The Alien in Our Midst: Memory, Displacement and the Making of Milwaukee’s Everyday World
February 24, 2017 – 6:30pm to 7:00pm
In response to themes explored in Do Ho Suh, Professor Arijit Sen will discuss embodied experience, an engagement between the human body and its surrounding, as a way to understand the contemporary architecture of migrants. Embodied place-making also urges us to see the world of the “alien” as a world we all share albeit from different perspectives. This talk will focus on an inner city neighborhood of Milwaukee and examine how embodied placemaking helps us discover how contemporary immigration and global movement of people has shaped the mundane everyday world around us.
Arijit Sen is an architect and vernacular architecture historian who writes, teaches and studies urban cultural landscapes. Currently an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with an honorary appointment with the Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin Madison, Dr. Sen cofounded the multi-campus Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures area of doctoral research on cultural landscapes