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  1. Emplacing Time: Photography, Location, and the Cinematic Moment (Idea of Place – Slides) [Download]

    Title: Emplacing Time: Photography, Location, and the Cinematic Moment (Idea of Place – Slides)
    Creator: Zambenedetti, Alberto
    Description: Cinema, arguably the time-based medium that is most synonymous with modernity, is also an art form of place, in that it records it in time and, in the best circumstances, it stores it through time. If, as Michel De Certeau famously remarked, “space is a practiced place,” then cinema is the memory of that practice, it is the archive of that transformation: cinema, in other words, emplaces time. Moreover, because of its physical properties, film is also an archival object whose very existence is challenged by the passing of time. In recent years, the ways in which cinema emplaces time have become the subject of a dual contemplation on the part of a generation of photographers who, in their projects, re-photograph cinema’s loci—from movie palaces to film locations. With this in mind, this paper will examine the work of Ryerson University graduate Christopher Maloney, who in his ongoing project FILMography ( http://philmfotos.tumblr.com
    ) travels the world to produce photographs that include stills of the original films. The Canadian photographer’s work will be discussed in relation to the 2012 installation INTERVAL (AFTER INTERVALS)( http://michaellightborne.businesscatalyst.com/interval-(after-intervals).html
    ) by British artist Michael Lightborne, which includes photographs of the locations for Peter Greenaway’s 1969 short film Intervals as well as the original film. These cinematic pilgrimages underscore cinema’s innate relationship with place, while they also highlight the changes that occurred in the time that intervened since production, revealing the instability of the filmic object as one of time as well as in time.
    Subjects: Photography, Cinema, Location Studies, Temporality
    Date Created: 2017/07/27
  2. Women’s Writings/Women Re-writing (Social Spaces) [Download]

    Title: Women’s Writings/Women Re-writing (Social Spaces)
    Creator: Mansoureh Modarres
    Description: Sandra Zagarell (1988) introduces “narratives of community” as texts that are constructed around central social structures, and can be thought of as textual manifestation of communities. These communities are represented in the form of social institutions and normative rules that individuals seem obliged to follow in order to either fit in, or else be labelled as outsiders of the community. While formal institutions, in the form of its official social institutions and hegemonic narratives, provide the rules for the extent and ways of individuals' participation in the community, informal institutions, often made up by the community members’ personal interpretation of those institutions, can greatly affect individuals’ gender identity. This study will explore the dynamics of a community’s homogenizing attempts in confining and predetermining the gender roles and identity of a female individual as depicted in Alice Munro’s "Princess Ida", in its labelling the resistant female character as "eccentric". It will further examine the ways in which female character as the eccentric, in turn, is able to affect her male-centered community, challenging and resisting gendered values and narratives by weaving out her personal way of being in the world.
    Subjects: Women's writing, Institutions, social spaces, Language Games, Narratives, Eccentricity, Comparative Literature, Social norms
    Date Created: 2017
  3. What Would Jane Jacobs Do? Protecting Public Space in The Dark Age (PPT) [Download]

    Title: What Would Jane Jacobs Do? Protecting Public Space in The Dark Age (PPT)
    Creator: Kristine Kowalchuk
    Description: The best public spaces, Jane Jacobs emphasized, are those that develop organically, over time, and serve mixed uses. These spaces cannot be artificially created and are never “complete,” but rather experience a constant process of incremental change, gradually accumulating layers of meaning. They are thus central to a community’s culture, sense of identity and belonging, and physical and mental wellbeing. Yet, because they take shape slowly and quietly, and perhaps even because they so seamlessly fit into the community, they can be taken for granted. And because their value cannot be directly measured, and because they are complex and hard to define in terms of meaning and even spatial boundaries, they are difficult to defend against threatened replacement by grand, “city-building” projects. This was as true in Jane Jacobs’s times as it is in our own. Yet winning protection of these spaces—which are arguably increasingly important to provide a sense of rootedness amidst the rapid pace of change of the twenty-first-century—is perhaps more complicated than it was in Jane Jacobs’s time due to the very things she predicted in her last book, Dark Age Ahead (2004): breakdown of community and family; decay of higher education; inability to discern credible science; disintegration of tax systems and government responsiveness to citizen's needs; and lack of self-regulation by the learned professions. This presentation will analyze a case study of the Cloverdale Footbridge in Edmonton—a popular public space whose demolition for an LRT line is underway—and apply Jane Jacobs’s thinking in an attempt to provide a framework for winning protection of such spaces in this Dark Age.
    Subjects: public space, urbanism, Jane Jacobs, Edmonton, transportation, footbridge
    Date Created: 2017/17/16
  4. What Would Jane Jacobs Do? Protecting Public Space in The Dark Age [Download]

