Andrew W. Mellon Regional Fellow in the Humanities
2012—2013 Forum on Peripheries
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies
Penn State University, Brandywine
Peripheral Visions: Pedestrian Aesthetics and Peripatetic Politics in the Urban World
I will investigate and discuss human walking as a means, medium, and form of bodily movement through which we might better understand our local but increasingly globalized urban environments while also developing practical models of engaged political and aesthetic action. I plan to articulate and cultivate human ambulation as a form of "peripheral vision," an everyday but extraordinary way of critically perceiving and creatively protecting those realms that are ostensibly marginal to but deeply intertwined with civic and social centers of activity. My research will be conducted on both foot and in libraries, as well as with pedestrian artists and activists, in an effort to grasp the manner in which power is either distributed or disrupted in the interiors and hubs or disseminated along the de-centered edges and paths of the modern city.