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Architecture archive of political violence 
Charlotte Al-Khalili (University of Sussex)
Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic (Glasgow University)
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Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic (Glasgow University)
Charlotte Al-Khalili (University of Sussex)
Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic (Glasgow University)
Friday 26 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

This panel aims at anthropologically investigating the relations between architecture, archive and mass political violence. The questioning of these multifaceted links invites to rethink our theoretical and methodological tools and to open up to writing and aesthetic experiments.

Long Abstract:

How can anthropologists grasp cityscapes and architectural landmarks as archives of political violence? This panel questions the ways in which architecture including monumental and living built-in environments, can configure as material archives of the past brutality and portend future political violence. In contexts of revolutionary episodes, wars, violent conflicts, or genocidal violences, the material environment is often destroyed or purposefully erased – i.e. urbicides. One is therefore pushed to interrogate the role of materials and materialities not only as traces, remnants and testimonies of experienced violence, but also as predatory intentionalities. Architecture doubles as an archive and a witness, summoned to investigate political terror, a productive approach demonstrated by forensic architecture collectives. A bizarre complicity of architecture that bends justice toward revenge and fear is not so well known. This use of architecture in judicial sites is particularly interesting when more volatile forms of archiving have been destroyed, are simply inexistent or are inaccessible. Through the investigation of the multiple links between architecture and archive; this panel invites theoretical, methodological, writing and aesthetic experiments with architecture archive that break new ground on issues of materiality, historicity, and political atrocities. It thus opens up to new interdisciplinary possibilities.

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Session 1 Friday 26 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Friday 26 July, 2024, -