Anthropology of Space, Place and the Cultural Landscape : Summer Course

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Interested in learning about the Anthropology of Space, Place and the Landscape? Join Anthropology for All for a 10 week Summer Course.

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This 10 week course ranges beyond the discipline of Social Anthropology, to explore interdisciplinary aspects of cultural geography, philosophy, psychology, art and architectural history.  The content will enrich your theoretical and ethnographic understanding of the cross cultural meaning of space, place and the landscape within the built environment, and can be used for academic, personal and professional CPD use.

Each 2 hourly weekly session held from 6.30-8.30pm will be based on the following 10 week course outline:

Wk1: What is the Anthropology of Space and Place?

  • Course introductions. Defining space and place, and understanding spatial meanings from a western and cross cultural perspective.

Wk2: The Cross Cultural Meaning of Home

  • Addressing the wide ranging meaning of domestic space, from phenomenological lived experiences to cross cultural theoretical perspectives.

Wk3: Anthropology and 19thc Colonial photography

  • Research the Royal Anthropological Institute's Photographic Archive collection, to understand the relationship between race, science and 19thc evolutionary anthropology.

Wk4: Indigenous Space and the Landscape

  • A visual exploration of the film 'Embrace of the Serpent' (2015) which highlights the relationship between early 20thc ethnobotanists, indigenous shamans and the South American landscape.

Wk 5: Mapping and Indigenous Cartography

  • Understanding the anthropological definitions of wayfinding and the spatial meaning of indigenous cartography through ethnographic case studies and related theoretical debates.

Wk 6: Gendered Spaces

  • How is gendered space defined in society, and who sits where and why?

Wk7: Spaces of Power and Spatial Disruption

  • Explore the collective power and control of space within the city, from Urban design and prison spaces, to spatial disruption ranging from the toppling of public statues, to graffiti and Extinction Rebellion.

Wk8: Decorative Embellishment: Vernacular Art and Architecture

  • Why do different cultures decorate their walls and floors in different ways? Understand architectural vocabulary through ethnographic examples of tribal art and embellishment on sacred and domestic adobe buildings, from India to West Africa.

Wk9: Place to Placelessness

  • A discussion of the 21st C global migration and displacement of people to increasingly urban liminal spaces, reinforcing a sense of non space and placelessness.

Wk10: Online museum visit : Course conclusion.


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Yasmin completed a BA (Hons) in Social Anthropology and an MA in the History of South Asian Art and Architecture at SOAS, London University. This complemented her professional role as a museum educator and curator in the Learning and South Asian Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Her research interest in the social use of space, indigenous art and architecture was consolidated through ethnographic fieldwork in India, and latterly an interdisciplinary doctorate research degree in the Anthropology of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford. Yasmin has taught a variety of Social Anthropology modules at Birkbeck and University of Arts London, and is currently based at Goldsmiths, London University and City Lit. Inspired by her research, Yasmin curated a successful multicultural community exhibition and educational programme at the Harrow Arts Centre called the ‘Talking Streets’ (2016/17), to explore why different cultures decorate their walls and floors in different ways. She delivers a variety of cultural workshops and events, and is a freelance anthropology consultant and curator.

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