GAHTC Podcasts

The objective of the GAHTC podcasts is to introduce various modules within the GAHTC. Rather than a summary of the contents of the Module, the podcast will engage the voice of the team leader, with the objective of gaining a sense of the underlying intentions and interests of the module. This should help clarify and establish the intellectual aim of GAHTC, as its authors search for new epistemic horizons, along with providing the teaching materials themselves.


1: The Architecture of First Societies with Mark Jarzombek 

MIT Professor Mark Jarzombek discusses his GAHTC module on the Architecture of First Societies, establishing the importance of thinking architecture beyond established canons based on cities and technology. Instead he argues the origins of architecture in the ‘social package’ and in the representational networks of ‘modeling’.


2: Crossroads of Civilizations: The Medieval Mediterranean with Carla Keyvanian 

Carla Keyvanian, Associate Professor of Architecture at Auburn University, talks about her module for GAHTC that looks at the ‘Medieval’ architecture as a product of the complex cultural crossroads of the Mediterranean, that includes Islamic, African and diverse Christian forces, rather than just a ‘Romanesque’ evolution. Topics include Byzantium, Armenia, Umayyads, and Córdoba. We also discuss the Crusades and their abiding influence on contemporary conflicts.


3: Global Modernism with Tom Avermaete 

Tom Avermaete and I discuss his GAHTC module, co-authored with Michelangelo Sabatino, on the historiography of mid-century modernism. Entitled "The Global Turn" the six lectures of their module articulate an alternative history of modernism as a network of collaborations cultivated in the context of the decolonizing world. Discussion topics include (post)colonial modernism, multi-layered collaborations, migration and housing, modernism and neoliberalism, Chandigarh, Casablanca and the 'commons' in the city.


4: On the Peripheries of Contact in Medieval Central Asia with Manu P. Sobti 

Dr. Manu P. Sobti, Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Director of the Higher Degree Research Program at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, discusses his co-authored GAHTC module, Peripheries of Contact, which explores the architecture and urbanism created by migrant populations who traversed Central Asia and engaged with 'settled' peoples at the edges of their world. We discuss migration, loss and memory; graphic design, photography and cultural landscapes; the Mongols, Timurs, Uzbeks, Russians, Delhi Sultanates and Islamic identity in the medieval times.


5: Camels, Horses and Other Technologies of Global Communication with Shundana Yusaf 

Camels, ships, roads, railways, electricity.....This week we talk with Shundana Yusaf, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Utah, and discuss the concept and approach to her fascinating co-authored GAHTC module about architecture and the technologies of transportation and communication. Her research has looked at topics as rich and wide ranging as the BBC and Empire in the age of wireless communication as well as Sufi shrines and hyperconnectivity. 


6: Global Materials and Techniques of Islamic Architecture with Christian Hedrick

We talk with Architectural historian Christian Hedrick, currently working at the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT as a researcher, visiting lecturer at the School of Architecture at Northeastern University and GAHTC contributor, about the intersection of Islamic architecture with culturesin India, China, North Africa, and Europe. We explore ideas of global exchange, translation and transformation of Islamic forms and materials, such as the pointed arch, as well as brick, stucco, and ornamental ceramic tiles and techniques like haft-rangī. We touch on ideas of Orientalism, and the circulation and representation of Islamic visual material culture in the Abbasid empire and Ummayad dynasty.


Recently Added Modules


Upcoming GAHTC Events

WHA, Annual Conference Milwaukee, Syllabus Workshop, June 22 &23, 2018

AHA, Chicago, Panel and Exhibitor, January 3-6, 2019


Coming soon!

Submit your paper to the GAHTC session at SAH 2019!

Session Title: The Untold Histories of Peripheral Architecture and Cities

CFP

The study of Architectural history established in the late 19th century was based on the distinction between East and West, with analysis rooted in the West­–namely, England–and its gaze falling upon the rest. This form of paradigmatic analysis placed the West at the core, setting the rest, by default, as the periphery. As the field developed, intellectual attitudes began to recognize the built object as capable of conveying the story of the culture and people of a place. While the architecture of the West, or core, was identified as classic and nationalistic, the architecture of the periphery, placed in direct comparison, was labeled as native and primitive.

