11 September, 2017. Can Russia use its nuclear cultural heritage to come to terms with its Imperial and Soviet past? Egle Rindzeviciute presented her ongoing work at the STS Circle seminar in Harvard University, USA. The STS Circle at Harvard is a group of doctoral students and recent PhDs who are interested in creating a space for interdisciplinary conversations about contemporary issues in science and technology that are relevant to people in fields such as anthropology, history of science, sociology, STS, law, government, public policy, and the natural sciences. The seminar series seek to engage not only those who are working on intersections of science, politics, and public policy, but also those in the natural sciences, engineering, and architecture who have serious interest in exploring these areas together with social scientists and humanists.The Harvard STS Circle is co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
8-22 July, 2017 Egle Rindzeviciute was invited as a tutor at the art residency “Trauma & Revival: Contemporary Encounters” in Riga, Latvia. The art residency was co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union (2015-2018), Latvia 100, Latvian Culture Capital Foundation, BAFF, Embassy of the United States, and co-ordinated by kim? Contemporary Art Centre in cooperation with BOZAR. The residency proposed workshops, lectures, master-classes, discussions, encounters, debates, and open studio events gathering emerging artists and researchers from Eastern and Western Europe, including Russia. The travelling exhibition Facing the Future: Art in Europe 1945-1968 (curated by Peter Weibel and Eckhart Gillen) served as a point of departure.
In Riga, the residency workshops revisited the historical complexities, common memories and imagined futures that have been significant in the East – West dichotomy relationship, particularly in the infrastructure of the Baltic countries, which has been a frontier between Russia and Europe. Dr Rindzeviciute curated a week-long programme which included lectures on nuclear heritage and nuclear legacy in public health in the Baltic states, and visits to the Latvian Radiation Safety Centre and the Latvian University Museum of Informatics.
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