Summer 2019- Identity

Hostile Architecture: Alienating Identities in Urban Spaces

Hostile Architecture: Alienating Identities in Urban Spaces

Rather than dealing with difficult issues like homelessness, hostile design simply puts them out of sight and out of mind. It pushes those deemed unworthy of belonging to the “public” to the fringes, drawing a clear line that marks who belongs in our shared spaces and who does not.

Can the Vietcong speak?: Opposing the Vietnam War from Paris

Can the Vietcong speak?: Opposing the Vietnam War from Paris

If we let the Vietnamese speak for themselves, we realize that we need to call a spade a spade: it was not only an act of American aggression in which the US tries to step into the shoes of the old imperial powers of Europe. The synthesis reached by Nguyen, Hoang, and many of the anti-war student movements in Paris – between communism, anticolonialism, and an opposition to the war –succeeded in implicating the US as such.


Commodified Feminism and the Female Body: A Case Study of Bulletin

Commodified Feminism and the Female Body: A Case Study of Bulletin

In the context of the capitalist marketplace, one can argue that the feminism projected in Bulletin’s retail setting is not feminism at all, but rather a combination of signs and a culmination of associations that suggest a depoliticized, but feminist-branded feel. The aesthetically pleasing products of Bulletin are powerful, however, because they provide consumers the language to think about social and political ideas, which consumers then use to construct and solidify their own decontextualized feminist identities.

Make Way for the Emperor of Japan: The United States

Make Way for the Emperor of Japan: The United States

Japan has a family-like structure in which everyone strives to obey and respect the Emperor, who is the head of this national family. According to Maruyama, he keeps the balance and without him, the family structure would be dismantled. However, this form has been deeply embedded in culture since 1868 and has kept its course even when the Emperor renounced his divinity. This paved the way for the United States to adopt the Emperor-like image that was necessary in the cultural seams of Japan.

Caspian Childhood: How I Came to Eat Caviar like Cereal

Caspian Childhood: How I Came to Eat Caviar like Cereal

For my mother, caviar was not a luxury food, but a standard. Those blue-stacked, neatly-dressed tins sitting in abundance were universally adored in her time of strife. “Caviar was not a delicacy but a way of life in Azerbaijan,” my mother would explain.


Effacing the Indigenous: The External Manufacture of Indigeneity and Its Consequence

Effacing the Indigenous: The External Manufacture of Indigeneity and Its Consequence

Indigeneity has been subject to religious and cultural otherization and temporal and spatial sequestering, which has rendered it prior, separate, and incongruent with Americanism. Thus, the history of the United States is marred with the systematic de-indigenization of persons and land and, yet, Native Americans are continuously omitted from American educational curricula and racial debate.

Post-Authentic: Viewing identities in the Digital Space

Post-Authentic: Viewing identities in the Digital Space

There is a stake that should not be overlooked in studying visual codifications and architectures: virtual spaces ordain how we navigate and constitute ourselves as subjects in real spaces, and pre-determine the breadth of possible positions we are allowed to inhabit in social imaginaries.

Kazakhstan: Synergy of National Elements in Modern Style

Kazakhstan: Synergy of National Elements in Modern Style

Today’s Kazakh designers have transformed the scene, creating high-quality, unique wear while also preserving cultural heritage. Their influence on new generations has reinforced the idea that it is possible to at once be fashionable and pay homage to your roots.