Methods Seminars are in-depth, interdisciplinary investigations of a particular problem or theme. These seminars focus on ways of knowing the world characteristic of the disciplines represented in the seminar, such that the forms or methods of investigation are as important as the subject matter itself.
In a late-capitalist, networked world, urbanization and the security apparatus of the state are even more aligned than in the past, though often not overtly. In this course, we aim to sharpen our ideas as to how cities, spaces and security are linked; what such geopolitics means for everyday life; and, how we can propose creative and public interventions and practices that may take these blossoming politics to task. What do the landscape of emerging cities and our shifting cultural ideas about cities imply for the formation of new spaces of conflict, publicness, and citizenship? How are cities territorialized, shaped, dominated, pirated, represented, and secured? Who participates in these processes and under what conditions of control, supervision, or coercion? What relationships are there between multi-national capitalism and urban dwellers? How do new technologies, industries, and forms of warfare shape these relationships, or perhaps create them? Readings will deal with the complicated spatial intersection of modern warfare and processes such as neoliberlization, informality, citizenship, state formation, memorialization, activism, artistic communications, and more. New modes of research production will be explored.