Jeremy Foster (ARCH)
Arnika Fuhrmann (ASIAN)
ASIA 6682/ARHC 6819/SHUM 6819
Fall 2014 , Thursdays 2:30pm - 4:25pm
Mellon Collaborative Studies in Architecture, Urbanism, & the Humanities
Selected students will be awarded a $1,000 stipend to support a final project AND a funded, week-long travel program to Southeast Asia in late September 2014.
This course critically addresses accounts of Southeast Asia’s port and delta metropolises as sites of economic and cultural transformation as part of recent power shifts in the region. It focuses on the socio-spatial problematics associated with collision between old and new forms of labor, capital, and governance in urban environments where the impacts of climate change are increasingly evident. Part of the Mellon Collaborative Studies in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, the seminar will be pedagogically linked to a parallel Expanded
Practice Graduate Design Studio in Architecture whose goal is to explore metaissues
in global urbanism.
‘Flux Navigations’ will draw on the new cinemas of the region to speculate about
the ghostly as well as political and aesthetic effects engendered by emergent
practices and interstitial spaces in these tropical urban settings. The seminar will
draw on literature in visual culture, cinema studies and transnational Asian imaginaries,
as well as urban studies and cultural geography, to understand how
human/nonhuman relations are (or are not) being reconfigured by contemporary
fluxes and unsettlings. In addition to participating in weekly discussions of
readings and film screenings, students will develop a term project that brings
the seminar’s theoretical and analytical tools to bear on a bio-social condition
in one of the cities under investigation, using a combination of research and in
situ observation. Seminar and studio will be linked through joint discussions and
critiques, and a funded, week-long travel program to SE Asia in late September,
during which students will visit some of the urban settings under investigation,
and meet with a variety of local informants and cultural producers.
The seminar is open to selected students in a range of humanities and design
disciplines. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the Mellon Urban Representation
seminars, a wide range of skills and backgrounds are welcome. Advanced
undergraduate students may apply, but preference will be given to students in
their first three years of graduate study.
For more information about the seminar, fellowship, and to apply, please see:
For more information visti:
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 7, 2014
Questions? Email Mary Ahl (email@example.com) at the Society for the Humanities.
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