Architecture & Race

Week 2 Architecture and Race

Curated by Annmarie Adams
Moderated by Tania Gutiérrez Monroy

July 13, 2020

Required readings

McInnis, Maurie Dee, and Louis P Nelson, ed. Educated in Tyranny: Slavery at Thomas Jefferson’s University. University of Virginia Press, 2019. Read Chapter 2.

Hurley, Amanda Kolson. “How the critics covered the NMAAHC,” Architect Magazine, 2016.

Further readings

Cheng, Irene, et al., eds. Race and Modern Architecture: A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020. The introduction is a good overview of the book.

Harris, Dianne. “Seeing the Invisible: Re-examining Race and Vernacular Architecture.” Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture 13, no. 2 (2006) 96–105.

Upton, Dell. “White and Black Landscapes in Eighteenth-Century Virginia.” Places 2, no. 2 (1984).

Ginsburg, Rebecca. “‘Come in the Dark’: The Place of Domestic Workers’ Rooms in Apartheid-Era Johannesburg.” Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture 8 (2000): 83-100.

*On race and architectural history in general, check out:

Racism in the University

Week 1 Racism in the University

Curated by Ipek Tureli
Moderated by Valentina Davila

July 6, 2020

Required readings

Nelson, Charmaine A. “Introduction.” In Ebony Roots, Northern Soil: Perspectives on Blackness in Canada, edited by Nelson, 1-20. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010.

Davis, Angela. “Angela Davis: An Interview on the Futures of Black Radicalism.” Excerpt from Futures of Black Radicalism ed. Gaye Theresa Johnson and Alex Lubin. Verso: 2017.

Davis, Angela. “Angela Davis on Abolition, Calls to Defund Police, Toppled Racist Statues & Voting in 2020 Election.” Interview by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now, June 12, 2020.

Ahmed, Sara. “Introduction.” In On Being Included Racism and Diversity in Institutional LifeDuke University Press, 2012.

Moriah, Kristin Leigh. “How anti-Black racism on Canadian university campuses robs us all.” The Conversation, July 2, 2020.

Further readings

Professor Charmaine Nelson’s blog

Nelson, Charmaine A. Slavery, Geography and Empire in Nineteenth-century Marine Landscapes of Montreal and Jamaica. Routledge, 2016. In Chapter 2, “A Tale of Two Empires: Montreal slavery under the French and the British,” pages 86-92 are on James McGill’s slaves.

Ahmed, Sara. “Institutional Whiteness,” and  “Institutional Racism,” In On Being Included Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life 33-50.  Duke University Press, 2012.

hooks, bell. Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. Routledge, 1994. “Engaged Pedagogy,” p. 13-22.

Davis, Angela. Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement. Chicago, Illinois: Haymarket Books, 2016.

Decolonizing the university & Decolonizing the curriculum

Jansen, Jonathan D., ed. Decolonisation in Universities: The Politics of Knowledge. Johannesburg: Wits University Press, 2019.

Bhambra, Gurminder K.; Gebrial, Dalia; Nişancioğlu, Kerem; eds. Decolonising the University. Pluto, 2018.

“Decolonization” Concordia University CTL webpage. Link
“Tips for decolonizing your pedagogy.” Link

On race and the university in North America, contemporary and historical perspectives

Henry, Frances; James, Carl; Li, Peter S; Kobayashi, Audrey; et al. eds. The Equity Myth Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities. UBS Press, 2017.

Wilder, Craig Steven. Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities. Bloomsbury, 2014.



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