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ENTANGLED MILIEUS:

Co-Constituting a Shared Futurity


October 22 - 30, 2022 in Cyprus


Field Investigation for entangled milieus: Along the Karkotis River

The “Entangled Milieus: co-constituting a shared futurity” conference starts with a field investigation along the Karkotis River, Cyprus.



Area Of Investigation - Solea Valley, courtesy of Socrates Stratis.


About the area of investigation

Karkotis river, or Klarios river, runs along the north slope of Troodos mountain to Morphou bay. Part of the river is located on the north part of Cyprus, controlled by Turkey since the 1974 invasion that followed a coup d’état instigated by Greece. The river is 24.75 km long and crosses the United Nations, Cease-Fire Zone. Karkotis river is rather precious and an object of contention. It is the only river on the island that contains water all year round. A complex system of water canalization spreads across the Solea Valley, supporting agricultural activities and the villages located at the edge of the valley. Skouriotissa is the name of the mine that is located further south by the river. The copper extraction dates back to ancient times. The mine still operates. The city of Lefke lies in the north part of the divide. It was a regional administration centre during the British colonial era. University education is Lefke’s actual main income. During the first half of the 20th century, due to the intense mining business, there were a lot of labour struggles with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot workers joining forces.


Cyprus Map, courtesy Hands on Famagusta, AA&U


Area Of Investigation, courtesy Google Earth- LUCY


The aims of the field investigation

  • To put on the foreground forms of entanglement through the perspectives of extraction concerning the Skouriotissa mine, food in respect to the river valley and land consumption in terms of real estate and non-agriculture activities.

  • To understand the complexity of such forms of entanglement complexified by frozen Cyprus conflict and the island's division. To study the consequences of the UN cease-fire zone that divides the Karkotis' river valley.

  • To make visible intertwinings and dependencies between humans and other-than humans.

  • To discuss shared futurities in a reunified island.


Area Of Investigation - Skouriotissa, courtesy of Socrates Stratis.


The organization of the field investigation

The field investigation is six days long. It will take place between Saturday, October 22nd, and Thursday, October 27th. On Saturday, October 22 we will gather in Nicosia, at the Department of Architecture, University of Cyprus where we will have a lecture by Raviv Ganchrow and get to know each other. Cooking and eating together will be part of learning about each other. From Sunday, October 23, until Wednesday, October 26, the participants will have the opportunity to visit the area under study and reside in hotels in nearby villages (Kakopetria, Evrychou, Galata). A bus will be available to take the participants along the Karkotis river to Morphou bay and Lefke. Part of the itinerary will be done on foot! At the end of each day, we will be summoned to a beautiful place closed to Katydata, where we will have seminars with colleagues who will share with us their knowledge and experiences of issues at stake. On Monday, October 24, we will have a lecture by Armin Linke. We return to Nicosia on Thursday, October 27, where we wrap up the produced work to present it at the conference the following days. Friday, October 28, the participants continue to work on their presentations. On Saturday, October 29, the conference will take place with the presentation of papers and reports.

Sunday, October 30 - traveling back to your home countries.


Program


22 October 2022

14:00 - 16:00 | Arrival of participants to Nicosia

16:00 - 17:00 | Registration of workshop participants, Department of Architecture, University of Cyprus, Nicosia

17:00 - 18:30 | Keynote lecture by Raviv Ganchrow

19:00 - 21:00 | Conference dinner


23 October 2022

11:00 - 13:00 | Transfer to the field work location, Atsas Educational Centre, Skouriotissa

13:00 - 14:00 | Lunch (arranged individually)

14:00 - 18:00 | First exploration of the area

18:00 - 19:00 | Reporting insights of the day

19:00 - 21:00 | Dinner on the site - Armina's kitchen


24 October 2022

10:00 - 13:00 | Atsas Educational Centre, Skouriotissa. Field work investigations + two presentations by local actors

13:00 - 14:00 | Lunch (arranged individually)

14:00 - 17:00 | Individual work and roundtable discussions among the participants

17:00 - 18:30 | Keynote lecture by Armin Linke

19:00 - 21:00 | Dinner on the site - Armina's kitchen


25 October 2022

10:00 - 13:00 | Travel to Lefke Area. Two presentations by local actors followed by field investigation.

13:00 - 14:00 | Lunch (offered by the Lefke Environmental Society)

14:00 - 18:00 | Field work of the greater Lefka Area

18:00 - 19:00 | Reporting insights of the day

19:00 - 21:00 | Dinner on the site - Armina's kitchen


26 October 2022

10:00 - 13:00 | Atsas Educational Centre, Skouriotissa. Two presentations by local actors + field investigation

13:00 - 14:00 | Lunch (arranged individually)

14:00 - 18:00 | Individual work and roundtable discussions among the participants

18:00 - 19:00 | Reporting insights of the day

19:00 - 21:00 | Dinner on the site - Armina's kitchen


27 October 2022

10:00 - 13:00 | Trip in the United Nations Cease Fire zone

13:00 - 14:00 | Lunch (arranged individually)

14:00 - 17:00 | Roundtable discussions among participants

17:00 - 19:00 | Late afternoon return to Nicosia from Atsas Education Centre

19:00 - 21:00 | Dinner (arranged individually)


28 October 2022

10:00 - 13:00 | Pre-conference preparation day. Department of Architecture, University of Cyprus, Nicosia

13:00 - 14:00 | Lunch (arranged individually)

14:00 - 18:00 | Preparation of the field reports in form of presentatios, videos, performances, exhibitions, etc

18:00 - 19:00 | Exhibition opening

19:00 - 21:00 | Dinner (arranged individually)


29 October 2022

09:00 - 09:30 | Registration of conference participants

09:30 - 11:00 | Keynote lecture by Meike Schalk

11:00 - 13:00 | Conference - morning sessions

13:00 - 14:00 | Lunch on site

14:00 - 17:00 | Conference - afternoon sessions

17:00 - 19:00 | Closing arguments and goodbyes

19:00 - 21:00 | Conference dinner


30 October 2022

00:00 - 23:59 | Good bye Cyprus!


Practical Information for the participants

The “Entangled Milieus: co-constituting a shared futurity” conference will operate on two sites, University of Cyprus, Nicosia (for the main event), and Karkotis River, Cyprus (for the field work).

University of Cyprus

Kallipoleos 75, Nicosia 1678, Cyprus (Google Map)


Location of the main event - University of Cyprus, Nicosia.


The exhibition will take place in the foyer, while conference presentations are scheduled in the big theater area:



Map of the main UCY building with conference spaces.


Days we will be spending on this location:

  • October 22-23 (conference registration and introduction, first key note lecture)

  • October 27-30 (field work wrap up, exhibition, main event, second keynote lecture)

Recommended hotels nearby:

Centrum Hotel (Google Map | Booking.com)

The Classic Hotel (Google Map | Booking.com)

Royiatiko Hotel (Google Map | Booking.com)

Altius Boutique Hotel (Google Map | Booking.com)

Karkotis River Area - Kakopetria

For more about the area of field work, go to this page.



Cultural center of Katydata next to Atsas, one of the venues for the field work.


Days we will be spending on this location:

  • October 23-27 (field work)

Recommended hotels nearby:

Linos Inn (Google Map | Booking.com)

Ekali Hotel (Google Map | Booking.com)

*The organizers will take care of the transportation between Nicosia and the fieldwork place at Atsas educational center, as well between the accommodation in Kakopetria and the investigation site.