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.


7: World History, Global History, Architecture with Anand Yang

In this podcast we discuss the countours, ambitions and politics of World History, especially in terms of material culture, with University of Washington historian Anand Yang. While focused on Anand's work on Indian Ocean trade and convict ship convoys that plied there during the colonial period. Our discussion covers connected topics such as subaltern studies, nationalism, the regional vs the global, convict labor and civil society, the Protestant work ethic and Big history. 


8: Apocaloptimism - Climate Change and global history with Daniel Barber

This week we discuss the GAHTC module on Climate and Global History with Daniel Barber,  Chair of the graduate Architecture group at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. discussion topics include: ecology in non-modernist cultures, tropical modernism, new narratives of ecological thinking, designing for discomfort, and architecture as the mediation between the infrastructural and the personal. Image: Victor and Aladar Olgyay at the Princeton Architectural Laboratory, c. 1955


9: How to Think the Global with Mark Jarzombek

In today's episode, we engage in a far-ranging and open-ended discussion on the question of the global with my longtime collaborator Mark Jarzombek. Circulating around the question of the larger agenda of the global, discussion topics include the modernity and its critiques, the nation-state and its limits, autobiography and its pitfalls, and what are the ways in which global thinking (dis)connects with deconstruction.


Coming soon!

GAHTC.org

GAHTC has hired 100Danish as the new web developer. The 100Danish team, led by Trevor Collins and his team will help s to improve the dissemination of our library content, while also digitally connecting our community of scholars.

We have a plan for the following website updates that we believe will not only be helpful to our community, but will importantly shore-up the long term sustainability of the site and its content.

  • Advanced Search: Imperative to the wide dissemination of our library content is the ability to efficiently search for and access materials. Our advanced search feature will provide users with the ability to search for content using three criteria: object of study, location and date. The search also has a filter allowing users to indicate exact time periods using a sliding scale. Results are then displayed on a rotating globe, with the most relevant results demarcated in red, and receding in color, in the style of a heat map. Users however are not required to input search criteria to view results. They may select the “Browse All” option, at which point our entire library content will be displayed on the globe, and users can spin, zoom, and click to discover new content.
  • Explore Teaching Material: This page allows users to browse our library content in a different manner, one not necessarily directed by search terms. Rather, relevant information, such as module title, author and abstract are displayed at a glance on a series of “cards” or “tiles”. This is a design change from the existing site. The display is more visual, accessible and interactive. The number of clicks needed to access module and lecture content have been reduced, providing users with quick and comprehensive access to our teaching library.
  • Map Builder: Many of our members have the need to create editable maps so as to best convey material visually. We have addressed that need by developing a Map Builder. Users can choose a location, then a display for the map, such as terrain, political boundaries, or satellite view.
  • Creating Custom Maps:The Map builder allows users to alter their map using basic edit functions, similar to those found in power point. Functions such as dropping locations pins, adding text and photos, as well as drawing a variety of shapes, and adjusting their opacity will allow users to customize their maps easily.


Recently Added Modules


Upcoming GAHTC Events

SAH, Seattle, WA, April-May 2020.


Recent GAHTC Events

European Architectural History Network & SAH New Zealand and Australia (SAHANZ), Sydney, AU, July 2019.

World History Association & Global Urban Humanities Project, "Decolonizing Architectural History," Paper Session, San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 2019.

SAH, Providence, RI, April 2019

  • We hosted a full day Teacher-to-Teacher workshop on globalizing your teaching content, open to all SAH members.
  • We conducted a round-table on the subject of “Globalizing Architectural HistoryEducation.”
  • We chaired a GAHTC session titled “The Untold Histories of the Peripheral Architecture and Cities.”
  • Eliana presented on the topic of Global History at the first SAH Colloquium “Vectors of Change: Emerging Challenges in the Study of the Built Environment.”

GAHTC Members' Conference, Miami, FL, April 2019.


AHA, Chicago, Panel and Exhibitor, January, 2019.

College Arts Association (CAA), "The GAHTC and Globalizing Architectural History," Paper Session, New York, NY, January 2019.

"Curating a GAHTC Syllabus," Workshop, World History Association. Milwaukee, WI, June 2018.


"Pedagogical Approaches to Re-Centering the Architectural Canon," Round Table, Vernacular Architecture Forum. Alexandria, VA, May 2018.


"Curating a GAHTC Syllabus," Workshop, NERWHA, Cambridge, MA, April 2018.


“GAHTC Roundtable," Roundtable, Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference. Glasgow, Scotland, June 2017.


“Are We Teaching Global Yet?” Roundtable, Society of Architectural Historians  Annual Conference. St. Paul, MN, April 2018.


“Global Education: Pedagogy and Reality.” Paper Session, American Association of Geographers. New Orleans, LA, April 2018.


“The New Global: Architectural History Education and the Ethics of Millennial Citizenship." Paper Session, ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture). Denver, CO, March 2018.


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. Southern African Formations of Spatial Culture
  4. Soviet Constructivism: ‘Design and Politics’ and ‘Utopia in Tatters’
  5. The African City: A Global Architectural History
  6. Church Architecture in the Principality of Moldova, 1457-­‐1600
  7. West African Modernism
  8. Indigenous Architectures and the Living Landscape of North America
  9. Oceania’s Pathways: Voyaging and Vernacular Architecture
  10. Gothicness
  11. Continuity and Change in the Architecture of Sub-Saharan Africa
  12. Asian Architecture on the Cultural Borders   
  13. The Quintessence of Pre-Columbian Cities
  14. Place-Making and World Seeking on the Swahili Coast
  15. The Forgotten Women of WWII Architecture
  16. Japanese Architecture
  17. Parallel Lives: A Biographical Approach to Early Modern Architecture
  18. The Global History of Synagogues
  19. Etruscan Architecture in a Global Context: Life, Death and Transition
  20. The Politics of Social Housing is Inter-War and Post-War Turkey


Emerging Scholars Grants

  1. Globalizing the Video Architectural History Timeline Project
  2. Taverns and Temples
  3. Persian Gardens
  4. Armenian Churches
  5. A Global Historiography of Persian Architecture: The Making and Breaking of Cultural Heritage


Untargeted Field Initiated Grants

  1. Port Cities Between Global Networks and Local Transformations
  2. Wood Architecture in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Scandinavia
  3. Mobile Architectures
  4. Architectural Representations
  5. Spirit Roads: From Roads and Tracks to Other Worldly Connections
  6. Educational Sites in the Islamic World


Global Connections Fellowship

  1. Globalizing Asian Histories
  2. Our North is the South: Intercultural Processes in Latin American Architecture 
  3. A Global Sea: An Architectural of History of the Caribbean