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The Landscapes of Repair symposium is a two-day online event that will bring together international researchers, artists and local civil actors to explore post-conflict place-making in Kosovo. Together, we will explore the reclaiming, reoccupation and reformation of regional sites that have been shaped by difficult, violent or traumatic histories, and the importance of artistic as well as community interventions within such sites. The two-day symposium will be simultaneously translated in Albanian, English and Serbian.
To register for the event, please fill in the Google registration form here: https://forms.gle/4nt27LPn5wx7Vwe46
Once you have registered, the event organiser will send you a Zoom link to the online events and a full symposium programme. Once the event reaches capacity, we will be operating a waiting list. If you are no longer able to attend the event, please let us know by emailing ahke@sheffield.ac.uk so that we can offer your place to someone else.

Schedule

Day 1 Day 2
09:30 (CEST)

Panel 1: Landscapes of Repair: Collaborative Approaches to the Creation of Space in Post-Traumatic Landscapes in Kosovo

Speakers:

Facilitation: Alexander Vojvoda (forumZFD Kosovo)

 

Keynote: Nehari Sharri (Country Director forumZFD Kosovo)

 

Key Note: Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson (Faculty Director of Knowledge Exchange and Impact, Arts & Humanities, University of Sheffield) & Zelda Hannay (University of Sheffield)

 

Respond: Bekim Ramku (Director KAF – Kosovo Architecture Festival)

10:45 (CEST)

Panel 2: Landscapes of Repair: Contemporary Memorialisation Practices between Public and Private Spaces

Speakers:

Facilitation: Korab Krasniqi (forumZFD Kosovo)

 

Speakers

 

Dr. Emily-Rose Baker (University of Sheffield)

 

Dr. Linda Gusia (University of Prishtina) 

 

Fjollë Caka (South East European University) 

 

Dr. Eli Krasniqi (University of Graz) 

 

Dr Carmen Levick (University of Sheffield)

14:00 (CEST)

Guided tour through the “Landscapes of Repair” exhibition

Speakers:

Guided tour through the “Landscapes of Repair” exhibition with Vildane Maliqi, Lulzim Hoti, Argjire Krasniqi, Brixhita Deda, Dardan Zhegrova, Korab Krasniqi

16:00 (CEST)

Panel 3: Cinema in Kosovo as Landscapes of Repair

Speakers:

Facilitation: Zelda Hannay (University of Sheffield)

 

Speakers

 

Sue Vice (University of Sheffield)

 

Alush Gashi (Kino Armata Prishtina)

 

Tevfik Rada (Kino Lumbardhi Prizren)

9.30 (CEST)

Panel 4: Landscapes of Repair: Disruptive landscapes and war trauma within bodies, lands, rivers and film

Speakers:

Facilitation: Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson (University of Sheffield)

 

Keynote:  Dr Armina Pilav (Un-war Space Lab/University of Sheffield)

 

Respond: Ognjen Glavonic (film director, screenwriter, producer)

10.45 (CEST)

Parallel Session 1: Practices of Repair: Re-capturing Space: Community initatives on Posttraumatic Landscapes

Speakers:

Facilitator: SKREQ

 

Speakers

 

Aliriza Arënliu

 

Adrian Berisha

 

Nikki Murseli

 

Dren Puka

10.45 (CEST)

Parallel Session 2: In Search for Landscapes of Repair: Practices of Repair in Urban Spaces

Speakers

Facilitator: Ajete Kërqeli (SHTATËMBËDHJETË/Fondation 17)

 

Speakers

 

Vullnet Sanaja (Anibari/Peje)

 

Fitore Isufi-Koja (Prishtina, Flirting with leftovers)

 

Termokiss (Prishtina)

14.00 (CEST)

Guided tour through the “Landscapes of Repair” exhibition

Speakers:

Guided tour through the “Landscapes of Repair” exhibition with Vildane Maliqi, Lulzim Hoti, Argjire Krasniqi, Brixhita Deda, Dardan Zhegrova, Korab Krasniqi

16:00 (CEST)

Closing Round Table “Landscapes of Repair”

Speakers:

Facilitator: Dr Emily-Rose Baker (University of Sheffield)

 

Speakers

 

Nehari Sharri (forumZFD Kosovo)

 

Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson (University of Sheffield)

 

Argjire Krasniqi

 

Donjetë Murati (Klubi M)

 

