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18:30 - 21:00 28 February 2013

The Political Unconscious of Architecture: book launch and panel discussion


Ground Floor | UCL Royal Ear Hospital (link Map)
Capper Street (corner of Huntley Street) | London | WC1E 6AP |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge
Ticketing: Open

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Nadir Lahiji, University of Pennsylvania
David Cunningham, University of Westminster
Donald Kunze, Penn State University
Jane Rendell, Bartlett UCL
Robin Wilson, Bartlett UCL
Camillo Boano, DPU, UCL
Douglas Spencer, Theorist; Critic

Thirty years have passed since the publication of Fredric Jameson’s The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act, in which he insisted that ‘there is nothing that is not in the last analysis political’.

Nadir Lahiji’s edited collection The Political Unconscious of Architecture (Ashgate 2011), explores the legacy of Jameson’s critical project of the ‘political unconscious’ and its application in architecture and urbanism.

In an evening of presentation and discussion, we will be asking such questions as: Is architecture a place to stage ‘class struggle’? What role does the political unconscious play in critiques of the built environment? And how do the terms ‘the critical’ and ‘the negative’ currently function in the discourse of architecture?


Laura Hirst
0207 679 1890 | l.hirst@ucl.ac.uk


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