Displacements: Architecture and Refugee
Book Launch and Panel Discussion
May 23, 2017 | 4:00 pm
Haas Center for Public Service, Ford Patio
“In architectural history, just as in global politics, refugees have tended to exist as mere human surplus; histories of architecture, then, have usually reproduced the nation-state’s exclusion of refugees as people out of place. Displacements: Architecture and Refugee, the ninth book in Sternberg Press’s Critical Spatial Practice series, examines some of the usually disavowed but arguably decisive intersections of mass-population displacement and architecture—an art and technology of population placement—through the twentieth century and into the present. Posing the refugee as the preeminent collective political subject of our time, Displacements attempts to open up an architectural history of the refugee that could refract on the history of architecture and the history of the refugee alike.”
Andrew Herscher, author, Displacements; Creative Cities Fellow, Stanford Arts Institute
Fabio Barry, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History
Russell Berman, Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities
Chiseche Mibenge, Director of Community Engaged Learning—Human Rights, Haas Center for Public Service
This event is sponsored by the Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford Arts Institute, and the Urban Studies Program.
Andrew Herscher is a Creative Cities Fellow at the Stanford Arts Institute and an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan with appointments in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Department of the History of Art, and Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Trained as an architect and historian of architecture, he writes on the spatial politics of violence, humanitarian and human rights issues, exile and migration, and contemporary art and design. His research and writing is informed by his long-term participant-observation in Kosovo’s post-conflict environment, including work with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the United Nations Mission in Kosovo, and the Kosovo Cultural Heritage Project, a nongovernmental organization he co-founded and co-directed. He has also been involved in a number of collaborative projects in Detroit, including the Detroit Unreal Estate Agency, an open-access platform for the study of urban crisis using Detroit as a focal point; Detroit Resists, a coalition of activists, artists, architects, and community members working on behalf of an inclusive, equitable, and democratic city; and the We the People of Detroit Community Research Collective. Among his publications are Violence Taking Place: The Architecture of the Kosovo Conflict (Stanford University Press 2010) and The Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit (University of Michigan Press 2012).