    Title: What Would Jane Jacobs Do? Protecting Public Space in The Dark Age
    Creator: Kristine Kowalchuk
    Description: The best public spaces, Jane Jacobs emphasized, are those that develop organically, over time, and serve mixed uses. These spaces cannot be artificially created and are never “complete,” but rather experience a constant process of incremental change, gradually accumulating layers of meaning. They are thus central to a community’s culture, sense of identity and belonging, and physical and mental wellbeing. Yet, because they take shape slowly and quietly, and perhaps even because they so seamlessly fit into the community, they can be taken for granted. And because their value cannot be directly measured, and because they are complex and hard to define in terms of meaning and even spatial boundaries, they are difficult to defend against threatened replacement by grand, “city-building” projects. This was as true in Jane Jacobs’s times as it is in our own. Yet winning protection of these spaces—which are arguably increasingly important to provide a sense of rootedness amidst the rapid pace of change of the twenty-first-century—is perhaps more complicated than it was in Jane Jacobs’s time due to the very things she predicted in her last book, Dark Age Ahead (2004): breakdown of community and family; decay of higher education; inability to discern credible science; disintegration of tax systems and government responsiveness to citizen's needs; and lack of self-regulation by the learned professions. This presentation will analyze a case study of the Cloverdale Footbridge in Edmonton—a popular public space whose demolition for an LRT line is underway—and apply Jane Jacobs’s thinking in an attempt to provide a framework for winning protection of such spaces in this Dark Age.
    Subjects: public space, urbanism, Jane Jacobs, Edmonton, transportation, footbridge
    Date Created: 2017/17/16
  5. Call for Papers: The Idea of Place, Space and Culture 20th Anniversary Special ISsue [Download]

    Title: Call for Papers: The Idea of Place, Space and Culture 20th Anniversary Special ISsue
    Creator: Rob Shields
    Description: Call for Papers
    Subjects: Call for Papers
    Date Created: 2017/07/01
  6. Proceedings Conference Volume [Download]

    Title: Proceedings Conference Volume
    Creator: Rob Shields
    Description: Upload instructions for conference proceedings. Online volume hosted by ERA
    Subjects: Conference, ideaofplace.com, The Idea of Place
    Date Created: 2017/07/01
  7. Power point slides for Carnival to Conflict presentation [Download]

    Title: Power point slides for Carnival to Conflict presentation
    Creator: Jeff Stepnisky
    Description: From November 2013 to February 2014 Ukrainian's, protesting the government of President Victor Yanukovych, barricaded themselves in Kyiv's central square, the Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square). Over these months the space became what some observers have called a "city within a city." It developed a self-sustaining infrastructure (people lived on the square), an identity, and most important to this paper, a spirit, or atmosphere distinct from that beyond the barricades. I argue that this atmosphere was an important component of Maidan. It provided an affective grounding that both attracted people to the square, and helped to generate a form of life unique to the Maidan. Following arguments developed by atmosphere theorists (e.g. Theresa Brennan, Gernöt Bohme, Peter Sloterdijk), I say that atmosphere is neither subjective nor objective, but a container, or greenhouse, that emerges out of the interaction between people and objects. It is at once produced through these interactions, but also feeds back to produce these interactions. The paper uses on empirical materials to demonstrate how participants created the atmosphere of Maidan.
    Subjects: Ukraine, Atmosphere, Euromaidan
    Date Created: 2017
  8. Rimetea village - the imagined and the real village [Download]

    Title: Rimetea village - the imagined and the real village
    Creator: Alexandra Florea
    Subjects: village, identity
    Date Created: June 2017
  9. Rimetea_Idea of place final presentation.pdf [Download]

    Title: Rimetea_Idea of place final presentation.pdf
    Creator: aflorea@deakin.edu.au
    Subjects: Village, imaginary place
    Date Created: June 2017
  10. Genius Loci in the Virtual – Idea of Place Conference [Download]

    Title: Genius Loci in the Virtual – Idea of Place Conference
    Creator: Andreas Siess
    Description: Digital locations occupy an increasing part of our everyday life. It is time to examine how places in virtual environments can be a valid replacement for their counterparts from the material world without being a plain reproduction. In this essay the ancient idea of the Genius Loci is introduced as a framework for a new theory of virtual aesthetics that obtains its raison d'être through the analysis between a new socio-natural force and a new interpretation of architecture as designing of space.
    Subjects: virtual reality, VR, genius loci, aesthetic, architecture, urban
    Date Created: 05/29/2017