Transversal Methods and Social Choreography: Pelin Tan

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Wednesday, November 18th, 6:30pm, Room C198: (Lecture) 
How do existing methodological structures choreograph the diverse outputs of social art practice and what tools have we developed to enact new transversal methods for instituting this practice? Furthermore, how can social art practice begin to be historicized as it interacts with disciplines of visual art, performance, and theater as well as uneven geographies and political conditions? Join in conversation with sociologist Pelin Tan as she presents her research in this area in conversation with James Gallery curator Katherine Carl and participants in the Social Choreography Working Group.

Thursday, November 19th, 4:00pm, James Gallery: (Discussion):
On November 19th, at 4:00pm in the James Gallery, Tan will lead a discussion centered on affective pedagogies as a methodology of social art practice within and outside of academia.

For the advance discussion readings, click on the titles:
1) “Decolonizing Architectural Education: Towards an Affective Pedagogy
2) “Affect as Method: Feelings, Aesthetics, and Affective Pedagogy
3) “Nomadic Education

11_social_choreography_pelin_tanPelin Tan is associate professor in architecture at Artuklu University, Mardin, Turkey. She is involved in research-based artistic and architectural projects that focus on urban conflict and territorial politics, gift economies, labor conditions, and mixed methods in research. Tan’s publications on architecture, urbanism and art include Arazi (Sternberg Press, CSPS, Berlin, 2015) and her recent chapter “Transversal Materialism” featured in 2000+: Urgencies of Architectural Theories (GSAPP, 2015). – See more at:

Organized by the Center for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the Social Choreography Mellon Seminar in Public Engagement and Collaborative Research in the Humanities, Center for Place, Culture and Politics.

Transversal Methods and Social Choreography: Pelin Tan
Date: November 18, 2015 - November 19, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: The CUNY Graduate Center, Room C198
Address: 365 5th Ave. , New York (View Map)