Anthropocene Feminisms: Architecture and Gender

February 18, 2018

In advance of each seminar meeting you are required to read at least one of the key essays closely. In your blog post (composed of image and text) you are to respond carefully to some aspect of the text that you believe is critically valuable (you do not need to respond to the whole text in detail). The further readings are provided for those who want to read beyond the key texts. You are also encouraged to bring in other references that you have found valuable. The idea is to incrementally build up an account of the site you have chosen to care about during this seminar. When using concepts and arguments that you have discovered in the readings, try and relate them to the material relations and specific details of your chosen site. Use your site as a lens through which to engage in the readings. The blog posts need to be uploaded in advance of our seminar meetings, so we can use them in our class discussions.

GENERAL BACKGROUNDS READINGS

Frichot, Hélène, How to Make Yourself a Feminist Design Power Tool, Baunach AADR, 2016.

Frichot, Hélène, Gabrielsson, Catharina, Runting, Helen, eds. Architecture and Feminisms: Ecologies, Economies, Technologies, London: Routledge, 2018. (copy of the introduction attached)

Reisinger, Karin and Schalk, Meike, eds. Styles of Queer Feminist Practices and Objects in Architecture, special issue Architecture and Culture vol. 5, 2017. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/20507828.2017.1386942

Reisinger, Karin and Schalk, Meike, eds. Becoming a feminist Architect, in a special issue of Field: A Free Journal for Architecture, vol 7, 1, 2017. http://field-journal.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FIELD-2017-latest.pdf

Schalk, Meike, Mazé, Ramia, Kristiansson, Thérèse, eds. Feminist Futures of Spatial Practice, Baunach: AADR, 2017.

Meeting 01 Wednesday 21 February 14.00-16.00 KTH Architecture (A524)

ANTHROPOCENE FEMINISMS

Barber, Daniel (2016), ‘Architectural History in the Anthropocene’, Journal of Architecture, 21 (8): 1165–70.

Haraway, Donna ‘Tentacular Thinking: Athropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene’, in e-flux #76, September 2016 http://www.e-flux.com/journal/75/67125/tentacular-thinking-anthropocene-capitalocene-chthulucene/

Turpin, Etienne, ed. (2013), ‘Introduction’ in Architecture in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Design, Deep Time, and Philosophy, Ann Arbor: Open Humanities Press, Michigan Publishing, 2013. http://www.openhumanitiespress.org/books/titles/architecture-in-the-anthropocene/(pdf of book can be downloaded here)

Background Readings

Colebrook, Claire and Weinstein, Jami. ‘Introduction: Anthropocene Feminisms: Rethinking the Unthinkable. philoSOPHIA, vol. 5, no. 2, Summer 2015, 167-178.

Grusin, Richard. ‘Introduction: Anthropocene Feminisms: An Experiment in Collaborative Theorizing’ in Richard Grusin ed. Anthropocene Feminism, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Frichot, Hélène, Gabrielsson, Catharina, Runting, Helen, eds. Architecture and Feminisms: Ecologies, Economes, Technologies, London: Routledge, 2017. Excerpt.

TASK

Upload an image and text post that responds to the readings and describes the site you will engage in for this elective seminar. You are welcome to upload more than one post.

Meeting 02 Wednesday 7 March 10.00-12.00 (A534) and 13.00-17.00 (A123) KTH Architecture

CARTOGRAPHY of EXHAUSTION

Colebrook, Claire. ‘Introduction’ in Claire Colebrook, Death of the PostHuman: Essays on Extinction, vol. 1. Ann Arbor: Open Humanities Press, University of Michigan Library, 2014. https://quod.lib.umich.edu/o/ohp/12329362.0001.001

Colebrook, Claire. ‘Feminist Extinction’ in Claire Colebrook, Sex After Life: Essays on Extinction, vol. 2. Ann Arbor: Open Humanities Press, University of Michigan Library, 2014. https://quod.lib.umich.edu/o/ohp/12329363.0001.001

READ THIS as a reflection back to the 90s, and ask yourself whether we have exhausted such questions yet, or whether we must continue exhaustively to attend to the field of architecture and feminisms: Debra Coleman, ‘Introduction’ in Debra Coleman, Elizabeth Danze, Carol Henderson, eds.  Architecture and Feminism, New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1996.

Background Readings

Deleuze, Gilles. ‘The Exhausted’, in SubStance, vol. 24, no. 3, issue 78, 1995, 3-28.

