The Spaces of History/History of Spaces conference scheduled for April 30, 2010 at University of California at Berkeley looks fascinating. Beginning with the framework of collaborative efforts to understand historical processes through space and the built environment and the writings of Lefebvre, Foucault, Gregory, Harvey, Soja and Latour, the conference seeks to answer several questions. In addition to seeking new approaches to studying the built environment, the conference will explore several pertinent questions, including:
How has the “spatial turn” in the humanities and social sciences transformed the ways in which history of the built environment is theorized and researched?
What are the potentials and biases in the use of particular research techniques and narrative forms?
How might such interrogations help us conceive new pedagogies for design and planning?
This conference is full of potential to further explore and understand the connections between the humanities, social sciences and the built environment, as well as refine methods for continued learning and discovery. The multidisciplinary and collaborative approach is extremely valuable and opens broad avenues of possibility. What will be interesting to see is how knowledge communicated and developed at this conference can be practically applied beyond academia.