As you read the schedule note the following:
- Readings (Required Readings folder in IVLE) should be done before lecture. We will discuss them seminar style by following the Guiding Questions (in IVLE).
- Additional readings (Additional Readings folder in IVLE) are optional.
- Tutorials meet in odd weeks. There are no make-up tutorials.
15 Jan - Week 1 Introduction: themes, approaches, objectives.
- Read the syllabus and bring any questions to lecture.
22 Jan - Week 2 Defining home. What is home? A location, a relationship, a feeling? How does the idea of home differ across cultures? How have different disciplines conceptualized and studied home? What methods have they used?
Readings: (answer the guiding questions before lecture)
- Blunt, A. and R. Dowling, (2006) Home. New York, Routledge, pp. 1-31. (Chap 1)
- Jackson, M. (1995). At home in the world. Durham, Duke University Press, pp. 84-87.
- Morley, D. (2000). Home Territories: Media, Mobility and Identity. London; New York, Routledge, pp. 16-30. (Chap 1)
- Berger, J. (1984). And our faces, my heart, brief as photos. New York, Pantheon Books, pp. 54-57.
Tutorials: sign up for a tutorial slot online; or do manual registration (details to follow).
29 Jan - Week 3 A place called home. We explore the geographical notion of sense of place, which will help you understand how a house, neighborhood, region, and/or nation becomes something called “home”. We also talk about normative assumptions related to home and transgressions of those norms.
- Cresswell, T. (2004). Place: a short introduction. Malden, MA, Blackwell Pub, pp. 81-123.
- Brickell, K. (2012). “‘Mapping’ and ‘doing’ critical geographies of home.” Progress in Human Geography 36(2): 225-244.
Tutorial #1 (odd): No tutorial meeting b/c CNY. In place of tutorial do the following:
1. Listen to podcast episodes (TAL: Moving, Sewing Machine, Void Decks – in IVLE). List 3-5 essential elements of a good podcast and prepare to share next tutorial.
2. Do a soundwalk around your neighborhood for 10-15 minutes. Listen for interesting sounds and record three sounds on your phone. Record yourself saying something about each sound. Then edit the sounds and your narration into a short clip by using GarageBand, Audacity, or something similar. You’ll share the clip in the next tutorial.
5 Feb - Week 4 No Class - CNY
12 Feb - Week 5 House as home. We examine the connection between house and home, house design and technologies, domestic consumption, ideal homes, and notions of homeliness and unhomeliness.
- Blunt, A. and R. Dowling, (2006) Home. New York: Routledge, pp. 88-139. (Chap 3)
- Massey, D. (1995). “Space-time and the Politics of Location,” in House. Whiteread, Lingwood and Bird (eds.), London, Phaidon, pp. 36-49.
- Yoshimoto, B. (1993). Kitchen. New York, Washington Square Press. (Available at the NUS Central Library).
Tutorial #2 (odd): Introductions and prepare the following:
1. Discuss podcasting and your soundwalk. Share one sound from your soundwalk.
2. Suggest an additional topic (one of those info boxes) for Blunt & Dowling Chap 3 that better reflects your experience of home. In other words, what would you add from the Singapore (or your home country) context that would provide a broader understanding of home?
19 Feb – Week 6 Home as multi-scalar process. We consider home as an ever-evolving set of relationships and meanings that lead to varied senses of belonging across geographical scales.
- Massey, D. (1994). Space, Place, and Gender. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, pp. 157-173.
- Selasi, T. (2014) “Don’t ask where I’m from,” TED Talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/taiye_selasi_don_t_ask_where_i_m_from_ask_where_i_m_a_local
- Lam, T. and B.S.A. Yeoh, (2004), “Negotiating ‘Home’ and ‘National Identity’: Chinese-Malaysian Transmigrants in Singapore,” Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 45(2): 141-164.
23 February - 3 March - RECESS WEEK
First Draft of Individual Assignment due Friday, 1 March at 23:59
Peer Review four essays by Tuesday, 5 March at 23:59
5 Mar - Week 7 The HDB. We examine the iconic and versatile form of housing unique to Singapore, including the intersections of sexuality and singlehood found in HDB space.
- Oswin, N. (2010). “The modern model family at home in Singapore: a queer geography.” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 35: 256-268.
- Chua, B. H. (1997). Communitarian Ideology and Democracy in Singapore. London: Routledge, 124-146.
- Chua, B. H. (2014) “Navigating Between Limits: The Future of Public Housing in Singapore,” Housing Studies, 29:4, 520-533.
- Chee, L. (2017). “Unhousing sexuality: Sexuality and singlehood in Singapore’s public housing.” Sexualities at Home: Experience, Politics, Transgression, eds. B. Carnell, R. Scicliuna, B. Campkin and B. Penner. London: Bloomsbury: 35-51.
- Pow, C. P. (2013). “From Housing a Nation to Meeting Rising Aspirations: Evolution of Public Housing over the Years.” Changing Landscapes of Singapore, eds. E. Ho, C.Y. Woon and K. Ramdas. Singapore: NUS Press, 43-60.
- Pow C. P. (2017). “Courting the ‘rich and restless’: globalisation of real estate and the new spatial fixities of the super-rich in Singapore.” International Journal of Housing Policy, 17:1, 56-74.
Tutorial #3 (odd): Peer review workshop of Individual Project. Make groups and begin discussing the group project.
