The biennial Dissertation Colloquium brings together a select group of doctoral students from diverse institutional and disciplinary backgrounds working on dissertation topics related to the history, theory, and criticism of American architecture, urbanism, and landscape. 

The Buell Conference on the History of Architecture brings together scholars in architectural and urban history to discuss topics in architecture, urbanism, and modernity as broadly understood.

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February 3, 2023, 12pm


This conversation highlights new approaches to the history of the intertwining of law, visual culture, and land—and the benefits of cross-disciplinary, cross-geographic and cross-historical comparison and collaboration. Mabel Wilson (Columbia University) will present from her new project, Building Race and Nation, which examines how enslaved labor was employed to construct early government architecture and urbanism in the Middle Atlantic States on land dispossessed from Indigenous nations. This work intersects with narratives of racialization in Brenna Bhandar’s (University of British Columbia) work, in particular with her critique of “the possession of the self and land” that is central to the settler colonial project.

Organized as one of the  “Conversations on Architecture and Land in and out of the Americas” by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at GSAPP