MA HCT Programme
Time: 10:00 a.m
Venue: T.B.C. (Organised and hosted by the MA History and Critical Thinking Programme)
Niloo Khakhi: “History from Below.”
‘New History is history written in deliberate reaction against the traditional paradigm’ and changes the focal point of the historical enquiry; from the national and international, to local, from the narrative to its underlying structure, from objective to subjective, and from the above to the below.
Just as general histories, the history of architecture is mostly a selective collection of what is often known as the ‘the main architects’, ‘the main buildings’, and ‘the main styles’, ‘the canon’. The question is, does such an approach truly encompass the limits of our knowledge of architecture’s past? And, how new perspectives of history can inform our understanding of the past, and its communication as architectural historians? As one of the least practiced methods of writing history of architecture, this session investigates the possibility of the use of History from Below for architectural discipline. By reviewing some examples, this session will look at its advantages and disadvantages.
The readings are:
1) Sharpe, J 1991, ‘HISTORY FROM BELOW’. in P Burke (ed.), New Perspectives in Historical Writing. Polity Press, Oxford, pp. 24-41.
2) P Deamer (ed.), The architect as worker: Immaterial labour, the creative class, and the politics of design. Bloomsbury Academic, London. (Introduction)
3) Thomas, L, K & Amhoff, T 2015, Writing work: Changing practices of architectural specification’. in P Deamer (ed.), The architect as worker: Immaterial labour, the creative class, and the politics of design. Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 121-144.
4) Grandison, K, I, 2001, ‘Negotiated space: the black college campus as a cultural record of postbellum America’. in Barton, C, E (ed.), Sites of memory: Perspectives on architecture and race. Princeton Architectural Press, New York, pp. 55-97.