ARCH 216 - Contested Spaces: Art, Architecture, Politics
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Architecture (ARCH)
Department: CAUP Taubman College of Arch + Urban Planning
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU, RE
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Description

This course encourages students to think critically about how specific sites and objects have participated in the construction of class, race, gender, body ability, and other socially constructed markers of difference. Building on the histories of art and architecture, the course proposes the category of "space" as an alternative to the geographic, aesthetic, and analytic categories that have shaped the canons of these two disciplines. We address the architecture of those excluded from these canons by examining how objects and sites structure social relations and broader networks of power.

Each week we address a type of "space" central to the formation of modernity in the Americas. We discuss these spaces through on objects and sites from different historical times and geographical locations across the region. The course first introduces notions of forum, commons, and protest as a primer to the course's own policies of inclusion and participation. In the first part of the semester, we focus on notions of otherness as they breach public and private spheres. We start in 1492, a moment of encounter that generated contacts, trade, and exchange and led to the construction of modernity and its myths. We trace the networks of colonial trade and slave exploitation, connecting distant sites and reciprocal influences through the spaces of the colony and the plantation. We explore the kitchen as a source of both community and segregation, the closet as a metaphorical construction of secrecy and forbidden sexuality, and the slum as the outcome of systemic racism. In the second half of the semester, we turn to institutional spaces, putting together the critique of Michel Foucault and Tony Bennett with more recent discussions on abolitionism and immigration to examine the border, the prison, the school, and the museum.

The use of a core spatial construct as the base of each lecture enables the course to range broadly within a long date span while also offering students concrete, in-depth knowledge of key objects and sites, concluding with a contemporary point of view. By examining these contested spaces, we challenge canonical narratives and reveal the fundamental role of class, race, and gender struggle in the construction of modernity.

*This course was designed by FAAC (Feminist Art and Architecture Collaborative: Tessa Paneth-Pollak, Olga Touloumi, Martina Tanga, Ana María León) and has been modified by Ana María León for use at the University of Michigan.

HISTART Distribution Requirements: Europe and the US, Latin America, Modern and Contemporary

Intended Audience:

Undergraduate students interested in the ways in which space and its representation informs, enforces, and potentially upends difference in race, class, gender, and body ability.

Class Format:

Lecture in combination with small group discussions, class conversations, and website engagement with parallel courses in other institutions.

Schedule

ARCH 216 - Contested Spaces: Art, Architecture, Politics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
32571
Open
6
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
32573
Open
2
 
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Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
32575
Open
2
 
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Th 5:00PM - 6:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
32577
Open
1
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
005 (DIS)
 In Person
32579
Open
1
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM

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