Recognizing the limitations of such a categorical analysis, the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative (GAHTC) set out to gather and curate a library of the architectural histories of the periphery to re-center those peripheries and tell those stories. The goal of the GAHTC–and, by extension, this session–is to explore the untold architectural histories of the periphery to counter all those histories that were projected onto various sites, skewed by the cultural aim and intellectual attitudes of their critics. These projected histories eschew the complex flows of people and ideas in the production of architectural objects and cities.

This session invites papers that tell the stories and histories of the periphery rather than the canonical center, thus expanding the discussion of non-canonical architecture and places beyond the labels of everyday, vernacular, indigenous. By decentralizing the critique this session de-sensationalizes non-western architecture, freeing it from a tautological identity as non-classical, primitive, and exotic. In particular, papers that explore the porous connections between people, places, and the global fluidity of ideas in the production of architecture and cities are welcome. Papers that explore methodological strategies for marginalized histories are also, strongly encouraged.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Abstracts must be under 300 words.
  2. The title cannot exceed 65 characters, including spaces and punctuation.
  3. Abstracts and titles must follow the Chicago Manual of Style.
  4. Only one abstract per conference by author or co-author may be submitted. 
  5. A maximum of two (2) authors per abstract will be accepted. 

Abstracts are to be submitted online using the link below.

SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT


Map Builder Tool 

This tool will be embedded into our website and will allow any member to create a map, save that map to their profile, and share their map in a map gallery on GAHTC.org. Working with a designer and cartographer, we are developing the map builder to have a number of basic base maps to choose from (political boundaries, satellite imagery, terrain, etc.) with a toolbar to allow for members to draw, lines, points, circles, rectangles, irregular shapes and text. 

Syllabus Maker & Advanced Search 

The syllabus maker will allow members to construct a course syllabus entirely of GAHTC content. To this end, our web developer will build an advanced search function that allows users to narrow their search by geography, with the search results shown on a 3D globe. Search result relevance will be designated through a heat map. Members can pick items from their results to add to their syllabus or have the system generate a syllabus based on the number of lectures they have selected.  


Current Modules in the Works

Targeted Acquisition Grants

  1. Between Constantinople and Karakorum: The Architecture of Pre-Modern Russia
  2. Global Conservation: Preservation, Reuse and Sustainability
  3. Architectural Links Between the Islamic World and Latin America
  4. Sites and Systems of Indigenous North America (Pre-Columbian Cites and Settlements): The Olmec, Zaptotecs and Mixtecs of Oaxaca, the Mayan of the Yucatan, and the Puebloans of the San Juan and Colorado River Basins
  5. Iranian Domesticity in a Global Context
  6. Southern African Formations of Spatial Culture
  7. Japanese Architecture: History Through Production Systems 
  8. Soviet Constructivism: ‘Design and Politics’ and ‘Utopia in Tatters’
  9. The African City: A Global Architectural History
  10. Church architecture in the Principality of Moldova, 1457-­‐1600
  11. West African Modernism
  12. Indigenous Architectures and the Living Landscape of North America
  13. Oceania’s Pathways: Voyaging and Vernacular Architecture
  14. Gothicness
  15. Continuity and Change in the Architecture of Sub-Saharan Africa

  16. Shaping Place in Mesoamerica

  17. Asian Architecture on the Cultural Borders   

  18. The Quintessence of Pre-Columbian Cities


Research-to-Teaching Grants

  1. The Architecture of Public Housing in the Cold War Middle East: The Example of Iran (1948-68)
  2. Patron Kings of Hindu Temples


Emerging Scholars Grants

  1. Globalizing the Video Architectural History Timeline Project


Untargeted Field Initiated Grants

  1. Technologies of Movement (Part III)
  2. Port Cities Between Global Networks and Local Transformations
  3. Wood Architecture in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Scandinavia
  4. Mobile Architectures
  5. Spanish Translation of "A Global History of Islamic Architecture"
  6. History by Timecuts
  7. What is Art Deco?

Global Connections Fellowship
  1. Globalizing Asian Histories


Teacher-to-Teacher Workshop

  1. Globalizing the Theory Survey Workshop