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Architecture. Human Rights. Spatial Politics

Course number: A4780

This seminar will investigate contemporary trajectories of architectural research and practice that intersect with questions of human rights, urbanism, notions of public space, and spatial politics. We will ask what role the discipline plays (or might play) in current debates over questions of political representation, defense, the organization of territory, surveillance, warfare, political conflict, and cultural heritage as well as in questions of citizenship, diaspora, humanitarian intervention, justice, and democracy. These are at once profoundly fascinating and highly complicated fields of study, and there is a growing body of important literature pertaining to them. The seminar will provide a forum both for considering this work in all its complexity and for identifying new lines of research and further critical prospects.