Parikka, Jussi. ‘Dust and Exhaustion: The Labour of Media Materialism’, in ctheory.net 2013 https://journals.uvic.ca/index.php/ctheory/article/view/14790/5665

Pelbart Peter Pàl, Cartography of Exhaustion: Nihilism Inside Out, Minneapolis: Univocal Publishing, 2015. Excerpt.

TASK

  1. Upload an image and text post that responds to the readings in relation to your site.
  2. Upload an image and text post that responds to one of the lectures from the afternoon session dedicated to design research.

 

 

Meeting 03 Wednesday 28 March 10.00-12.00 and 13.00-15.00

Room A524 KTH Architecture 

ON THINGS and HOW TO FOLLOW THE MATERIAL

Please select two essays from the readings listed below to focus upon:

Appadurai, Arjun. ‘The Thing Itself’ in Public Culture, 18.1, 2006, 15-21.

Bennett, Jane. ‘The Force of Things: Steps toward an Ecology of Matter’, in Political Theory, vol. 32, no. 3, 2004, 347-372.

Grosz, Elizabeth. ‘The Thing’ in Elizabeth Grosz, Architecture from the Outside: Essays on Virtual and Real Space, 167–83, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2001.

Latour, Bruno. ‘Why Has Critique Run out of Steam? From Matters of Fact to Matters of Concern’ Critical Inquiry, Winter 2004, 225-248.

Serres, Michel. ‘Theory of the Quasi-Object’ in Michel Serres, The Parasite, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007.

Steyerl, Hito. ‘A Thing Like You and Me’ in e-flux Journal #15 April 2010 http://www.e-flux.com/journal/15/61298/a-thing-like-you-and-me/

TASK

  1. Upload an image and text post that responds to the readings on THINGS and relates to your site.
  2. Upload an image and text post that responds to the idea or process of ‘following the materials’ and relates to your site, and to ‘things’ of interest.

Meeting 04 Wednesday 11 April 10.00-12.00 and 13.00-15.00 KTH Architecture A524

ANTHROPOCENE STORY-TELLING

Bennett, Jane. ‘Political Ecologies’ in Jane Bennett, Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010. Excerpt.

Doucet, Isabelle and Frichot, Hélène, eds. ‘Introduction: Resist, Reclaim, Speculate’ in Architectural Theory Review 22:1, 2018. http://www.tandfonline.com/action/showAxaArticles?journalCode=ratr20 (I also encourage you to read some of the other articles in this issue).

Haraway, Donna, Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, Durham: Duke University Press, 2016. Excerpt.

Heise, Ursula K. ‘Introduction: Planet, Species, Justice – and the stories we tell about them.’ In The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities, edited by Ursula K. Heise and Jon Christensen, Michelle Niemann Abingdon, Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2017, 1-10. (Note: This publication is available as an electronic resource from the KTH Library).

Rendell, Jane. ‘Prologue: Prepositions’ in Jane Rendell, Site Writing, London: I.B. Tauris, 2010.

Swanson, Heather, Tsing, Anna, Bubandt, Nils, Gan, Elaine, eds. ‘Introduction: Bodies Tumbled into Bodies’ in Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

TASK

  1. Upload an image and text post that responds to the readings and relates to your site. Frame this post as a story to be told about your site.
  2. Upload an image and text post exploring another approach to anthropocene story-telling. Try a different genre, test a different writing experiment.

 

Meeting 05 Conclusion-Examination 13.00-15.00 KTH Architecture A524

Compile your 6 to 7 Blog posts as a series of chapters in a graphically formatted pdf booklet, and upload to: https://archandphil.wordpress.com/category/02_discussion/

These booklets will be presented at our final meeting, and then revised and resubmitted on 9th May 2018. Prepare a 5 minute presentation of your booklet for our final meeting.

Your Anthropocene Feminisms Booklet must include: 1. a title page, and don’t forget your name! 2. Contents page (with 6 – 7 chapters based on the themes discussed in our meetings) 3. a brief introductory essay that explains how you have organised your booklet and introduces your key discoveries and reflects on what you have achieved in the seminar. 4. 6-7 Chapters based on revised blogposts (be sure to reference the readings too) 5. Bibliography where you should include not only all the references you have made to the readings (and whatever other references you have found useful), but also references to any appropriated imagery or creative projects you might have used from architecture, art, film, literature. The booklet needs to use appropriate references, such as endnotes or footnotes or in text referencing throughout.

Final presentation of pdf booklet in draft form: Wednesday 25 April 13.00

FINAL DEADLINE: final submission of revised pdf booklet Wednesday 9 May 2018.

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