From the occupation of Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok to the militarization of monastic complexes in the south of Thailand, recent political events point to the continuing importance of architecture and the built environment as both theaters and catalysts for political violence. This panel explores the production, representation and use of architecture in their relationships to violence and risk. Does violence break out when regimes of risk-management fail? How is architecture implicated in this political
process of management and contestation? Through the vehicle of architecture, this panel considers violence in spatial, aesthetic, symbolic and epistemic terms and questions how notions of risk both legitimate and produce certain modes and subjects of violence. How do sites of memory commemorate acts of political and personal violence while acting as horizons of a risky future? How have social conflicts, and the threat of possible conflicts, contributed
to the development of seemingly benign architectural typologies like the cinema, the casino, and the ship? Space- and place-specific case studies by historians and anthropologists as well as art and architectural historians
are welcome. Please send paper proposals before July 30 via email to Lawrence Chua (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Lee Kah Wee (email@example.com).
Lawrence Chua (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Lee Kah Wee (email@example.com).
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