12 Mar - Week 8 Home/work. The commonly-held belief that home and work constitute two separate spheres (home=private/work=public) has long been challenged by feminists and others, who argue for a revaluing of domestic labor and caregiving. We discuss the idea of the “second shift” and gendered expectations of housework.
- Hochschild, A. R. and A. Machung (2012). The second shift: working families and the revolution at home. New York, N.Y., Penguin Books, pp. 1-21.
Assignment: make a chart of the three most time-consuming domestic chores in your house and note the following: 1) who primarily does each task? 2) how much time is spent on each task? 3) has this division of labor changed over time (and why)? and 4) is this division of labor the subject of any controversy or negotiation in your household?
- Morley, D. (2000). Home Territories: Media, Mobility and Identity. London; New York, Routledge, pp. 56-85. (Chap 3)
Final Version of Individual Assignment due Sunday, 17 March at 23:59
19 Mar - Week 9 The home as workplace We build on last week’s discussion of gendered labor in the home to explore paid domestic labor in various forms, including carework by transnational migrants in Singapore and hostessing work by domestic migrants in Japan. Here we investigate the spaces, relationships, (under)valuation, and abuse of paid domestic labor and caregiving.
- Yeoh, B.S.A. and S. Huang (2010). Transnational domestic workers and the negotiation of mobility and work practices in Singapore’s home-spaces. Mobilities, 5(2): 219-236.
- Huang, S. and B.S.A. Yeoh (2007). Emotional Labour and Transnational Domestic Work: The Moving Geographies of “Maid Abuse” in Singapore. Mobilities, 2(2): 195-217.
- Pratt, G. (2003). “Valuing childcare: Troubles in suburbia.” Antipode 35(3): 581-602.
Tutorial #4 (odd): No tutorial meeting. Do your Home Fieldtrip.
26 Mar - Week 10 Homelessness. We examine the political and economic conditions underlying homelessness, as well as differences between visible and invisible homelessness and how homelessness is framed as a problem.
- May, J. (2000). “Of nomads and vagrants: single homelessness and narratives of home as place.” Environment and Planning D-Society & Space 18(6): 737-59, reprinted in Oakes and Price (2008). The Cultural Geography Reader. London; New York, Routledge: 234-42.
- Gill, T. (2001). Men of Uncertainty: the social organization of day laborers in contemporary Japan. Albany, NY, SUNY Press, pp. 125-133.
- DeVerteuil, G., J. May, and J. Von Mahs (2009). “Complexity not collapse: recasting geographies of homelessness in a ‘punitive age’,” Progress in Human Geography 33(5): 646–66.
- May, J., S. Johnsen, and P. Cloke (2007). “Alternative cartographies of homelessness: rendering visible British women’s experiences of ‘visible’ homelessness,” Gender, Place and Culture 14(2): 121–40.
Podcast due Sunday, 31 March at 23:59
2 Apr - Week 11 Exiles and refugees We examine how conflict and disaster impact people’s relationship with home by thinking about how refugees and exiles negotiate the uncertainty of return and how they represent, imagine, and embody home while spatially elsewhere.
- Gill, T. (2013). “This Spoiled Soil: place, people and community in an irradiated village in Fukushima Prefecture.” Japan copes with calamity: ethnographies of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters of March 2011, eds. T. Gill, B. Steger and D. H. Slater. Bern, Peter Lang: 201-233.
- Morris, H. (2013). “Why stay in Chernobyl?” TED Talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/holly_morris_why_stay_in_chernobyl_because_it_s_home
- Malkki, L. (1992) “National Geographic: The Rooting of Peoples and the Territorialization of National Identity Among Scholars and Refugees” Cultural Anthropology. 7(1): 24-44.
- Morley, D. (2000). Home Territories: Media, Mobility and Identity. London; New York, Routledge, pp. 31-55. (Chap 2)
- Said, E. W. (2000). Reflections on Exile and Other Essays. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, pp. 173-186.
Tutorial #5 (odd): Presentation about your Home Fieldtrip Podcast. Turn in a hard copy of your podcast summary essay during tutorial. Exam review.
9 Apr - Week 12 Making home away. We study the link between mobility and home by asking how much “home” we take with us when we move, especially abroad, as well as who bears the responsibility for making a “home away from home”.
- Lahiri, J. (1999). “Mrs. Sen’s”, in Interpreter of maladies: stories. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, pp. 111-135.
- Kurotani, S. (2005). Home away from home: Japanese corporate wives in the United States. Durham, Duke University Press, pp. 1-14 (note: I have uploaded the entire chapter in IVLE – it is long, so only print what you want to read)
- Caglar, A. (2006). “Hometown associations, the rescaling of state spatiality and migrant grassroots transnationalism.” Global Networks - a Journal of Transnational Affairs 6(1): 1-22.
- Ip, David. (2005). “Contesting Chinatown: Place-making and the emergence of ‘ethnoburbia’ in Brisbane, Australia” GeoJournal 64(1): 63-74.
16 Apr - Week 13 Home and travel. We conclude the module by continuing the theme of home and mobility, focusing on how leisure travel produces certain impressions of and relationships to home. We will also debrief the module and discuss the exam.
- Iyer, P. (2013) “Where is home?”, TED Talk:
- Lippard, L. R. (1999). On the beaten track: tourism, art, and place. New York: New Press, pp. 12-23.
- Iyer, P. (2000) “Why we travel.” Salon – this can also be accessed online for a better reading experience: http://www.salon.com/2000/03/18/why/