Spatial Practices

ARTHIST721S

Space, once a vacuum in which action took place, is now broadly acknowledged as a formidable matrix that shapes agency. From medieval refectories to Starbucks, from Jerusalem to Las Vegas, from mikvaot to hot spring spas, space produced for human use has in turn managed human performance. How space works--as reassuring or threatening, as ordering or disordering--is the subject of this seminar. By reading selected theoretical texts (e.g. Lefebvre, Habermas, Eliade, Zizek) and mapping specific historical landscapes, we will become more aware of the ways space has shaped history and informed the objects of our scholarly research. 3 units.