064-0017-22L  Research Methods in Landscape and Urban Studies: Writing Landscapes, Writing the Urban

SemesterAutumn Semester 2022
LecturersF. Persyn, T. Avermaete, T. Galí-Izard, H. Klumpner, C. Schmid, M. Topalovic
Periodicityevery semester recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish

AbstractThis seminar supports researchers writing on topics related to landscape, urban studies, and architecture through offering hands-on guidance and a safe space for peer-to-peer exchange. The seminar participants receive guidance on how to work with fieldwork, literature reviews, and archival research, develop arguments and narrative arcs in writing.
ObjectiveResearch writing can often be a solitary, arduous, and unrewarding exercise, this seminar aims to promote peer-to-peer exchange, and offer hands-on guidance and a safe space for researchers writing on topics related to landscape, urban studies, and architecture. The seminar will offer guidance as to how researchers can work with fieldwork, literature reviews, and archival research, develop arguments and narrative arcs in writing, in addition to practical tips and tricks. While the seminar is primarily geared towards supporting doctoral researchers in the dissertation-writing phase, it is open to all researchers regardless of where they might be in their research provided they are in the process of developing a work of academic writing such as research plan, a journal article, or a design manifesto.

The participants of this seminar are expected to bring a text that they would like to develop over the course of the semester. The texts can be diverse in format and length; it can be a dissertation or book chapter, journal or magazine article, or a research plan.

The seminar will alternate between inputs by invited guests, reading and discussion sessions, tutorials, and peer-review. A total of five input lectures by invited guests will be offered during the seminar, where senior academics from the Department and elsewhere will provide a behind-the-scenes look into their writing process. The invited guests will discuss as to how they structure their arguments, organise their sources and materials, and how they find inspiration for their writing process. These input lectures will be alternated with thematically organised tutorial sessions structured around the following themes: writing about fieldwork and field methods, about landscapes, about political ecology and economy, ethnographic human and other-than-human vignettes, about dwelling and urban space. In the first half of these tutorial sessions, the seminar participants will discuss and debate a requisite reading followed by a writing tutorial and feedback session based on the texts. The seminar participants can choose to present the work developed during the seminar at the LUS Doctoral Crits organised at the end of the semester.
ContentThe format will provide an overarching methodological meta-theme, to be defined prior to the event. One external guest critic will be invited. In this case, each presentation will conclude with a discussion round, providing sufficiently detailed feedback for every doctoral candidate.
Lecture notes22.09 – EXERCISES IN STYLE
29.09 – Ethnography from the field and archive – ADAM JASPER
06.10 – Writing spatially, writing otherwise - MATTHEW CRITCHLEY
13.10 – Indigenous Landscape Urbanism - KELLY SHANNON
03.11 – Informed gardening activism - BARBARA VAN DYCK
10.11 – Ordering the unfamiliar - ANNE HULTZSCH
17.11 – Landscape, dwelling, and the political ecology - MAAN BARUA
24.11 – From notes to narrative - NIKOS MAGOULIOTIS
01.12 – Imagining the invisible - NANCY COULING
08.12 – Writing in the Planetary Age - HOLLYAMBER KENNEDY
15.12 – LUS Doc Crits
LiteratureBarua, M. (2014) ‘Bio-geo-graphy: Landscape, dwelling, and the political ecology of human-elephant relations’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32(5), pp. 915–934.

Crysler, C.G. (2003) Writing Spaces: Discourses of Architecture, Urbanism and the Built Environment, 1960–2000. London: Routledge. Available at: Link.

Eco, U. (2015) How to write a thesis. MIT Press.
Geertz, C. (1973) ‘Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture 1973’.

Hultzsch, A. (2017) Architecture, travellers and writers: Constructing histories of perception 1640-1950. Routledge.

Jackson Jr, J.L. (2013) Thin description. Harvard University Press.

Jon, I. (2021) ‘The City We Want: Against the Banality of Urban Planning Research’, Planning Theory & Practice, 22(2), pp. 321–328. Available at: Link.

Kennedy, H. (2019) ‘Infrastructures of “Legitimate Violence”: The Prussian Settlement Commission, Internal Colonization, and the Migrant Remainder’, Grey Room, pp. 58–97.

Madden, M. (2005) 99 ways to tell a story: exercises in style. Penguin.

Malm, A. (2013) ‘The origins of fossil capital: From water to steam in the British cotton industry’, Historical Materialism, 21(1), pp. 15–68.

Malm, A. (2016) Fossil capital: The rise of steam power and the roots of global warming. Verso Books.

Malm, A. and Hornborg, A. (2014) ‘The geology of mankind? A critique of the Anthropocene narrative’, The Anthropocene Review, 1(1), pp. 62–69.

Marcus, G.E. (1995) ‘Ethnography in/of the world system: The emergence of multi-sited ethnography’, Annual review of anthropology, 24(1), pp. 95–117.

Narayan, K. (2012) Alive in the Writing: Crafting Ethnography in the Company of Chekhov. University of Chicago Press.

Queneau, R. (2018) Exercises in style. Alma Books.

Shannon, K. and Manawadu, S. (2007) ‘Indigenous Landscape Urbanism: Sri Lanka’s Reservoir & Tank System’, Journal of Landscape Architecture, 2(2), pp. 6–17. Available at: Link.

Soja, E. (2003) ‘Writing the city spatially1’, City, 7(3), pp. 269–280. Available at: Link.

Tornaghi, C. and Van Dyck, B. (2015) ‘informed gardening activism: steering the public food and land agenda’, Local Environment, 20(10), pp. 1247–1264.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe seminar is joint-organized by the chairs of the professors H. Klumpner, Ch. Girot, G. Vogt and M. Angélil (who in HS18 is mainly responsible for the course (one full-day event in the academic semester).

Participants in both cases will be expected to submit single-page abstracts of their papers in advance and to make a presentation of app. 20 minutes at the colloquium. The discussion rounds will be moderated by the organizing professor and the invited guests.

Enrolment on agreement with the lecturer only.