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The figure of the human body has played a consistent role throughout history in both the way space is imagined and how power finds its form. There is a history, yet to be written, in which key representations of the human body at once call into existence and justify certain modes of government while simultaneously suggesting ideal ways to organize the spaces of the world. Yet representations of the body that dominate any given period not only offer an ideal: they must also conceal secrets by which the masses of real, fleshy bodies may be governed; they must at once offer an exemplary figure and its inherent flaw or defect—both a universal truth to guide bodies and a ubiquitous site of intervention through which to coerce them. This is also a spatial matter: if the body can suggest certain inherent principles of justice and order by which to best organize human life, the body will inevitably inscribe itself into the spaces, architectures, and worlds of human experience. Representations of the human body, we might say, are coded diagrams that collect certain knowledges of the human condition in order to grant access to the ways in which power and space intersect. Read this if you can prior to the seminar:

https://rossexoadams.com/2017/10/02/becoming-infrastructural/

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Ross Exo Adams is an architect, urbanist and historian whose research looks at the historical and political intersection of circulation and urbanization. His writing has been published and presented widely on the inherent relations between architectural practice and geography, political and legal theory, political ecology and philosophy. He has taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, the Architectural Association, the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, and at Brighton University in the UK. His work has been exhibited in the Venice Biennale, The Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City, the Centre of Contemporary Architecture in Moscow and the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Biomaterials Science (2000), a Master of Architecture from the Berlage Institute (2006) and a Ph.D. from the London Consortium (2014), for which he was awarded the 2011 LKE Ozolins Studentship by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Ross is the author of a forthcoming book, Circulation and Urbanization, which will be published in the Society and Space series edited by Stuart Elden for Sage Publications in late 2017. He is currently working on two other books, one an edited volume and the other, a new project, provisionally titled Nomos of the Body, which will examine how space and subjectivity intersect in representations, uses and technologies of the body employed across history. He has received a Fellowship at the MacDowell Colony for the Spring/Summer of 2017 to work on this project.

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