Histories of Gdansk shipyard

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Roundtable panel

Cultural heritage of the Gdansk Shipyard: Diving into histories, imagining futures

While intangible cultural heritage is an important factor in maintaining cultural diversity in the face of growing globalization, there is still little appreciation of its value. UNESCO endorsed the importance of intangible cultural heritage not only as a cultural manifestation but also, and more importantly, as a wealth of knowledge and skills that are transmitted through generations.

The Gdansk shipyard is dealing with the consequences of the post-industrial demise of the shipbuilding industry, trying to find a transition into a new economy and community. The experts in diverse fields will address the questions of its future, examining both deep and more recent histories associated with the Gdansk shipyard’s rich cultural heritage.

The panel is organized in association with the interdisciplinary network for knowledge exchange that examines cultural heritage issues in the contexts of waterfront urban regeneration of Northern European cities:

Dr Waldemar Affelt, Prof Jacek Dominiczak, Prof Katarzyna Kosmala, Anna Miler, John Mullen,

Short biographies:

Waldemar Affelt, PhD is Associate Professor in the Fine Art Conservation Department of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, and a member of ICOMOS and Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage TICCIH. He is an adjuster of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as well as a member of the Main Conservation Commission to the General Conservator of the Polish Republic.

Jacek Dominiczak, PhD is a Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, where he leads The Studio for City Interior Design. He works on theory and methodology of Dialogic Design. He is the author of the concept of Dialogic Space (Dialogic City; Dialogic Architecture) and the Local Identity Code – urban design tool. He implements dialogic concepts into his built projects. He is the author of interior design of The Centre of Art Education ŁAŹNIA 2 in Gdansk, Poland (2012), co-author of Local Identity Code of Central Fremantle, Australia (2009), and co-author of installation Delay(er)ing Facade, which represented Poland at the 9th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice (2004). He is the editor of book series Rethinking the City, which intersects art photography with advanced discourse on contemporary cities.

Katarzyna Kosmala, PhD is a curator, art writer and Professor in Culture, Media and Visual Practice at the School of Media, Culture and Society, University of the West of Scotland, UK. Currently leads the project under RSE-funded interdisciplinary research network: Regeneration and Waterfront Heritage Zones in Northern Europe. Recent publications include: Precarious Spaces: The Arts, Social and Organizational Change (Eds.) (Intellect and The University of Chicago Press, 2016), Sexing the Border: Gender, Art and New Media in Central and Eastern Europe (Ed) (CSP, 2014), Art Inquiry on Crossing Borders: Imaging Europe, Representing Periphery (Eds.) (ŁTN, 2013), Imagining Masculinities: Spatial and Temporal Representation and Visual Culture (2013, Routledge). Recent exhibitions include: Azimuth: Sound/Image (TMU and Miraikan - National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Tokyo, Japan, 2016), Exporting Zagreb (National Museum of Gdansk, 2016), Exporting Gdansk (HDLU, Zagreb, 2015).

Anna Miler - cultural manager and doctoral candidate at the University of Gdansk in political sciences and cultural studies. She works in Gdansk Community Foundation as project coordinator. Member of the Board of Arteria Association. She is a co-author of „Metropolitanka” and „Shipyard is a Woman...” projects which aim to preserve intangible heritage of the Gdansk Shipyard, especially oral histories of former workers.

John Mullen is a visual artist based in Edinburgh. He received an MFA in Sculpture from Edinburgh College of Art in 2003. His artwork is often dealing with hidden and underlying politics in regeneration and renewal processes. He has exhibited broadly in the UK as well as internationally. Selected exhibitions include: ‘Young Athenians’ at ‘Destroy Athens’, Athens, Greece 2007, ‘It’s not Work that’s the Problem, it’s the People’ GRV, Edinburgh 2008, ‘Back to Heritage’, Zadar, 2014; ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: One segment of Nomadism in Art’ Berlin 2015. Over the last years, he has been researching the effects of cultural and architectural loss on post-industrial community of the port town of Leith, Edinburgh and its vision and strategies for the future. At the University of the West of Scotland’s international summer school in Gdansk in 2015 he installed a temporary artwork at the Gdansk Shipyard as part of Cultural and Intangible Heritage in Post-Industrial Waterfront Heritage Zones.

Period3 Nov 20164 Nov 2016
Event typeConference
LocationGdansk , PolandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • heritage
  • regeneration
  • culture