Perloff Hall, University of California, Los Angeles
October 7, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Somewhere between the scale of the site and the scale of the territory lies the “region”: a productively ambiguous term that subsumes notions of geography, ecology, economy, planning, and jurisdiction. What does this particular enclosure—of both spaces and knowledges—do to, and for, historical processes of colonial and decolonial upheaval? What can critical spatial histories of regionalism contribute to theorizations of decoloniality—and vice-versa? And what are we to make of it as a tool of expertise, most prominently in discourses of development for the so-called global South? This symposium will revisit regionalism as a heterogeneous and contested discourse encompassing geopolitical relations, economic frameworks, social formations such as race and ethnicity, ecological processes, and myriad articulations of technical expertise.
This symposium is organized by AUD’s Ayala Levin with Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió, Urban Studies and Planning, UC San Diego, on behalf of the UCHRI Multicampus Working Group Decolonizing Regionalism 2021–22
Can Bilsel, Art, Architecture and Art History, University of San Diego
Nancy Kwak, History, University of California, San Diego
Ayala Levin, Architecture and Urban Design, University of California, Los Angeles
Albert Narath, History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz
Michael Osman, Architecture and Urban Design, University of California, Los Angeles
Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió, Urban Studies and Planning, UC San Diego
Ginger Nolan, School of Architecture, University of Southern California
Zirwat Chowdhury, Art History, University of California, Los Angeles