The workshop is on Wednesday, June 22 and Thursday, June 23, 2:00–7:30 pm Central Daylight Time (CDT)

This SAH GAHTC workshop will focus on the ways in which educators question identities in various global contexts. Building upon past GAHTC workshops and conferences that have interrogated “race” and “racial identity” in mostly North American contexts, the event seeks a broader understanding of the multiple interpretations of identity globally, inclusive of non-Western contexts and histories, such as “ethnicity”, “culture”, “identity”, “hybridity,” and “indigeneity”. The workshop aims to foster more complex understandings of how these constructions and representations intersect with other identity categories such as class, gender, sexual orientation, language, color, nationality, First Nations identification and the cultural, historical and socio-political forces that shape them. Responding to recent movements in architectural education and scholarship, this two-day workshop will explore the global material manifestations of identities through building practices, public spaces and their histories. Among topics covered are the lasting visible impacts of settler colonialism, colonization, imperialism, global capitalism and national and international interests, and how these are received in varied localities across different time periods and cultural contexts. The overall aim is to emphasize historical and social forces over individual genius and national narratives by encouraging thematic approaches that involve students and communities in the co-creation of different approaches and methodologies to understanding the mechanics behind identity politics and its entanglements within built environments.

The two-day workshop will be divided into panel discussions. The first day, participants will discuss how group identities and political agendas have shaped architecture and its histories in their curricula. The second day participants will discuss how intellectual framings explored in their own work can be translated into classroom activities. The speakers will give 12-minute presentations and will also contribute to all themes in smaller breakout rooms that will foster participatory discussions after speaker presentations. Participants will have an opportunity to directly apply insights from the workshops by working on an existing syllabus of their own (or one provided at the workshop).

The workshop will be limited to 30 graduate students and emerging scholars to ensure full participation by all attendees. Students should submit a statement of interest (up to 250 words) and a two-page CV. The selection process will prioritize students who would benefit most from participating in the workshop. In its registration process, SAH will reserve one third of the registration spots for graduate students pursuing degrees at institutions outside of North America, to create a more international group of participants.

Limited to 30 participants. Graduate students and emerging scholars interested in participating in this workshop will need to submit an application by June 12.