UNEARTHING TRACES – Dismantling the imperialist entanglement of archives and the built environment

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Swissuniversities Doctoral Course

27 – 29 MAY 2021

Unearthing Traces is initiated by Denise Bertschi and Julien Lafontaine Carboni. The course is open Swiss and International doctoral students and for external listeners. Info & Registration:  https://unearthingtraces.ch/
With the swissuniversities doctoral course Unearthing Traces we propose to explore and learn about memory processes, power structures in archival practices in relation to the built environment and material architectural traces. With the participation of a wide array of thinkers and practitioners in archival and artistic practices, historians and researchers in architecture and social sciences, the course explores how imagined records and traces can be composed and grounded in the context of academic research in order to implement them into a historical argumentation. A particular emphasis will be made on architectural and spatial traces and records both through the methodologies of urban critical and postcolonial studies and through questioning the imperialist dimensions of the architecture of archives and built environments. After two days in the form of a conference, the fieldwork in Neuchâtel constitutes both an opportunity to actively apply these methodologies, and to question the colonial entanglements of Switzerland through a collective and embodied research process in situ. Students across different disciplines — architecture, history, arts, political sciences — will be solicited, in order to decompartmentalize disciplines in this process.
Unearthing Traces is organized by: Denise Bertschi, Julien Lafontaine Carboni, Stéphanie Ginalski, Lucía Jalón Oyarzun, Yves Pedrazzini Invited guests: Léopold Lambert, Françoise Vergès, Rohit Jain, Faustin Linyekula, Shourideh C. Molavi, Samia Henni, Doreen Mende, Jovita dos Santos Pinto, Michelle Caswell, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Izabel Barros and others Full Program: https://unearthingtraces.ch/