Race and the Architectural Humanities: How we (can) research, teach and learn – Bartlett History & Theory Forum 2022

Led by Dr. Tania Sengupta and Dr. Megha Chandra Inglis, we have recently just organised and hosted the 2022 Bartlett History & Theory Forum through a hybrid digital and physical event structure:

“Curated by The Bartlett School of Architecture’s Director of History and Theory, Tania Sengupta, along with Megha Chand Inglis and Jhono Bennett, the History and Theory Forum is being revived this year after a hiatus, particularly as part of collective action on urgent issues.

This year’s theme is ‘Race and the Architectural Humanities: How we (can) research, teach and learn’, understood broadly, and including the interactions of these themes with design and technologies. Reflecting on how these relationships shape or might shape research, design or other forms of practice and pedagogy through inclusive, anti-racist, socially equitable, environmentally just and culturally nuanced approaches. 

This online event – consisting of roundtables, show-and-tell presentations and conversations – is open to all Bartlett School of Architecture staff and students. The presenters include the school’s staff and students as well as key external researchers, designers, creative artists and activists. The forum will enable the school to gather as a community and share the varied efforts taken that address such questions and consider how we might transform our practices in fundamental and meaningful ways.

There is limited capacity to join the event in 6.04 at 22 Gordon Street. 

This event has been oranised by Tania Sengupta, Megha Chand Inglis and Jhono Bennett. The digital facilitator will be Maxwell Mutanda. Visual Design by Ecem Ergin. “

The full event programme can be downloaded here

The excellent graphic design work was undertaken by Ecem Egrin, while Maxwell Mutanda and I facilitated both a digital and physical summary space for the session and captured the day’s discussion live via a Miro Board.

Live Digital Scribbing of the full day

In addition I presented my own doctoral work through the specific focus on positionality and my research titled: Navigating the What-What: A situated Southern urban design inquiry around how

In all, the day was highly successful, and has placed a solid foundation to continue this work outwards into other areas of focus and dissemination across the school and wider faculty.

Graphic design work by Ecem Egrin