GSP 2014 Overview
4 Countries in 4 Weeks: June 14 – July 13, 2014
Berlin – Moscow – Ulan Bator – Beijing
The 2014 Columbia University Global Scholars Program Summer Research Workshop “Contemporary Cities of Eurasia: Berlin, Moscow, Ulan Bator, Beijing” offers students the opportunity to participate in a comparative learning, research-oriented program in Berlin, Moscow, Ulan Bator and Beijing.
The 2014 program is centered on the theme of “Socialist and Post-Socialist Cities of Eurasia.” Students will explore the histories, cultures, built environments and lived spaces of the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Mongolia and China through travel and site visits to major cities of the “Eastern Bloc.” Students travel from Berlin to Beijing, including a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Moscow to Beijing, under the guidance of Columbia faculty members Charles Armstrong and Catharine Nepomnyashchy. Students will investigate how the common problems of urban life in the twentieth century were addressed in the USSR and societies influenced by the Soviet model, and how the collapse of state socialism in the Soviet bloc and its transformation in China have shaped the development of cities there in the twenty-first century. Students will enroll in the spring 2014 Global Seminar “Socialist and Post-Socialist Cities of Eurasia” prior to departure. During the summer seminar, they will prepare a significant research paper, presenting their findings in the last week of the course.
The GSP 2014 is a joint collaboration of the Harriman Institute, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the Office of Global Programs, and the Columbia Global Center, East Asia.