Cities & Bodies: Classical & Fascist Imaginaries in the Machine Age

Prof. Michael Anton Budd
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An exploration of grand urban planning (particularly in ancient Imperial and modern fascist or totalitarian contexts) as a means of testing how ideological/political as opposed to more pragmatic approaches to built space either address or negate the concerns of real bodies. My hypothesis is that urges for grand spaces in urban design both classical, baroque & modernist in nature have had particular historical bodily and technological underpinnings and consequences that have seldom been considered together.

Keywords: History of Body, Urban Planning, Architecture, Fascism, Classicism, Modernist
Stream: Aesthetics, Design, History, Historiography, Sexuality, Gender, Families, Other or Stream Unspecified
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Cities & Bodies

Prof. Michael Anton Budd

Associate Professor, Program Director, Humanities/Liberal Studies
Graduate Studies, Salve Regina University

Newport, Rhode Island, USA

Michael Budd (BS, University of Oregon, MA and PhD, Rutgers University); a fellow at the Rutgers Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture; Bradford College (1995-2000); national program associate at Facing History and Ourselves Foundation (2000-02); lecturer at Rhode Island School of Design 1990-2005; recently appointed associate professor in the Salve Regina University Humanities and Technology Doctoral Program. His interests include the history of the body, colonial violence and revolution, historical film, Art & the Machine, Urban History, and military history & technology. He is the author of "The Sculpture Machine: Physical Culture and Body Politics in the Age of Empire" (Macmillan UK/ NYU Press 1997). Has written for City Limits, International Journal of Sport History, and Afterimage. Current research focuses on global consumer identity and the national body in relation to technology, memory, violence & authoritarian ideas.

Ref: H06P0529