Starting in September, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montréal is happy to welcome Ph.D candidate Pavel Kunysz as part of a three-month research stay!
Pavel Kunysz’s doctoral research deals with the challenging of site imaginaries by architects in the context of fallow redevelopment in Liège (Belgium) and Montréal. In this context, Pavel will carry out three months of historical and ethnographic research on the Montréal fallow of the Champ des possibles, with the aim of distinguishing the social imaginaries attached to it and their evolution from the opening of the Canadian Pacific rail yard to the present day. The second part of the research will focus on the more specific development operations that concern and have concerned the site and their relationship to the erasure, extension or replacement of the social imaginaries present. These activities will be an extension of the research programme Supporting the possibilities of urban commoning in Montréal’s Champ des Possibles co-led by Nik Luka (CIRM / McGill) and Amy Poteete (Concordia). This project is also part of a broader attempt to intersect French pragmatic sociology with the critical theories of Cornelius Castoriadis in the situated field of territorial planning.
For further information about his work, visit the website of the Faculty of Architecture at University of Liège.