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The 'Fusion of Horizon's': affect and the learning subject in architectural history and theory
This paper is part of an on-going research project at the University of Tasmania where the School of Architecture & Design contains a significant cohort of culturally and linguistically diverse students who are engaging (often for the first time) with the interpretation of historical and theoretical themes and applying them to design. This paper argues that an understanding of affect and how it can contribute to critical literacies in this context is essential to enable students to interpret different cultural worlds.
Recent 'affectual turns' in other disciplines force a reassessment of the 'learning subject' within architecture and design. Affect has been extensively theorized in relation to education since the 1950s, and foreign language learning, where students develop a sense of their own identity or "voice" in a second language, and confidence in using it to communicate with others (Brown, 1987). Affectual understanding differs from 'subject-centred' cognitive understanding as it eschews the dualist model of the learning subject (the learner as an internal tabula rasa to be inscribed with external knowledge (Gadamer cited in Snodgrass and Coyne, 2006).
Affectual learning, takes on new partners from the edges of subjectivity, resulting in different relations between the human, society and architecture, which according to Thrift, "constructs new forms of empathy, enabling identification with 'another'" (2006). Cognition and emotion are thus engaged simultaneously to produce richer discursive engagements in history and theory of architecture and design.
Publication titleProceedings of the 2011 International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia
EditorsH Elkadi, L Xu and J Coulson
Department/SchoolSchool of Architecture and Design
PublisherSchool of Architecture & Building, Deakin University
Place of publicationGeelong, Australia
Event titleArchitecture @ the Edge
Event VenueGeelong, Australia
Date of Event (Start Date)2011-09-18
Date of Event (End Date)2011-09-21
Rights statementCopyright 2011 Deakin University