Integrative Seminar

03.09.2016

Our next project for Integrative Seminar/Studio, entitled Bizarre Bazaar, looks at the ways in which we engage with our city spaces through popular markets. We often see markets as areas of trade and commerce but market spaces are the pulse of any city – languages, culture, impressions, histories and stories converge in the market. Our project celebrates these market spaces through an engagement with communities, people, languages and commerce.

We have chosen markets that are known for a particular thing – whether it is fabric or beads, vegetables or animals, flee markets and paper; these markets speak about the best and the worst of our cities. Students are encouraged to encounter these places and dig past the first impressions drawing out and teasing the nature of the city itself.

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Oral Narratives (Sophomore LA)

Stories I Hear

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The weekend before I taught my first class for the Sophomore Year on Oral Narratives, I looked out of my window and saw this: A giant procession of women carrying coconuts on their heads, following a palki with the local deity of the area. Processions are a time to share our stories, to remember the moments of personal and religious histories.

Oral narratives and shared stories such as this one, are excellent examples of movement and time, memory that is collective and the creation of the collective identities of people and culture.

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