Speakers

Day 1 Day 2
Nehari Sharri

Nehari Sharri is born in 1976 in Prizren. His experience with international civil society organizations has started immediately after the conflict in Kosovo, initially working with CARE International than continuing with International Rescue Committee, Pax Christi Flanders and since 2002 he is with Forum ZFD where is heading the office in Kosovo. He graduated with merit in MBA by The University of Sheffield. During the twentyone year period, he successfully completed a number of trainings and qualifications, inland and abroad, such as: Strategic Management and Leadership (UK), Academy for Conflict Transformation (Germany), Reflecting on Peace Practices (Kosovo, USA, Switzerland), Applied Conflict Transformation Studies (Serbia). Nehari Sharri lives in Prishtina, with his wife and two kids, and speaks four languages (Albanian, English, Turkish and Serbian)

Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson

Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies at the University of Sheffield, UK. As Faculty Director of Knowledge Exchange and Impact (Arts and Humanities), she is the lead for collaborative partnerships with non-academic organisations, including museums and galleries. Amanda is an independent curator whose most recent exhibition – Invisible Wounds – was shown at the Graves Gallery in Sheffield in 2020. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on space and landscape in philosophy, literature and contemporary art from France and North Africa. With Emily-Rose Baker, she is the co-editor of Invisible Wounds: Negotiating Post-Traumatic Landscapes (2020) and is currently completing a monograph on photography, landscape and the longue durée of trauma.

Zelda Hannay

Researcher, dramaturg and performance-maker based in Sheffield. Her AHRC-funded practice-based PhD in theatre drew on a central theme of brokenness and repair to explore dramaturgical praxis and writing for performance. As well as working as Senior Project Manager in Arts and Humanities Knowledge Exchange, she publishes academically and makes creative work. Themes she is currently grappling with in that regard include science fiction, space travel, space junk, predictions/forecasts, talking cats and surveillance capitalism. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Bekim Ramku

Bekim Ramku is the founding principle of OUD+Architects.  He holds a Diploma in Architectural Engineering from the University of Prishtina (2007), an MA in Housing and Urbanism from the AA School of Architecture in London (2010), and was a Research Fellow at the Department of Urban & Spatial Planning, SA+P – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2017).  Ramku initiated and served as commissioner of the Kosovo National Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012 and 2014, and is the curator of the “Prishtina Public Archipelago” study & installation presented at the main architecture exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2021.  He also serves as a curator and external critic to various educational institutions in the region and Europe. He is the Balkans Coordinator for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, heads the Kosovo Office for Urban Regeneration, is the founder and Chair of the DoCoMoMo_Kosovo Chapter, and served as an STC to GSURR at the World Bank in Washington DC.   Ramku is also one of the founding members of the biggest pan-European design & architecture network “Future Architecture Platform” and serves as an expert of the Mies Van Der Rohe Award for European Architecture and the NACTO’s Global Designing Cities Initiative. For his contribution to the practice of architecture in 2020 he received the BigSEE Architecture Visionary Award.

Alush Gashi

Director of Kino ARMATA, a public space in Prishtina/Kosovo promoting alternative culture and social dialogue. Founder of NO RECESS, a music-driven art platform, and INIT Communications Agency and Film Production Company. With academic experience in economics, journalism and computer science, as well as years of involvement in managing media-related projects. Director and producer of four documentary films and an occasional contributor in local and international press, on social and cultural topics. A passionate pool player and vinyl collector.

Dr. Carmen Levick

Dr. Carmen Levick is a lecturer in theatre at the University of Sheffield (UK). Her research interests are in trauma studies, memory and performance studies, analysing post-communist processes of memorialisation.

Fjollë Caka

Fjollë Caka is an architect, sociologist and urban planner, currently working towards building sustainable, resilient, just and inclusive cities and communities in Kosovo. With a multidisciplinary background and experience across a variety of fields, including conservation of cultural heritage, assessment of public spaces and memorial sites/places of remembrance, promotion of cultural tourism, and support to local urban development, Fjollë is interested in understanding the manifestation of different layers of civilization into space, and at the same time the impact of the built environment on social development and overall wellbeing.

Tevfik Rada

Tevfik Rada is a sociologist based in Prizren. He works in Lumbardhi as a film programmer and conducts research projects. He has done his master thesis on the Encounters Between Railways and Cinema in Early Twentieth Century: From Agit-trains to Cine-trains, where he analysed the specificity of the Russian and the Italian avant-garde art/cinema in relation with the social and technological changes. Under Lumbardhi Foundation, he is conducting a long-term inquiry into the configurations of cinema in Kosovo and on formation of the Turkish nationalism in Yugoslavia. Besides, together with Sezgin Boynik, he is analysing the formation of Turkish nationalism in Socialist Yugoslavia.

