[URBANTH-L]CFP: Architectures of (Unbe)longing

Angela Jancius acjancius at ysu.edu
Sun Jul 24 14:23:48 EDT 2005

CFP: Architectures of (Unbe)longing
Deadline: September 10, 2005

For a session at the annual conference of the Society of Architectural
Historians, to be held in Savannah, Georgia, April 26-29, 2006, papers are
being sought that address "Architectures of (Unbe)longing." This session
will focus on recent publications of social anthropologist Michel S.
Laguerre, who will serve as discussant. Both Laguerre's _Minoritized Space:
An Inquiry into the Spatial Order of Things_ (1999) and _Urban
Multiculturalism and Globalization in New York City_ (2003) consider, among
other things, minoritized diasporic and indigenous cultures in the built
environment. Laguerre's analyses explore ways in which people have been
marginalized spatially and the methods by which these spaces are maintained,
reproduced, and transformed through time. Papers are sought that examine the
history of minoritized spaces themselves, as well as those that analyze
linkages between majority/minority or colonizer/colonized places.

Possible questions might include: How have majority/dominant populations or
patrons created structures of (un)belonging and/or alienation-e.g., favelas,
lakous, bidonvilles, reservations, internment camps, shtetls, mellahs,
barrios--and what forms have these acquired? How have occupants of these
structures or neighborhoods shaped or transformed their environments,
perhaps informed by their longing for homeland or observation of religious
practices? How can we best understand the architectural and urban
relationships among classes, races, or ethnicities that create majority and
minority spaces?

Abstracts of 300 words and a short resume should be sent to Sharon Irish
along with complete contact information. Please read the general guidelines
on the website of the Society of Architectural Historians prior to

Sharon Irish
School of Architecture
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
117 Buell Hall, MC-621
Champaign, IL 61820
Fax: 217-244-2900

Email: slirish at uiuc.edu
Visit the website at http://www.sah.org

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