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"Housing Socialist Modernities: A Comparative Archaeology of Domesticity in (Post)Socialist Bucharest and Havana," by Iulia Statica, LASP Seminar Series, 16 April

Monday, April 16, 2018 at 12:15pm to 1:10pm

Uris Hall, 153 109 Tower Road, Ithaca, NY 14853

Housing Socialist Modernities presents a comparative investigation of the legacy of socialist mass housing built with Soviet technological support between the 1950s-1980s in cities in Eastern Europe and Latin America. The presentation will consider ways in which the domestic architecture of (post)socialist cities is understood and experienced in its relation to social, technological and political praxes, continuities of culture and tradition, and the deformations and ruptures effected by ideologies. Both Romania and Cuba underwent radical changes after the establishment of socialist regimes in 1947 and 1959. By placing these two cases in dialogue and context, the presentation will explore the manner in which domestic infrastructures were employed in the production of subjectivities. It examines the use of infrastructure as a political technology in communist and post-communist periods and addresses questions such as: How was domesticity produced and manifested in the interaction between the state’s regulatory mechanisms and people’s experience and appropriation of domestic infrastructure during the communist period? What is its legacy? And what is its effect on the production of domesticity in the contemporary post/late-communist period?

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Iulia Statica is a Visiting Scholar at the Latin American Studies Program, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. She completed her PhD at the Department of Architecture at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 2016. Her research interests focus on the discourses of material culture in (post)communist contexts, and the role of ideologies and their critique in architecture and urbanism. Between 2014-2015 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Toronto and prior to this was awarded the Fellowship in Architecture at the Romanian Academy in Rome (2012-14). In 2016 and 2017 she was invited by faculty at the Department of Architecture at Cornell University as a guest scholar for the seminar Cuba as Project: Urban, Political and Environmental Transformations of the Island as part of The Mellon Collaborative Studies in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities.

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Latino Studies Program, Architecture, Sociology, City and Regional Planning, Development Sociology, Latin American Studies Program (LASP), Global Cornell

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Iulia Statica

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Latin American Studies Visiting Scholar

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