The Space-Relations workshop starts with two central questions that rethink space from a relational perspective:

  • How do we think of space not as a container but a conductor of relations?
  • How do we think of space not merely as a form of relations but also as a method that forms relations?

The workshop works upon/within/through space as mattering—disconnecting and reconnecting relations among ideas, technologies, non/human bodies, places, time, etc. By doing so, we attempt to investigate how the material and symbolic ways in which we configure space also generate relations immanent to the making of space.

The workshop hopes to bring together faculty, students, and non-UW scholars whose research potentially destabilizes a static understanding of space and broadly conceives space as a transdisciplinary method. We attempt to examine themes of nonetheless interrelated productions of arts and literature, teaching and learning, everyday life, security, revolution, futurity, spirituality, and tradition and modernity.

Potential Readings

Ben Anderson and Paul Harrison, Taking-Place: Non-Representational Theories and Geography (Farham: Ashgate, 2012).

Bruno Latour, Reassembling the social: an introduction to actor-network-theory (Oxford New York: Oxford University Press, 2005).

Christina Sharpe, In the wake: on blackness and being (London: Duke University Press, 2016).

David Chidester and Edward T. Linenthal (eds), American Sacred Space (Indiana University Press, 1995).

David Novak, Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation (Durham: Duke University Press, 2013).

Denis Cosgrove, Geography and vision: seeing, imagining and representing the world (London: I.B. Tauris, 2012).

Doreen Massey, "Geographies of responsibility," Geografska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography 86.1 (2004): 5-18.

Doreen Massey, For Space (London: Sage, 2005).

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity (Durham: Duke University Press, 2003).

Fabio Lanza, Behind the Gate: Inventing Students in Beijing (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010).

Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson, The New Blackwell Companion to the City (Blackwell, 2011).

Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. A thousand plateaus (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007).

Jacques Lacan, “The Gaze as petit objet a,” in The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psycho-Analysis, ed. Jacques–Alain Miller and trans. Alan Sheridan (1973; New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1981), 67–119.

Jean-Luc Nancy, The Sense of the World (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998).

Jonathan Murdoch, Post-Structuralist geography: a guide to relational space (London: SAGE, 2006).

Karen Barad, Meeting the universe halfway: quantum physics and the entanglement of matter and meaning (Durham: Duke Univ. Press, 2007).

Keith Basso, Wisdom Sits in Places (University of New Mexico Press, 1996).

Lisa Lowe, The Intimacies of Four Continents (Duke University Press, 2015).

Lissa Malkki, “National Geographic: The Rooting of Peoples and the Territorialization of National Identity among Scholars and Refugees,” Cultural Anthropology 7.1 (1992): 24–44.

Louis Nelson, American Sanctuary: Understanding Sacred Spaces (Indian University Press, 2006).

M. Crang and N. Thrift, Thinking Space (Routledge, 2000).

Martin Jones, "Phase space: geography, relational thinking and beyond," Progress in Human Geography 33.4 (2009): 487-506.

Metcalf, Barbara D. (ed.), Making Muslim Space in North America and Europe (University of California, 1996).

Michel de Certeau, et al, The Practice of Everyday Life, Vol. 2: Living and Cooking (University of Minnesota Press, 1998).

Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life (University of California Press, 1984).

N. Bingham, 1996. "Object-ions: from technological determimism towards geographies of relations," Environment and Planning D 14: 635-658.

Pierre Bourdieu, The Field of Cultural Production (Polity Press, 1993).

Setha Low and Denise Lawrence-Zúñiga (eds.), Anthropology of Space and Place: Locating Culture (Wiley-Blackwell, 2003).

Elizabeth Povinelli, Geontologies (Duke University Press, 2016).

Upcoming Borghesi-Mellon Workshops and Events

Sarah Stankey

The Traces and Trails of Camp
Feb 21 2018
Art Lofts Gallery
6:00 PM – 6:00 PM Terra Incognita Art Series

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Neuro-Speculative Afro-Feminism
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Apr 04
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