Environments and Space Reading Group

Environments and Space Reading Group
09-Jan-2022 - 21-May-2022
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
To be held virtually via Zoom
Ting Wang and Wenxin Zeng

  • Researching space: ethnography as methods | January 9, 2022

  • Spatializing power: ecological imaginations of the city | March 5, 2022

  • Gendered spaces and critical practices | April 2, 2022

  • Heritage Futures | April 23, 2022

  • More-than-human Anthropocene | May 21, 2022

The Environments and Space Reading Group aims to foster interdisciplinary discussion among young scholars interested in spatial practices and the production of the built environment. In spring 2022, the group proposes a series of topics, each pairing a set of “classic” writings on space with a contemporary case study. Proposed topics seek to engage with emergent concerns in the study of the built environment, focusing on Asia, such as eco-cities development, environmental conservation, gendered and everyday spaces, heritage futures, and the potential and biases of different methodological approaches. The reading group hopes to create a comfortable sharing and learning platform for attracting students and faculty across the university with interest in the built environment, including, but not limited to, those in architecture, landscape, planning, geography, anthropology, and cultural studies.

Readings will be sent to participants in advance. In each meeting, a member of the reading group will begin the discussion with a short summary of the selected readings, pick up key terms and pose questions. This will be followed by discussions among all attendees.

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Environments and Space Reading Group is supported by the Built Heritage Research Collaborative Lab, Division of Landscape Architecture, and Department of Architecture. We welcome faculty members and students from different disciplines to join us and hold discussions on related topics this coming semester.

The fifth reading discussion More-than-human Anthropocene will be held via Zoom at 3 pm on May 21, 2022. Readings will focus on the new ways of understanding sociality that include critical description of multispecies interactions. It is an emerging field developed by anthropologists like Anna Tsing and Donna Haraway. Empirical cases include Satoyama Forest Restoration in Japan and Cloning Citrus in São Paulo.

All are welcome. If you are interested to join us, please RSVP by emailing Wang Ting: