The Divided City Summer City Seminar will look to bring together scholars and creative practitioners working at the intersection of spatial and political concerns, with a particular eye to the ways landscapes—urban, rural, wild—enter into the field of the political. While this convening is organized topically around the politics of landscape, it goes further in staking a claim for a specific methodology or orientation—something we might call practice. As such we look to bring together a multi-disciplinary range of critical, creative practitioners from around the world for whom research and practice are inextricably linked. Across a range of disciplines—art, architecture, geography, and urbanism—the participants all bring to the table a particular way of seeing and, importantly, of responding-to and communicating the imbrications of politics and space.
The orientation of the Seminar will be to stake out a position for practice within the broader research university context, and to articulate a pro-active position whereby this model of research and production might be more effectively communicated. Our convening will focus on bringing to the table not only topical specificity—the ‘what’ of research— but will focus, importantly, on the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ of what we do as well. There are unique questions that creative practice poses vis a vi a research university, and we look to learn from one another as we provide models that open up scholarship to new modes of production and reception. Our goal will be to put into practice, over the course of a long weekend, a range of methodologies that reorient our received ways of approaching the city.