History of Architecture and Urbanism Society: Abidin Kusno

The History of Architecture and Urbanism Society is pleased to announce the first presentation of its Under Construction colloquium series for the Spring 2007 semester.

Abidin Kusno will be conducting a seminar around two articles-in-progress: "A Different Utopia? Historical Memories and Contemporary Global Urban Projects in Asia" and "The New Regime of Seeing: The Appearance of Order and Normality in Late Colonial Java." The seminar will be held on Friday, February 16, from 4:30 to 6:00 PM in 115 W. Sibley. Please contact lc288@cornell.edu for copies of the readings and to RSVP.

Professor Kusno is an associate professor and the Canadian Research Chair in Asian Urbanism and Culture at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. His research interests include the relations between architecture, urban design, and political cultures; the historical and contemporary representations of identities and city life in Asia; the effects of colonialism, modernity and nationalism on the visual and spatial environment of the city and how they shaped the social and political identities of the urban population; and questions of representation, space, violence and collective memory.

Professor Kusno's visit is co-sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies in Architecture, the Southeast Asia Program, the History of Architecture and Urbanism Society, the Comparative Muslim Societies, and the Department of the History of Art.