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|SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2023 • 10:00 AM TO 5:00 PM • ROOM 56-114
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Throughout history, states and empires have used architecture to subdue and defend against nomadic peoples perceived as troublesome and threatening. Architectural history tends to read such building projects solely as evidence of top-down state control, and to position nomadism and permanent architecture as mutually exclusive. This symposium contests these narratives, highlighting the diversity of building practices among nomadic communities and the nuanced ways in which nomads engage with and respond to state building projects. Through papers offered by historians, anthropologists, architects, and artists, with a global focus spanning North America, Scandinavia, the Middle East, and Asia, this symposium uses architecture as a lens onto understanding and reframing nomad-state relations in the past and present.
Illustration: ‘The Giant Lavvu Syndrome’ by Joar Nango depicts the artist’s observation of the use of the Sámi lavvu architectural typology by architects of non-Sámi heritage and the resulting reduction of Sámi culture and heritage to a single architectural symbol. © Joar Nango.