Space is Society - October 2018 Session

Sun 14 Oct - Tue 23 Oct' 18

A two week long academic session on how we think about space, its relationships with society. 14th - 24th October, Sunday-Wednesday 17:30-19:30, at DHANMONDI road 7A. Open for anyone to apply.

Space is both the basis and frontier of social life. In navigating space, we inhabit the world. Space is not given, it is constructed. Space is conceived, imagined and lived. Space is also contested, partitioned and privileged. Architects understand space in a way different than real estate developers or even geographers. Mathematicians conceive a space different from the one imagined by sociologists and anthropologists. In the diversity of how we conceive of and produce space, it is critical that we understand each other’s standpoints so that we may enrich our how we inhabit the world. We need to ask: How can we humanize space? How can we organize space for the benefit and equality for all? How can we think of intersecting spaces of habitation and ecology?

Space is fundamentally multifaceted and multidimensional. The space around us have more dimensions beyond the physical objects that define our visual fields. Societies, cities, neighborhoods, culture, gender, universal accessibility, and several other tacit elements shape our spatial reality. Whether we practice as architects and planners, or engage in issues of social justice and legal rights, we need to create a discourse around the changes, tensions and negotiations in the facets of space so that we may prepare a holistic understanding for the future.

Speakers from different disciplines, from science and social justice, to architecture, art, and cinema, will speak about their work, ideas and viewpoints on space. 

Confirmed speakers so far

Scholar in urban studies Kirsten Hackenbroch
Professor in the Department of Geography at the London School of Economics Kasia Paprocki
Turkish architectural photographer Cemal Emden
Architect and noted academic Shamsul Wares
Environmentalist and social activist Khushi Kabir   
Lawyer and environmental activist Syeda Rizwana Hasan
Architect Salauddin Ahmed and Artist Dhali al Mamoon

It will be a two weeks long program with 8 days of activities, that includes seminar lectures and discussion forums.

Eligibility: Anyone with a minimum bachelor’s degree or a final-year undergraduate studentship from any discipline may apply (subject to selection).
Time: 8 days of activities between 14th to 24th October, 2018. Generally Sunday to Wednesday, 17:30 – 19:30. Check the Schedule.
Location: Dhanmondi, Road 7A, House 60, Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Bidyapeeth [Map]
Application Deadline: [Extended] 12th October, Friday, 23:55.
Application Fee: *300 BDT, for new applicants only.
Subscription Charge:  *8,000 BDT (subsidised).
*All payments are payable online only. Application fee is non-refundable.

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