Short Bio: In his research, Jerzy Elżanowski explores the relationships between architecture, violence and commemoration. He investigates cartographic and photographic representations of ruins in war-damaged cities, with a particular focus on imaginations of the human body. Jerzy has worked in architectural and heritage conservation practice in Canada, Germany and Poland. He has taught courses in Weimar and Warsaw on the post-catastrophic city and on the materiality of urban violence. He holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from McGill University, and a joint PhD in Heritage Conservation, Architectural History, and Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia and the Bauhaus University Weimar.
Research: “Monuments and Material Dislocation: The Politics of Commemoration in Warsaw,” in Public Space and the Challenges of Urban Transformation in Europe, ed. Ali Madanipour, Sabine Knierbein and Agalee Degros (London: Routledge, 2014); “Detroit” in Architecture & Situation, Volume 4, Summer 2014 (Edinburgh: Ampersand Publishing, The University of Edinburgh), 30-33; “Ruins, Rubble and Human Remains: Negotiating Culture and Violence in Post-Catastrophic Warsaw,” Public Art Dialogue 2:2 (2012), 114–146; “Cidade e memória: vistas de Varsóvia a partir do Palácio de Cultura e Ciência [City and Memory: Views of Warsaw from the Palace of Culture and Science],” Arquitetura e Urbanismo 27: 221 (2012), 72-75; “Geographies of the Unbuilt: Mapping Destruction in Warsaw,” Conference Proceedings, Theoretical Currents II: Architecture & Its Geographic Horizons, Lincoln, UK, April 5-6, 2011; “Manufacturing Ruins: Architecture and Representation in Post-Catastrophic Warsaw,” The Journal of Architecture 15:1 (2010), 67-82.