Dr Sue Vice

Sue Vice is Professor of English Literature at the University of Sheffield, UK, where she teaches contemporary literature, film and Holocaust studies. Her publications include Holocaust Fiction (2000), Children Writing the Holocaust (2004), the BFI Modern Film Classics volume on Shoah (2011), Textual Deceptions: Literary Hoaxes and False Memoirs in the Contemporary Era (2014) and, with David Forrest, Barry Hines: ‘Kes’, ‘Threads’ and Beyond (2017). Her latest book is Claude Lanzmann’s ‘Shoah’ Outtakes: Holocaust Rescue and Resistance (2021).

Korab Krasniqi

Korab Krasniqi is project Manager at forumZFD Kosovo and project lead of “Landscapes of Repair”

Dr Emily-Rose Baker

Dr Emily-Rose Baker is a Research Associate on the collaborative Landscapes of Repair project between the University of Sheffield and the international NGO forumZFD. She was recently awarded her PhD in English Literature from the University of Sheffield, where she researched memorial cultures of the Holocaust in East Central Europe after 1989.

Dr Linda Gusia

Linda Gusia is a sociologist and feminist scholar, head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Prishtina. Her research has focused on topics of gender, feminism, activism, space, memory and violence. She co-founded the University Program for Gender Studies and Research, UP. She is currently researching and working in: The Making of the Museum of Education: Memory, violence and resistance as seen by artists, youth and institutions, she is also a Co I in of ReSpace Reanimating Contested Spaces (ReSpace): Designing Participatory Civic Education for and with Young People in Kosovo and Rwanda is a Phase 2 Large Grant project that investigates how concepts of space, through arts-based participatory methods can engage the ‘post-memory’ generation in Rwanda and Kosovo to reimagine specific sites.

Dr Eli Krasniqi

Eli Krasniqi is anthropologist, feminist activist and writer. Her academic research and interests include family studies (her PhD dissertation title ‘Family and Patriarchy in Kosovo: changes and continuities from mid 20th to beginning of 21st century), memory studies, social history. Krasniqi’s current research examines the Black presence in the Balkans, focusing specifically in family genealogies and memories, and household servants and nannies. From 2018, she teaches/researches at the Southeast Europe History and Anthropology, Institute of History,University of Graz, Austria.

Alexander Vojvoda

Alexander Vojvoda is community media activist and sociologist. Currently he is working with forumZFD Kosovo and is project lead of the “Landscapes of Repair” project.

Armina Pilav

Armina Pilav is a feminist, architect, researcher and lecturer at the Department of Landscape Architecture, The University of Sheffield. Her research, practice and teaching intersects and focuses on politics of re-presentation and re-production of physical, mediated space, bodily experiences in extreme conditions of war destruction or other disaster conditions. Armina uses cross-media tools, psychospatiality and radical observations to expose ecologies of transformations of rivers, lands and related natural forms, architectures and society. She publishes in magazines and academic journals, exhibits regularly, and her recent research on destruction of Sarajevo, Mostar and inhabitant’s transformation of violence has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale of Architecture (2018), as part of the Architecture of Shame project in Matera in July 2019. At the moment she is developing a research and curatorial program ‘toxic lands’ on human destruction of lands, rivers and other then human species. Armina is founder of Un-War Space Lab, member of the Association for Culture and Art Crvena in Sarajevo and Community Earth for Us in Brač Island where she is based currently.

Ognjen Glavonić

Ognjen Glavonić (1985, Yugoslavia) graduated Film and TV directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade. His documentary “Živan Makes a Punk Festival” was screened at IFF Rotterdam, Cinéma du Réel, IndieLisboa, CPH:DOX, among others. After premiering at Berlinale Forum in 2016, Ognjen’s documentary “Depth Two” has been screened at more than 80 festivals, winning 20 awards, including Main Awards at the Festival dei Popoli (Italy), Message to Men (Russia), Open City Documentary Festival (UK), Dokufest (Kosovo), ZagrebDox (Croatia), Kasseler DokFest (Germany) and others. Ognjen’s first fiction feature film, “The Load”, premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2018, at the Director’s Fortnight section. The film has been shown at more than 100 international festivals (Toronto, Rotterdam, BFI London, Vienalle, New Directors/New Films, Moscow…), winning 28 awards (Marrakech, Haifa, Belgrade, Zagreb, Malatya, Pingyao, Sakhalin, Cottbus, Kosice, Minsk, Kiev, Trieste…). Ognjen is the director and co-founder of the Pančevo Film Festival (Serbia).

