KNOWLEDGE AND COMMUNICATION – UNIVERSITY AMPHITEATRE OF BELGRADE
Guide by: Katarina Stradner
→ University of Belgrade, Studentski trg 1
University amphitheaters represent the premises for the gathering of the academic community to present and exchange ideas and knowledge. Spaces for lectures and debates and talks between professors and students date all the way back to Plato’s Academy, which is considered to be the forerunner of the University. Since ancient times, amphitheaters have been places of meeting and the center of entertainment and communication. Although the meaning of the word of Greek origin indicates a space that has a teathron; a semi cultural theatre on the amphi side, the space of the contemporary university amphitheater has taken elements of the architecture of the ancient theatre. Thus, the platform and semi-circular deescalating stands are unavoidable elements that shape modern amphitheaters but mainly because of its acoustic advantages. This way, the modern university amphitheater, symbolically took the purpose of this space as a medium for interesting and educating communications between an ‘’actor’’ and the ‘’audience’’.
The urban plan of the development of the oldest core of the city by Emilian Josimović, brought a new structure, the former ‘’agora’’ – the Grand Market, and the relocation of the Grand School into the endowment of Miša Anastasijević, who commissioned the commencement and development of Belgrade University (1863) in today’s Student Square (previously called Grand square,…). As the premises of the University as well as of its amphitheaters make a platform for the communication of professionals they also house the general public, and represent an important place for voicing aims of social change. It is precisely the amphitheaters of the Rectorate, Philological, Philosophical, Legal and Technical Faculties that gave voice to some of the most important personalities in history since the establishment of the University to date.
Katarina Stradner completed her undergraduate studies at the Department of Art and History at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, where she is currently undertaking her master studies. She is interested in interpretation of cultural heritage, and she gained experience in working with the audience as an associate of the Belgrade City Museum in the exhibition space of the collection of icons ‘’Sekulić’’, the Museum of Paja Jovanović and Konak knjeginje Ljubice. She is currently engaged in the realization of the 13th Belgrade International Architecture Week.