Conversation Rooms: Critical Dialogues in Architectural History and Theory at the GSA, Johannesburg

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This paper discusses Architectural History and Theory at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg in 2019. The curriculum is centered on a series of conversations as the means to generate forms of engagement for a plurality of voices, contested views and dialogic encounters, as a way of working toward an alternative institutional imaginary. The focus on conversation and dialogue aims to create a space for slow and shared scholarship, to become a manifestation of spatial resistance to the imperatives of the neoliberal university and global economies of higher education. This paper discusses some of the key conceptual and practical moves undertaken in the development of a new history and theory course through examples of student work. The paper points to inclusive and reflexive pedagogical methods and modes of collaboration as central to resistance, and as the means that enable generative and supportive networks across geographic and institutional boundaries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-237
Number of pages20
JournalArchitecture and Culture
Issue number2
Early online date22 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2021


  • architectural pedagogy
  • architectural theory
  • architecture
  • postcolonialism
  • race


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