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  • Erupting Ruins: Dialectics of the Urban Landscape

    Monday, December 9, 2013 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Wenner-Gren Foundation

    Presented by the Anthropology Section

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    Using the examples of surprising — even disturbing — archaeological preservation in my field site of New Orleans, I explore what it means to understand the landscape as dialectical. Forgotten plantation houses beneath the city’s warehouse district and the sunken remains of bawdy taverns expose non-continuous series of ruptures, disasters, abrupt shifts, but also the unaccountable continuity of unconscious structures.

    I argue that the urban landscape is comprised of compacted ruins that both structure and undermine present-day spatial experiences.

    A reception will precede the meeting at 6:00 pm.

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    This meeting is free, but you will need to register in advance.