urbanists vs des-urbanists, “socialist towns”(sotsgoroda)
- Social and planning implications of Soviet industrialisation. Mono-industrial towns as company towns
- “Socialist” urban infrastructures and technologies as a part of political and cultural sphere
- Socialist environment in post-socialist time: path-dependency, nostalgia or new forms of urban life.
- Social stratification in a Stalinist city. Different norms and everyday life.
- Socialist Leningrad
- Commemoration of Victory and Post-War Reconstructions: Architecture as a mirror of a new political regime and the problems of everyday life
- Sovietisation of new territories before and after World War II
- “The Thaw” in Soviet Architecture: mass housing campaign and standardisation of socialist cities
- Private and public in new Soviet standardised apartments
- Phenomenon of closed and scientific cities
- Soviet sub-cultures: official and unofficial urban life
- “Showcase of socialism”: tourism in and from the USSR
- In-class participation
- Group presentation on the topic "The legacy of Socialist Leningrad in post-Soviet space"Students should divide into groups up to 3-4 people in each group and prepare a presentation (15-minutes long) on different issues of life in socialist Leningrad or on strategies of representation and incorporation of socialist heritage in contemporary Saint Petersburg.
- Final essay
- Interim assessment (2 module)0.4 * Final essay + 0.2 * Group presentation on the topic "The legacy of Socialist Leningrad in post-Soviet space" + 0.4 * In-class participation
- Barenberg, A. (2014). Gulag Town, Company Town : Forced Labor and Its Legacy in Vorkuta. New Haven: Yale University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=818471
- Rittersporn, G. T. (1996). Stephen Kotkin. Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as Civilization. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. 1995. Pp. xxv, 639. $55.00. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.18E2D6D6