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Politics and space are intimately bound. From the scale of the body, up through the scale of buildings and cities and on to the scale of the landscape, those with political, cultural, economic and social power exercise explicit and implicit control over the shaping and occupation of space. As cultural producers, it is critical that we understand this physical and spatial manifestation of power relationships. This seminar will explore the ways that power, politics, economics and social and cultural hierarchies are made physical and will survey and analyze resulting building, urban and landscape patterns around the globe. Of perhaps greater importance, we will also be exploring techniques that challenge, subvert or reverse these hierarchies from a range of cultural practices including art, architecture, literature and traditional crafts. Seminar format with a wide range of readings, lively discussion, and guest discussants. Two short writing assignments and a final project are required.