Earlier this year, PERFORM supported Urban Anthropology Lab to organise a three-day workshop in different locations of Tirana, where researchers from the Lab and a core group of selected students had an opportunity to engage with urban issues in the field. The purpose of these workshops was to engage with the concept of cities methodologies in practice in order for the researchers and the students to have a better understanding of such an approach.
On October 31, project participants presented results of their field research at the premises of Cultural Anthropology and Art Studies Institute (IAKSA).
The presentations of an interdisciplinary group of experts included topics such as:
-Undesired Buildings of Tirana, the conflict of public and private space in Tirana, Informal areas of Durres City, Gender perspectives of Kukes city and economy, Public reaction towards provocative art in Tirana and Durres, as well as the concept and typology of urban parks in Kukes.
Urban Anthropology Lab (LAU) and IAKSA have been working for months on the establishment of a platform for dialogue between anthropological knowledge and the Albanian society to articulate and reflect on the contemporary “pathologies” of urban life. IAKSA is expected to launch an official website, supported by PERFORM, aiming at creating an online medium for Albanian anthropology exchanges.