Research Methods in Landscape and Urban Studies: Towards sensory, creative, and imaginative methodologies

064-0018-22L – LUS Seminar SS 2022
Spring Semester 2022, Thursdays 10-12
Design in Dialogue Lab, ONA, Oerlikon, 2/3 ECTS


Abstract
This seminar aims to build upon the methodological innovations at the LUS professorial and mittlebau level that go beyond conventional methods in landscape and urban research. It draws upon creative, sensory, and imaginative directions in research practice such as filmmaking, art, and sonic and visual sensing to introduce methodological approaches that traverse disciplinary and research-practice boundaries. This seminar would survey some of the innovative research approaches being experimented with at the institute especially in its relevance to research practice. The seminar would aim to contextualise these approaches in relation to existing literature and help the participants apply them in their research methodologies. In order to acquire credit points, the seminar participants will be required to prepare one recommended reading each week, actively participate in discussions, and make one short presentation from their work during the semester. While primarily targeted at doctoral students, a limited number of master of advanced studies and master level students will be admitted in the seminar. The master level students applying for this seminar must submit a 150-word motivation statement explaining the relevance of the seminar to their past, ongoing, or future research interests.


All session readings can be accessed at the following Polybox link – https://polybox.ethz.ch/index.php/s/mgjxhnus7v5JT2g

Typical session structure:

Recap of previous session and introduction of new session and speaker (NB) (5 mins.)
Input lecture by an invited guest – 25-30 mins.
Discussion based on the input lecture – 15 mins.
Break – 10 mins.
Student Presentation – 15 mins.*/ Workshop based on mandatory reading
Discussion and Conclusion – 15 mins.

* Preference will be given to doctoral students. Time slots in sessions corresponding to the specific research interests of doctoral students can be pre-booked by sending an email to bathla@arch.ethz.ch.


Sessions

03.03.2022 Introduction – Landscape and Urban Studies of Different Kind Nitin Bathla

Recommended:

  • Against Method, P. Feyerabend (1975)
  • A Different Kind of Ethnography: Imaginative Practices and Creative Methodologies, Denielle Elliott and Dara Culhane (2017, University of Toronto Press).
  • Not Just Roads, film review in AAG Review of books, Momen El-Husseiny, AbdouMaliq Simone, Llerena Guiu Searle,D. Asher Ghertner & Sandra Jasper (2021). https://cogentoa.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/2325548X.2021.1960094

Optional:

10.03.2022 Cinema as research – The Methods of Audiovisual Ethnography Klearjos E. Papanicolaou

Recommended:

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17.03.2022 Sonic Research Ludwig Berger

Recommended:

  • Acoustemology, Steven Feld (2018).

Optional:

  • Soundmapping as critical cartography, Milena Droumeva, (2017).

31.03.2022 Farm Warfare: Environmental Coloniality in Gaza Shourideh Molavi

Recommended:

  • The slow violence of Israeli settler-colonialism and the political ecology of ethnic cleansing in the West Bank, Settler Colonial Studies, Saad Amira, (2021). DOI: 10.1080/2201473X.2021.2007747.

Optional:

  • Botanical Decolonization: Rethinking Native Plants in Environment and Planning D Society and Space, Tomaz Mastnak, Julia Elyachar, Tom Boellstorff, (2014)

07.04.2022 Surviving on the fringe: entangled methodologies Seppe De Blust and Michael Kaethler

Recommended:

  • Dancing Dirty on the Fringes: The Auto-Ethnographic Turn in Design. In L. Schouwenberg & M. Kaethler
  • The Auto-Ethnographic Turn in Design (pp. 48-59) M. Kaethler, (2021). Amsterdam: Valiz.

14.04.2022 The Dirt on Drawing Luke, Cara, Bonnie-Kate

Recommended:

  • Introduction & Ch. 1 of Reciprocal Landscapes by Jane E. Hutton (2020).

Optional:

  • Soil Times- the Pace of Ecological Care, by Maria Puig de la Bellacasa (2020).

28.04.2022 Spatializing our gaze: mapping what we see, what we feel, and what we would dream of. Towards a critical and experimental cartography Philippe Rekacewicz

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05.05.2022 ‘Knowledge In-Formation: Principles and Actions for Sustainable Future Cities’ Stephen Cairns

Recommended:

  • ‘Knowledge systems for sustainable development’, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 100 (4): 8086–91. Cash, David W., William C. Clark, Frank Alcock, Nancy M. Dickson, Noelle Eckley, David H. Guston, Jill Jäger, and Ronald B. Mitchell (2003). https://www.pnas.org/content/100/14/8086
  • Cairns, Stephen (2022). ‘Knowledge In-Formation: Principles and Actions for Sustainable Future Cities’, in Future Cities Lab: Indicia Vol. 3: xi-xiv.

12.05.2022 Camera-walks with the subject – Sensorial memories of Swiss colonial traces in Helvécia (Brazil) Denise Bertschi

Recommended:

  • Denise Bertschi, Gaping Absences: Where is Helvécia?, in: „Nature“, Pfeilmagazin, No 14, Montez Press, London, 2021

19.05.2022 Portrait of a Landscape – A phenomenological approach to landscape through the use of protocol and scenographic device Pierre-Philippe Hofmann

Recommended:

  • Introduction from Lefebvre, Henri. Rhythmanalysis: Space, time and everyday life. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013.