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Jerzy (Jurek) Elżanowski

Assistant Professor

Degrees:M.Arch. Professional (McGill), D.Phil. / Ph.D. (Bauhaus Weimar / UBC)
Email:jerzy.elzanowski@carleton.ca
Office:DT 1203

Joint Appointments

School of Architecture and Urbanism
Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture

Faculty Affiliations

Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
Carleton Centre for Public History

Research Interests

I explore the relationships between architecture, violence and commemoration in Central and Eastern Europe as well as Canada. My current research projects focus on a) the history and historiography of urban war damage, including excavations and exhibitions of war-damaged objects as well as archival bomb damage and destruction surveys and maps; b) recent commemorative strategies in the Ottawa National Capital Region, particularly the Holocaust and Communism memorials; c) multi-vocal consultation methodologies for engaging communities in design for public installations. I continue to experiment with joint architectural and humanities pedagogies, both in my teaching and through collaborative projects in the fields of heritage conservation pedagogy and curatorial studies.  I am part of a team of scholars working on an exhibition that explores Canada’s responsibilities to water. I have also recently completed a term abroad as a visiting fellow at the Technical University Berlin.

My general research interests include:

  • Politics of urban commemoration, particularly commemorative strategies in relation to histories of genocide and the Holocaust
  • Curatorial practices at museums of war and conflict
  • Artificial ruins / ruin aesthetics / ruin photography
  • Concepts of authenticity and value in heritage studies as they relate to postwar reconstruction

Selected Publications

Upcoming Courses (Fall 2019 – Winter 2020)

  • CDNS 5401, Fall 2019: Heritage Conservation I: History, Principles, and Concepts (Theme: The ‘Heritage’ of Heritage Concepts)
  • CDNS, 4400, Fall 2019: Cultural Landscapes and Cultural Identities in Canada (Theme: TBA, please contact me for more information)
  • CDNS 1002, Winter 2020: Themes in the Study of Canada (Monuments, Museums, and Memory Activism)
  • CDNS 3901, Winter 2020: Special topics course (Theme: TBA, please contact me for more information)

Courses Taught (Fall 2014 – Winter 2019)

Fall 2018 – Winter 2019

Recent Course Abroad: Heritage and Memory in Canada and Central Europe

Fall 2017 – Winter 2018

  • CDNS 5401, Fall 2017: Heritage Conservation I: History, Principles, and Concepts (Theme: The ‘Heritage’ of Heritage Concepts)
  • CLMD 6106, Fall 2017: Historical Representation and Historical Memory (Theme: Landscape, Bodies, and Cultural Memory Practice)
  • CDNS 1002, Winter 2018: Themes in the Study of Canada (Theme: Self-Knowledge and Collective Memory)
  • CDNS 4400, Winter 2018: Cultural Landscapes and Cultural Identities in Canada (Theme: Wandering the Landscape)

Fall 2016

Fall 2015 – Winter 2016

  • CDNS 5401, Fall 2015: Heritage Conservation I: History, Principles, and Concepts
  • CDNS 1002, Fall 2015: Themes in the Study of Canada (Theme: Contextualizing Urban Praxis in Canada and Abroad)
  • CDNS 3600, Winter 2016: Cultural Politics and Identities in Canada (Theme: Constructing Suburban Identities)
  • CDNS 4000, Winter 2016: Capstone Seminar in Advanced Research in Canadian Studies (Theme: Writing in Section; collaboration with ARCS 4106)

Fall 2014 – Winter 2015

  • CDNS 5401, Fall 2014: Heritage Conservation I: History, Principles, and Concepts
  • CDNS 4901, Winter 2015: Special Topics: “What’s the matter with suburbia?”
  • CDNS 4400, Winter 2015: Cultural Landscapes and Cultural Identity in Canada (Theme: Landscape in Section

Graduate Supervisions

I supervise MA, MArch and PhD students in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, and the School of Architecture and Urbanism.  Current and past supervisions include:

In-progress (primary supervisor or co-supervisor)

  • William Felepchuk, “Unearthing Racial Necrogeographies in Settler Colonies: The Life and Death of Burial Places in Ontario and Virginia,” School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies (PhD co-supervisor with Daniel McNeil).
  • Jenan Ghazal, “Constructing Destruction: Architecture and the Question of Violence,” Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism (PhD co-supervisor with Stephen Fai).
  • Hilary Grant, “Tracing Heritage: Reassembling Canadian Heritage Theory and Practice,” Cultural Mediations, Institute for Comparative Studies of Literature, Art and Culture (PhD supervisor).
  • Emily Putnam, Cultural Mediations, Institute for the Comparative Studies of Literature, Art and Culture (PhD co-supervisor with Ming Tiampo).

In-progress (supervisory committee)

  • Trina Cooper-Bolam, “From the Outside In: A Study in Critical Museological Remediation,” Cultural Mediations, Institute for the Comparative Studies of Literature, Art and Culture (PhD supervisory committee member with Ruth Phillips and Peter Hodgins).
  • Kristen Gagnon, “Popular Architecture Criticism: Analytical and Ethical Questions for a Criticism in Crisis,” Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism (PhD supervisory committee member with Stephen Fai and Peter Hodgins).

Completed

  • Casey Gray, “Graves and Ghosts: Re-emerging Cemetery Landscapes, Bodies, and Stories of the Rideau Canal,” MA in Canadian Studies, 2018.
  • Jenan Ghazal, “Architecture and Violence: Between Representation and Exchange,” MArch, School of Architecture, 2016.