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Kenny Cupers

Bio: Kenny Cupers is an academic researcher from University of Basel. The author has contributed to research in topics: Architecture & Agency (philosophy). The author has an hindex of 9, co-authored 25 publications receiving 291 citations. Previous affiliations of Kenny Cupers include University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign & University at Buffalo.

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TL;DR: In this article, the authors examine the history of youth camp development in Germany and the United States during the interwar period, arguing not only that such camps played a crucial role in the ways in which national societies dealt with their youth, but also that their history forces us to rethink relations between place-making, nationhood and modern governing.
Abstract: Focusing on youth camp development in Germany and the United States during the interwar period, this article argues not only that such camps played a crucial role in the ways in which national societies dealt with their youth, but also that their history forces us to rethink relations between place-making, nationhood, and modern governing. First, the article addresses the historiography of youth movements in relation to current debates about spatiality, nationalism, and governmentality. The main part of the article examines organized camps, in particular by the German Bunde, the Hitlerjugend (Hitler Youth), and the American Boy Scouts, focusing on their transition from relatively spontaneous activities of particular social movements, to objects of professional design, national-scale planning and intricate management in the interwar period. This development demonstrates how in the seemingly trivial activity of camping, nationalism is interwoven with the project of conducting youth through contact with natu...

41 citations

Book
01 Apr 2014

37 citations

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TL;DR: In this article, the concept of the public sphere is investigated as a specific way of reading the city, and the complexity in relations between space and identity is explored, and a nomadic geography is suggested for a progressive politics to open up gaps and folds in the homogeneous space and discover new spaces that are neither friends nor enemies, neither inside nor outside.
Abstract: This article investigates the concept of the public sphere as a specific way of reading the city. In the light of current ambiguities of the urban condition, it poses the question of whether the concept does still, in fact, generate a solid geography for understanding the urban landscape. It explores the history and concept of the liberal public sphere, uncovers its rigid regime of identity formation in space, and problematizes its performative dimension by illustrating how this tends to envisage space as a merely passive and abstract stage on which dramatization takes place. In search of alternative ways of reading the city, it subsequently explores the complexity in relations between space and identity. It reconceptualizes space as a palimpsest of historical layers and rethinks identity by recognizing the workings of the strange(r) in constructions of space and identity. Finally, the article suggests the development of a nomadic geography that would allow for a progressive politics to open up gaps and folds in the homogeneous space and discover new spaces that are neither friends nor enemies, neither inside nor outside. Cet article etudie le concept de sphere publique comme methode de lecture specifique de la ville. Etant donne les ambiguites actuelles de la situation urbaine, on peut se demander si ce concept genere encore, dans les faits, une geographie solide permettant de comprendre le paysage urbain. Explorer l’historique et le concept de sphere publique liberale revele son systeme rigide de formation des identites dans l’espace, et interroge sa dimension performative en montrant comment l’espace est pense en tant que simple scene passive et abstraite ou a lieu une theâtralisation. Recherchant d’autres modes de lecture de la ville, l’article examine ensuite la complexite des relations entre espace et identite. Il reconceptualise l’espace en tant que palimpseste de couches historiques et repense l’identite en admettant les mecanismes de l’etrange(r) dans les constructions spatiales et identitaires. Pour finir, l’article propose l’elaboration d’une geographie nomade permettant a une politique progressiste de creer fosses et plissements dans un espace homogene et de decouvrir de nouveaux espaces qui ne seraient ni amis ni ennemis, ni interieurs ni exterieurs.

34 citations

Book
01 Jan 2002

28 citations


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TL;DR: In this paper, Imagined communities: Reflections on the origin and spread of nationalism are discussed. And the history of European ideas: Vol. 21, No. 5, pp. 721-722.

13,842 citations

Book Chapter
01 Jan 1996
TL;DR: In this article, Jacobi describes the production of space poetry in the form of a poetry collection, called Imagine, Space Poetry, Copenhagen, 1996, unpaginated and unedited.
Abstract: ‘The Production of Space’, in: Frans Jacobi, Imagine, Space Poetry, Copenhagen, 1996, unpaginated.

7,238 citations

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TL;DR: The body and city: the passive body the plan of the book a personal note as discussed by the authors, is a survey of the body and its relationship to the city and its culture. But it does not discuss the relationship between the passive and active body.
Abstract: Introduction - body and city: the passive body the plan of the book a personal note. Part 1 Powers of the voice and eye: nakedness - the citizen's body in Perikles' Athens the cloak of darkness - the protections of ritual in Athens the obsessive image - place and time in Hadrian's Rome time in the body - early Christians in Rome. Part 2 Movements of the heart: comunity - the Paris of Jehan de Chelles \"each man is a devil to himself\" - the paris of Humbert de Romans fear of touching - the Jewish ghetto in Renaissance Venice. Part 3 Arteries and veins: moving bodies - Harvey's revolution the body set free - Boullee's Paris urban individualism - E.M. Forster's London. Conclusion: civic bodies - multi-cultural New York.

669 citations