Postcolonial Possibilities of Architectural History: Questions and Concerns in Reading the Urbanisms of the Global South

dc.contributor.author Dasgupta, Soumya
dc.contributor.corporatename Georgia Institute of Technology. College of Design en_US
dc.contributor.corporatename Georgia Institute of Technology. School of Architecture en_US
dc.contributor.corporatename University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2021-03-04T02:52:33Z
dc.date.available 2021-03-04T02:52:33Z
dc.date.issued 2021-02
dc.description ConCave Ph.D. Symposium 2020: Divergence in Architectural Research, March 5-6, 2020, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. en_US
dc.description.abstract As the twenty-first century unfolds before us, the megacities of Global South experience unprecedented urbanization characterized by informalizations of urban spaces. While several new theoretical perspectives from fields such as geography, sociology, and urban planning are contributing heavily in understanding and explaining these mega-urbanisms of the Global South and their complicated and contested narratives, Architectural History, as a discipline, still struggles to articulate these transformations meaningfully. In the context of this epistemological dichotomy, this paper delves into an academic multilogue between architectural history as a methodological apparatus to read and understand space, recent theoretical insights from related built-environment disciplines that reflect on the Global South, and critical theories that help us understand socio-spatial processes, productions, and practices. In doing so, this paper first critiques the role of architectural history in its inability to include much of the spatial narratives of the Global South and questions the canonical understandings of architecture that most of its present academic pedagogy perpetuates. Second, it discusses the potentials of how and what architectural history and theory can learn from contemporary discourses in neighboring subjects. Third, it calls for a postcolonial intervention into architectural history and theory to enunciate the spatial narratives of the understudied Global South. Further, by configuring a critical conversation between theoretical perspectives such as Bhabha’s ‘hybridity’, Lefebvre’s triad of spatial productions, Certeau’s ‘strategies and tactics,’ Bayat’s ‘quiet encroachment,’ and Harvey’s ‘insurgent architect’ this paper proposes an analytical framework that might help us read the complex, entangled, and contested urbanisms of the Global South and the history of their architectural productions. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1853/64334
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.35090/gatech/80
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dc.publisher Georgia Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.relation.ispartofseries ConCave Ph.D. Symposium 2020 ; Divergence in Architectural Research
dc.subject Architectural history en_US
dc.subject Postcolonial studies en_US
dc.subject Global South en_US
dc.title Postcolonial Possibilities of Architectural History: Questions and Concerns in Reading the Urbanisms of the Global South en_US
dc.title.alternative POSTCOLONIAL POSSIBILITIES OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY: Questions and Concerns in reading the Urbanisms of the Global South en_US
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