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PROOF POSITIVE episode 2:7 / Joy Knobluch

March 12, 2013 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

“Proof Positive, founded in 2011 by the History and Theory PhD students, is an informal seminar consisting of a series of discussions with academics from both inside and outside of the University of Michigan. The invited scholars are asked to make explicit the ways in which they produce discursive scholarly work. The discussion is framed around two pre-circulated texts, one written by the presenter and another of their choosing that informs their working methods and research interests. Proof Positive episodes are open to all doctoral students and faculty. Other interested parties are encouraged, and should e-mail Joss Kiely (jossk@umich.edu) with questions, for more information, and/or to receive the readings electronically.”

Joy Knoblauch’s research interests include design and the human sciences, and the interaction between architecture, government and population. Previous research produced a study of the newly softened institutional environments of the Great Society era in the United States which served as sites of biopolitical research, shaping a new direction for the discipline of architecture toward an enriched understanding of the heterogeneous occupants of architecture. Her current research concerns the neo-functionalist diagrams used to design postwar hospitals and a study of fear of crime and its impact on urban design, both of which will be presented at conferences this year. Dr. Knoblauch earned her PhD in the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University in the School of Architecture. She also has a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University, a Master of Environmental Design from the Yale University School of Architecture and has worked in architecture offices in Ithaca, New York and San Francisco, California. Knoblauch’s research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Centre Canadien D’Architecture and the Fellowship of Woodrow Wilson Scholars. Previously, she taught History and Theory of Urban Design as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP).

Space is not limited, but due to the dinner service, you are kindly requested to RSVP to jossk@umich.edu or by replying directly to this e-mail. Thank you!


March 12, 2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm