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New Course Offering - Flux Navigations: Biopolitics & Urban Aesthetics in the Contemporary SE Asian City - Application Deadline 5-14-14

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.


Flux Navigations:

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:



Questions? Email Mary Ahl ( at the Society for the Humanities.


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