CHID 390 A: Colloquium In The History Of Ideas

Knowing the City

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 10:30am - 12:20pm
MGH 282
Keith Harris

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What does it mean to know a city? This course focuses on the theoretical and practical problems
of producing urban knowledge and interpreting the urban environment. The dominant twentieth
century perspectives first treated the city as a natural system whose laws could be discovered,
then as an ever-changing product of the contradictory process of capitalist accumulation, but we
will excavate many other “minoritarian” approaches, such as psychogeography (the Situationist
International), the poetics of space (Bachelard), collage (Benjamin), feminist epistemology
(Sandercock), narrative (Mièville, DeLillo), and creative forms of expression, including
experimental writing (Perec), music (Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid), and film (Downtown 81).

Catalog Description: 
Basic theoretical issues in the comparative history of ideas as a disciplined mode of inquiry; examination of representative historical figures and problems. Primarily for majors. Prerequisite: CHID 101.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Writing (W)
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August 4, 2017 - 9:12pm