Princeton-Mellon Research Forum on the Urban Environment: Fall 2017 Schedule

Wed, Aug 16, 2017 (All day)

Princeton-Mellon Research Forum on the Urban Environment
Fall 2017 - Infrastructure and Materiality 

The Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities is pleased to announce its Fall 2017 research forum, curated by Andrew A. Johnson (Anthropology) and Curt Gambetta (Architecture).

A growing body of contemporary research about infrastructure in architecture, the humanities and social sciences takes as its object large-scale, seemingly immaterial infrastructures. Against assumptions about the invisibility of infrastructure, new scholarship accounts for the materiality of systems that range in time and scale from global networks and longue durée processes, to fleeting, microscopic phenomena. In working across different registers and sites, what possibilities and problems do work on materiality pose to theory, methods and critique? In order to understand this, our series creates dialogues across disciplinary boundaries that focus on a particular material, including water, carbon, biota, cargo and building materials, among others. In doing so, we seek to explore how material shapes the possibilities for human worlds, be they social, political, religious, cultural, or otherwise.

Session Schedule 

September 25 - Biota
Stuart McLean (Minnesota)
Peder Anker (NYU)
October 9 - Air
Erik Harms (Yale)
Enrique Ramirez (Ball State)
Oct 16 - Carbon
Gökçe Gunel (Arizona)
Ateya Khorakiwala (Princeton-Mellon) 

November 15 - Cargo
Jesse LeCavalier (NJIT)
Janell Rothenberg (Carleton) 

November 28 -  Building Materials
Diana Martinez (Tufts)
Catherine Fennell (Columbia)
December 6 - Water
Nikil Anand (Penn)
Mitch McEwan (Princeton)

Mellon Forum events are held at the School of Architecture and are free and open to the public. 



School of Architecture, South Gallery