Course #: ADV-09137
Eve Blau, Julie Buckler
Year-long bi-weekly interdisciplinary research seminar on the production of social, cultural, and political space in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, offered within the context of the Harvard Mellon Initiative on Urbanism and the Humanities and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies Fellows Program.
The seminar will explore the significance of cultural space as both an object and a tool of analysis, taking as its focus Eurasia, an area of the world where political and cultural boundaries have been repeatedly reconfigured. Overlapping geographical-cultural interests will be brought together in the ‘mapping’ theme, as participants consider practices of mapping cultural space in different disciplinary modes, and examine mapping practices more generally as forms of cultural politics. “Cultural space,” in this understanding, denotes cultural defined zones, physical or virtual, geographical or imagined, that are produced, sustained, monitored, and contested by human practices.
individual and collaborative work with digital tools for research, analysis, and presentation.
Commitment to research, reading, discussion. Interest in region, interdisciplinary research and mapping. Some background an advantage. Interested students should email instructors.
Courses: Cities by Design; Buildings Texts Contexts, or equivalent
Recommended for PhD, DDes, MDesS, MAUD students
Limited enrollment: 6