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PROOF POSITIVE episode 2:6 / Carla Yanni

February 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

About Carla Yanni:
My area of specialization is the history of architecture in 19th- and 20th-century Britain and the United States. I am a social historian of architecture. For me, architectural history is not the study of great monuments or styles; it also embraces the intellectual, social, and cultural meanings of buildings. I promote the study of architectural history as a way of understanding a society’s values. In particular, my scholarship has focused on the relationship between architecture and the fields of science and medicine. A starting hypothesis for my work is that large, publically-funded buildings serve to legitimate ideas. In this way, architecture participates in the social construction of knowledge. In 2012, I served as co-director, with Stuart W. Leslie, (History of Science, Johns Hopkins University) for the Social Sciences Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Workshop on the intersection of architecture and science. This opportunity marked one of the highlights of my career, and I was honored that the SSRC would sponsor “The Spaces of Inquiry” as an important emerging field. Currently I am conducting research for a book on the architecture of dormitories and residence halls on college campuses; in this work, I propose that residence halls manifest ideas about student life, education, class, gender, race, and citizenship.

For more information about Professor Yanni and her work, as well as a list of selected publications, please click here.


February 25, 2013
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm