February 20, 2017
Northwestern University’s Center for Forced Migration Studies (CFMS) invited the Afield co-directors to present at the Center’s Faculty Working Group today. A robust hour-long discussion took place.
The basis of the discussion was the pre-circulated paper by Mah and Rivers recently published in the peer-reviewed Space and Culture as well as a follow-up study that advanced the previous study by adding a broad consideration of landscape, design, and a posthumanist ethos. Conversation forced Mah and Rivers to be more specific in their intentionally speculative paper while simultaneously and thoughtfully considering those very same speculative dimensions. (Speculative dimensions culminated with the first of three watercolour drawings ultimately used to rethink the meaning of "the border.")
Access the Space and Culture paper titled "Refugees Without Exception" here. The title of the follow-up project (ongoing) is “Surviving a Massive Refugee Situation: A Manual for Designers.”