Viadrinicum 2018
Transsectoral PeaceLab
Hybrid Solutions to Hybrid Conflicts?
Academia, Civil Society and the Arts
From August 20th until September 2nd, artists, journalists, students and activists came to the twin cities of Frankfurt Oder and Slubice.
Welcome aboard.

The official blurb: Viadrinicum is an annual summer school devoted to the countries of the Eastern Partnership region with a special focus on Ukraine. In 2018 it took place in the form of a Transsectoral PeaceLab, aiming to tackle the issues of peace and (military) conflicts from multiple theoretical and methodological perspectives. With a strong emphasis on participatory formats, the school allowed us to deepen our knowledge about conflict prevention, conflict transformation and peace mediation and enhance our practical and methodological skills in the framework of several project-oriented workshops. Students, PhD candidates, young NGO activists and artists (up to 35 years of age) from all fields were invited to apply. So we came.

Sounds quite nice, on paper, yes? We thought so too -- and we wanted to share what we learned. We've gone and collected all the good stuff and crammed this site with content from presenters and participants. Our goal: create a one-stop hub for all the resources PeaceLab 2018 has to offer. And we've got a lot.
Participants are encouraged to take ownership of the learning process through seminars, workshops and labs.
How we roll:
We attend seminars given by experts in various fields: history, memory, narrative, political science, gender and conflict, all with a focus on the post-Soviet world. Hands-on workshops in conflict transformation, project management and narrative work round out our two weeks.

We divide up into three different labs according to our backgrounds: DocLab, MediaLab and ArtLab. We're free to work on individual projects or collaborate across disciplines.
A landing pad for the projects we created during these two weeks. From video to articles to documentary theatre, it's all here.

Enjoy with hot pierogies.
Knowledge is about more than just the facts. Scattered through the site are little 'interludes', spaces for reflection on what's happening, how it's affecting us and what it means for the contexts we live in.

Non-required reading. A little spice in the mix.
Frozen conflicts in the post-Soviet sphere? Rethinking public science? Cycles of narratives that lead to war? We've been losing sleep for two whole weeks taking in twenty six lectures from experts in the field.

Come suffer with us.
Who are we?
Students, visual artists, mediators, filmmakers, journalists, teachers, playwrights, researchers, dialogue practitioners. Late-night smokers. Lovers of naps and when it doesn't rain.

All together, we hail from Ukraine, Armenia, Poland, Canada, Azerbaijan, Germany, Turkey, Russia, South Korea, Georgia, Russia, Italy, Belarus and the USA.
A glimpse into the chaos that are the documentary, media and art labs. Collaboration, conflict and all the tools you need.
Read on
A collection of the work we produced in the labs. Video, longreads, performance, it's all here.
Read on
About this site:
One of the big questions we've been asking ourselves over these two weeks is how to escape the academic box. How we can break knowledge out of the ivory tower and make it accessible to anyone who wants it. That's what this site's about.

These posts are written by people. They won't be objective. They won't be perfect. But, hopefully, they will present the research
(and associated tensions) in a way that reminds us these conversations are very much alive. You don't have to read everything. Click on the stuff that interests you or go through the whole thing from A to Z (bless your heart).

Or stay for the cats and move on.
site / posts: Josh Nadeau
nadeaujoshua [at] hotmail [dot] com