Urban Art and the Block: Places

Urban Art and the Block: Places – Making, Unmaking, and Unmasking

Date and Time – February 13, 2018, 2:00 – 5:00pm
Location – Neubauer Collegium

This symposium investigates places and the various practices of placemaking, unmaking, remaking, and unmasking them. Often inscribed by deep-seated structures of violence and inequality, places also hold the potential for positive transformation and methods of self-representation and agency. From Chicago’s South Side to informal settlements in Latin America, and the spatial contestations between Israeli and Palestinian borders, we examine the issue of place, entangled by the complexities of its legal, economic, political, and socio-cultural dimensions.  Speakers include: Terry Clark (Professor, Department of Sociology), Brodwyn Fischer (Professor of Latin American History and the College), W. J. T. Mitchell (Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History), Jacqueline Stewart (Professor, Department of Cinema and Media Studies and the College), and Eyal Weizman (Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures and Director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.)


Suggested Readings:

Suggested Readings from our speakers:

W. J. T. Mitchell, “Space, Place, and Landscape,” Preface to Landscape and Power (2nd edition, Chicago 2002)

Eyal Weizman, Hollow Lands

Brodwyn Fisher, Chp 1: “The city of hills and swamps” and Chp 2: “Rio and Brazil’s postwar republic” in A poverty of rights: citizenship and inequality in twentieth-century Rio de Janeiro

Jacqueline Stewart: Chp. 4: “Some Things to See Up Here All the Time: Moviegoing and Black Urban Leisure in Chicago” in Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity

Available online via: http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/9996443

Daniel Aaron Silver and Terry Nichols Clark, Chp. 5: “Home, Home on the Scene: How Scenes Shape Residential Patterns” in Scenescapes: How Qualities of Place Shape Social Life

Available online via: http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11266101


Other Readings:

Lees Loretta et. al, Gentrification

Daniel Bluestone, “Chicago’s Mecca Flat Blues” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians Vol. 57, No. 4 (Dec., 1998)

Christine Boyer, Chp 8: “Manhattan Montage” in City of Collective Memory

Letter from Faculty Concerning the Obama Center

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