Jerzy (Jurek) Elżanowski
|Degrees:||M.Arch. Professional (McGill), D.Phil. / Ph.D. (Bauhaus Weimar / UBC)|
|Phone:||613 520 2600 x 4036|
Joint Appointment: Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture
Faculty Affiliation: Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
I explore the relationships between architecture, violence and commemoration in Europe and 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 National Capital Region, particularly the proposed 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 architectural conservation pedagogy and curatorial studies. My general research interests include:
- Politics of urban commemoration
- Artificial ruins / ruin aesthetics / ruin photography
- Holocaust commemoration / Holocaust tourism
- Curatorial practices at museums of war and conflict
- Rebecca Dolgoy and Jerzy Elżanowski, “Working Through the Limits of Multidirectional Memory: Ottawa’s Memorial to the Victims of Communism and National Holocaust Monument,” Citizenship Studies 22:4 (2018), 433-451.
- Reprint: “Manufacturing Ruins: Architecture and Representation in Post-Catastrophic Warsaw,” The Journal of Architecture 23:5 (2018), 740-755.
- “Putting Roosevelt Back into Play: Reflections on the National Parks Now Competition,” in Alles Heritage, ed. Kirsten Angermann, Eva von Engelberg-Dočkal and Johannes Warda (Weimar: Bauhaus-Universität, 2016), 32-43.
- “Personal Effects: On Violence and Everyday Life in Warsaw’s Anthropogenic Stratum,” in Im Kontext, ed. Simone Bogner and Daniela Spiegel (Weimar: Bauhaus-Universität, 2016), 30-37.
- “Domesticating Violence: Notes from a Socio-Spatial Incursion into Warsaw’s Anthropogenic Stratum,” in Presence/ Absence/ Traces: Contemporary Artists on Jewish Warsaw, ed. Ewa Chomicka and Agnieszka Pindera (Warsaw: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, 2016), 164-181.
- “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 Agalée Degros (London: Routledge, 2014), 88-102.
- “Detroit” in Architecture & Situation, ed. Ella Chmielewska, Tahl Kaminer, and Dorrian Wiszniewski, vol. 4, (Edinburgh: The University of Edinburgh and Ampersand Publishing, 2014), 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.
- “Manufacturing Ruins: Architecture and Representation in Post-Catastrophic Warsaw,” The Journal of Architecture 15:1 (2010), 67-82.
Courses Taught (2014-2018)
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)
- CDNS 5401, Fall 2016: Heritage Conservation I: History, Principles, and Concepts
- EURR 5201/CLMD6103/ARCH5000, Fall 2016: Architecture and Memory in Europe
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)