15 Apr 2019

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The Earth That Modernism Built

This lecture explores the roots of the modernist project - both heroic and tragic - to design the human by reshaping the environment, from the domestic sphere to the earth at large. It examines how statesmen, scientists, and designers mapped ethnicity onto territory and biology onto architecture, and in doing so, conceived of the earthly environment as an object of design. This entangled history of modernity demonstrates how novel ways of thinking about and designing the environment were bound up with natural science and the colonial project, asking us to reconsider long-held assumptions about humanity's relationship to the earth.

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