Professor Katarzyna Kosmala and Professor Graham Jeffery are organising a seminar at UWS Ayr Campus; Dr Waldemar Affelt (Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the School of Business and Creative Industries) is presenting a lecture entitled “Future of Intangible Heritage in Historic Environment of the Gdansk Shipyard”.

In this presentation, Dr Affelt will discuss his recently developed TECHNITAS methodology for the assessment of industrial heritage, framed as a ‘heritology’ process concerning the protection and the treatment of heritage in a holistic manner (Šola, 1982). The paper offers a ‘blueprint’ for how to apply this techno-aesthetics method in the context of the former Gdansk Shipyard on-going redevelopments, drawing on a neuroscientific research on aesthetics, Tim Enderson’s (2005) conceptualization of industrial aesthetics and Maria Golaszewska’s (1996) notion of aesthetic situation.

Recently, the National Heritage Board of Poland entered negotiations with the developers of the land, concerning the possible ways to sustain the uniqueness of the historic site of the former Gdansk Shipyard’s tangible and intangible heritage. Although, in 2015 the significant area of the site (Imperial Shipyard) became protected by the Polish law as a historic monument, and there is a proposal underway to enlist the former Gdansk Shipyard onto the UNESCO World Heritage List, over a half of its infrastructure and several buildings had already disappeared.


Gdansk Shipyard

Dr Waldemar Affelt is a newly appointed Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the School of Business and Creative Industries at the University of the West of Scotland, a conservation expert and a member-specialist of the Committee for the History of Science and Technology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Since 2017, Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Nicolaus Copernicus University Torun and the Gdansk University of Technology, Poland. Since 2018, a Visiting Professor at the Tohoku Gakuin University, Sendai, Japan.

The seminar will take place on Wednesday 18th March 1.30-2.30pm, GT41 in UWS Ayr campus, University Avenue, Ayr, KA8 0SX.