25th July – 05th August 2015 Neelum Valley: Shardah & Aran Kel

For Artists, Social Scientists, Environment keepers, Architects, Philanthropists and all those who have an interest in Culture, Environment and Development through Arts and creative strategies, 

There is a rising need to revisit our approach to academia that contributes to critical awareness and sound co-shaping of our shared environment. Encouraging interdisciplinary academic discourse, Laajverd has initiated its visiting school that responds to conditions of ‘crises’. Crises are instants of shifting modalities – they mark points of change in a multi-layered program. It is a specific period of time that is crucial in several ways of identification and determination of a system that is being regulated in an escalated force field. Combined systems of humans and nature are convoluted in terms of how they anticipate and respond to disturbed environments: disasters and conflict zones. The capacity to deal with the types of uncertainties and surprises requires innovative approaches, creative combinations of strategies, and the ability to adapt to the changing environment.

How does the creative and developmental faculty respond actively to shifting environments? This intensive invites the creative and developmental faculty, students and field experts to join this visiting school in chalking out a more effective academic and intervention methodology.

Built Environment | Audio Visual Cultures 
Eco-tourism | Creative Research methods | 
Environmental Security

Eligibility: Young Faculty, young researchers and students in their 4th yr of Bachelor Study or above in Art, Architecture, Management, Social Science and related disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Fee: Rs 30,000/- 
Covers travel to & from Islamabad - Neelum Valley + course fee +  accommodation + food], need-based concessions/scholarships maybe considered for students.

Apply by 10th June 2015, with a 300 words motivational  statement  and  resume to laajverd at gmail.com. Please also indicate your area of interest. Selected candidates will be informed by the 25th of June 2015. The Visiting School will also host local food, culture and  communal living for interactive dialogue and learning. It also includes excursions around the natural habitat. Evenings will be filled with discussions, games and communal cooking.

For more information, contact, laajverd at gmail.com  | zara.husain at gmail.com