Termokiss

Termokiss is a community-run center in Prishtina with the mission of urban and civil exchange, reflection and changemaking. After revitalizing an abandoned and forgotten building, “Termokiss” social center is open to a range of activities, which can be linked only by being non-for-profit and educative. Activities and organizing processes are managed by the community. The offered activities are determined by both the needs of the community and the skills which the volunteers have to offer. The space works to promote the ideas of mutual aid and cooperation. Providing a welcoming space for everyone, including those whose voices and contributions are not always heard or appreciated, is a top priority for us.

Adrian Berisha

Adrian Berisha is an ex-football player, cancer survivor and experienced disk jockey with a demonstrated history of working in the music industry. He has experience organizing cultural activities such as Sunny Hill Festival and Prishtina Jazz Week, has worked in marketing and gastronomy management, as well as volunteered in many community projects. As Director of Culture, his main priority has been to establish a link between citizens, organizations, businesses and the Municipality of Prishtina.

Aliriza Arënliu

Aliriza Arënliu is an associate professor at the Department of Psychology of the University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina”. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in counseling psychology at Boğaziçi University, in Istanbul, Turkey. He completed his doctoral studies in psychology at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany and was a postdoc fellow at the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Illinois, Chicago, USA. He is one of the founders of the Psychology Department at the University of Prishtina and is also one of the founders of the short and documentary film festival Dokufest in Prizren, where he was an executive director for 6 years.

Dren Puka

Dren Puka is the Research and Advocacy Director at Kosovar Civil Society Foundation (KCSF). He has over 10 years of experience in designing empirical and theoretical frameworks of analysis, developing and conducting research projects that aim to produce evidence to shape public policies through greater civic participation. In working with numerous organizations and participating in key policy initiatives related to civil society development, Dren’s work is particularly focused on producing an environment that seeks to accentuate diverse and marginal voices to shape a reflexive and inclusive public sphere. As a civil society representative, he has advocated and participated in the drafting of the Law on freedom of association, and other policy documents related to public funding for CSOs and participation of civil society in policy-making processes. He completed his graduate studies in Educational Policy and Leadership at the University of Rochester.

Nikki Murseli

Nikki Murseli holds a master and bachelor degree in Architecture from La Sapienza University in Rome. She is a multidisciplinary designer in the fields of architecture, landscape, interior, design and product design. In the field of civic activism and community volunteering she has co-founded Termokiss social center in Prishtina. She also assisted Design Methods and lectured Accessory Design at the UBT in Prishtina. In 2016 she co-founded DYVÓLAB, a Prishtina based multidisciplinary design platform for education and system design in Circular Economy.

Ajete Kërqeli

Ajete Kërqeli is co-founder and development manager at Foundation Shtatëmbëdhjetë. Her academic background is MSc in Psychology and Counselling. She has experience in research, LGBTI and gender issues, civic activism, volunteerism, youth empowerment as well as fundraising and program management. She has run and participated in research projects resulting with reports, manuals and other publications focusing on gender equality and human rights issues.

Vullnet Sanaja

Vullnet Sanaja is a cultural activist and co-founder of a number of organizations and initiatives. Amongst them Anibar, Network of Cultural Organizations of Peja, Animation Academy in Peja and Prishtina, Peja Jazz and Into the Park Festival. Mr.Sanaja has been working in several NGOs that are involved in civic engagement, environmental education and sustainable development through arts such as ERA, Forumi Kulturor and CYCC. Since 2010, he has been the executive director of Anibar based in Peja, Kosovo. Anibar is an organization that commits itself in breaking civic apathy through cultural activism. It is also the organizer of the only animation film festival in the country as well as manages the only movie theater in the city of Peja and through the organization delivers education programs in Prishtina and Peja. Apart from his civic engagement Mr. Sanaja has studied Computer Science and Engineering and has worked as a software developer in Swiss IT Factory in Prishtina for two years. For a year and a half he also served as a board member of the Cultural Forum of Kosovo – the network of cultural organizations in Kosovo. He currently serves as an ambassador in European Animation Awards and is producing an animated documentary called The Red Line.

Fitore Isufi-Koja

Koja’s work is conceptually based and it includes painting, drawing, video, installation, text installation and public interventions. The issues that stimulate her creation – as a reflection of the social, historical, cultural and political climate where she works – are inspirational stories and various interpretations, political maneuvers and cultural speculation, gender inequality and aleatory gestures, the limits of freedom and forms of censorship. Koja’s work has been proved in different projects, exhibitions and individual presentations, both locally and internationally. Her work is part of the Ludwig Museum, Budapest (Hungary) collection. Her work is part of private collections in Kosovo and abroad. Recently she published a book Flirting with leftovers. She is a lecturer in UBT, Prishtina. She lives and works in Prishtina.

Klubi M/PART

SKREQ is the NGO behind Klubi M and PART is the informal group of workers in art that we are collaborating with

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