How do places manipulate our emotions? How are spaces affectious in their articulation and design? This book provides theoretical frameworks for exploring affective dimensions of architectural sites based on the notion that heritage, as an embodied experience, is embedded in places and spaces.
Drawing together an interdisciplinary collection of essays spanning geographically diverse architectural sites — including Ford’s Theater, the site of President Lincoln’s assassination; the Estadio Nacional of Santiago, Chile, where 12,000 detainees were held following the ouster of President Salvador Allende; and Unit 731, the site of a biological and chemical warfare research unit of the Imperial Japanese army in Harbin, China, amongst others — this edited collection assembles critical dialogue amongst scholars and practitioners engaging in affective and other more-than-representational approaches to cultural memory, heritage, and identity-making. Broken into three main sections: Affective Politics; Embedded Geographies; and Affective Methodologies, this book draws together multidisciplinary perspectives from the arts, social sciences and humanities to understand the role of architecture in generating embodied experiences at places of memory.
This book offers interdisciplinary perspectives on fundamental questions of memory, identity and space. It will be of interest to students and scholars in the fields of geography, architecture, cultural studies, and museum and heritage studies.
Table of Contents
"Affective Architectures: An Introduction"
Jacque Micieli-Voutsinas and Angela M. Person
Part 1: Affective Politics: Negotiating Identities in Places of Difficult Memory
1. "Give them more and more for their dollar": Searching for Slavery Amongst the Plantation Edutainment Complex
Amy E. Potter, Stephen P. Hanna, Perry L. Carter, and E. Arnold Modlin, Jr.
2. The Old/New Unit 731 Museum: A Place of Memory and Oblivion
3. Dwellers of Silence: Conflict and Affective Borderlands of the Estadio Nacional, Santiago de Chile
4. Toxic Landfills, Survivor Trees, and Dust Cloud Memories: More-than-Human Ecologies of 9/11 Memory
Jacque Micieli-Voutsinas and Julia Cavicchi
5. The Affect of Memorializing the Loss, the Affect of Losing the Memorial: Confederate War Monuments in New Orleans
Jocelyn Evans and Keith Gaddie
Part 2: Embedded Geographies: Negotiating the Affective in (Extra)Ordinary Landscapes
6. Memorializing Lincoln’s Life Where He Died
Colleen Prior, Aysha Preston, David McKenzie, Sarah Jencks, and Kenneth Foote
7. Body in the Forbidden City: Embodied Sensibilities and Lived Experience in the Imperial Architecture
8. Lamenting the Dead: The Affective Afterlife of Poets’ Graves
9. Colonial Unknowing and Affective Uncertainty: Sewers and Eels in Troy, New York
10. Placing Affective Architectures in Landscapes of Public Pedagogy at the University
Chris W. Post
Part 3: Affective Methodologies: Negotiating More-Than-Representational Approaches in Spatial Design
11. The Memory in Bodily and Architectural Making: Reflections from Embodied Cognitive Science
Andrea Jelić and Aleksandar Staničić
12. Architecture as Memorialisation: ‘Using’ Buildings to Remember the Shoah
13. Using Game Engines to Create Activist Spatial Experiences of the occupation of Palestine
14. Embedded Memories of Site at Woodford Academy, National Trust of Australia
Sarah Breen Lovett
15. Virtual Reality and Memorials: (Re)Building and Experiencing the Past
Tess Osborne and Phil Jones
Jacque Micieli-Voutsinas PhD is Assistant Professor of Museum Studies and Public History at the University of Central Oklahoma and Director of the Master of Arts Graduate Program in Museum Studies. Her research explores the cultural politics of place-making at sites of difficult heritage. She is also author of the forthcoming Routledge title Affective Heritage: Mining Memory, Mediating Trauma at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.
Angela M. Person is Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma. Her research looks at relationships between built environments and cultural memory. She is co-author of The Care and Keeping of Cultural Facilities and co-editor of Renegades: Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture.