Transformations II 2016
Building on the Transformations I module this seminar will focus on discourses on public space. We will discuss the production and uses of public spaces in complex and conflictual societies by reading and jointly discussing key texts from social sciences, urban planning and architecture. Through the engagement with different theoretical approaches and the analysis of historical examples, the dichotomous relations between public and private sphere will be explored and problematized. The introduction of postcolonial, feminist and activist perspectives serves to critically revise common conceptions of public space. The seminar serves to deepen skills in critical reading and writing for academic purposes. Requirements are regular attendance and active engagement in class, preparation of texts and discussion formats, group presentations (possibly in the field) and a written individual paper.