BARAVIKOVA Aliaksandra

Originally from Minsk, Belarus, I completed a BA in Visual and Cultural Studies at the European Humanities University (Vilnius, Lithuania) in 2011. My thesis focused on how various artistic and activist groups respond to the changing nature of border and increased securitization of urban space.

In 2015, after some years of traveling, working and volunteering I enrolled in the master’s program in Human Geography at University of Amsterdam. My specialization track in Environmental Geography was built around the issues of climate change and aquatic governance. In my thesis I explored the effect of the war in Donbas (Eastern Ukraine) on water infrastructure of the region and its informal capital, the city of Donetsk. This study attempted to make a contribution to the burgeoning body of literature in the fields of infrastructure studies and political ecology which examines the interplay between increasingly urbanized warfare and complex networks of infrastructure that underpin modern urban life.

In further research, I would like to pursue my interest in cities affected by conflicts and natural disasters, exploring the issues of urban governance, environmental resilience and sustainability in a state of exception. My research interests also include impacts and adaptation to climate change in cities, the politics of urban metabolism, water planning and land use, urban food and agriculture.

I also love books and independent publishing. I have translated several books from English to Russian (The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class by Dean MacCannell; The Culture of Curating and the Curating of Culture(s) by Paul O'Neill; editorial work: The Murmuring of the Artistic Multitude: Global Art, Politics and Post-Fordism by Pascal Gielen;  all published by the Moscow-based Ad Marginem Press) and am currently working on the next one: How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human by Eduardo Kohn. I was also in the organizing committee for the Warsaw Independent Bookfair (2016) and several other self-publishing events.