The “Difficult Heritage Summer School: Internal colonization and the countryside,” a collaborative project between DAAS – Decolonizing Architecture Advanced Studies at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, the Critical Urbanisms program at the University of Basel, and the municipality and local community of Carlentini (Siracusa), Sicily, takes place between September 3-10 at Borgo Rizza. This Borgo is one of the rural centers built by the Agency for the Colonization of the Sicilian Latifundia ECLS in 1939-1940.
As a space for critical knowledge and pedagogy, the Summer School is not a conference but a week-long event of “re-appropriation” of the spaces and symbols of colonialism and fascism. As an attempt to re-draw the contours of colonial architectural heritage and the narratives built around it, the School raises questions of access, critical re-use and entitlement over that painful and violent heritage.
Together with Alessandro Petti (Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm), Sandi Hilal (DAAR Decolonizing Architecture and Art Residency), and Emilio Distretti (University of Basel), co-organizers of the event, guest scholars are Marie-Louise Richards (Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm), Zeno Franchini ((Marginal Studio), Andrea Cassatella (Makerere Institute of Social Research), Egjia Inzule (Vilnius Academy of Arts), Ginevra Ludovici (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca), and MariaLuisa Palumbo (Cornell University) among others.