ed. by Regine Hess,
and Monika Platzer
Journal for Art History
and Cultural Studies, 3/2021
Racisms, ideologies, and power relations have become everyday topics of public debates also in the cultural sphere. Within these discursive processes, racism plays a key role: for European and non-European civil societies and actors, in research and teaching, in curatorial practices, in institutions and organizations, in discussing and writing, and in dealing with the past and the present.
Against this background, this issue gathers contributions that document critical thinking and expand our knowledge and thus (can) contribute to reflection. By renegotiating historical and current positions, constructs, practices, and narratives, we deliberately engage this debate in the field of architecture and public space: to what extent have racism and structural violence influenced architectural theory? In which areas of architecture and urbanism did and does racism leave its mark? How can architectural history be deconstructed anti-racistically?
By focusing on societies, we ask which forces can influence and shape creative work in architecture. At the same time, we need to address the part that our disciplines, professions, institutions, and organizations play in structural racism in science and society: How do our conscious and unconscious canons contribute to these tensions and injustices? Which mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion do we reflect, and which do we fail to reflect?
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New Approaches to a State-Citizen-Relation, ed. by Yael Allweil and
Journal for Art History
and Cultural Studies, 2/2020
Housing, unlike wohnen, includes the sense of the German verb behausen, which brings the estate’s and the land’s provider into the picture. That is, the modern state (and its jurisdiction and building law), and its overarching goal of nation-building and establishing nationalism. Understood this way, housing has a double linguistic denotation and enables one to understand the production of ‹houses› and the subjection of its inhabitants to a regime or even competing re¬gimes, like that of East and West Germany during the Cold War.
Regime is defined by the Oxford dictionary as a «system of government or ad¬ministration» or as a term to «cover norm-bound interactions relating to issues such as the global environment or human rights». Understanding stately subsi¬dised housing this way, the history, sociology and anthropology of urban planning have devoted much research to planning mechanisms producing a «rule of experts» applying governing principles via urban and national infrastructure, while architecture studies on wohnen commonly focus on town planning and architectural housing design.
The here made shift in terminology has its impact on methodology. The articles in this volume reflects it with their new approaches to a broad realm of research fields.
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