Anthropology of Space, Place and the Built Environment
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During this cross cultural course we critically analyse several academic debates associated with the Anthropology of Space, Place and the Built Environment from different theoretical and philosophical perspectives. Initially we define Western concepts of space, and the use of spatial linguistics and metaphors, which challenge preconceived notions of the way we experience our spatial world. Students will explore the subjective meaning of home from a phenomenological perspective of space as memory, lived experience and a place of pause. We address the objectification and western gaze of colonial spaces in contrast to a comparative understanding of local, indigenous concepts of space, place, and the natural landscape. Within our built environment how do houses communicate through ritual decoration, what does the vocabulary say and to whom? Ever questioned gendered space and explored who sits where and why? In daily life, how do we now define our personal space and bodily boundaries, pre and post the global impact of the covid-19 pandemic? Within our globalised world, we additionally explore the increasing concept of marginalised, non-spaces of displacement and cultural identity.

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