Places - Making, Unmaking, and Unmasking

Sawyer Seminar

Places - Making, Unmaking, and Unmasking

Neubauer Collegium

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

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.)