Architectural Liminality as an Elemental Condition for Communication: The Case of Urban Balconies, Porches, Windows, etc.

Sponsor: Philosophy of Communication Division
Sat, 11/21: 2:00 PM  - 3:15 PM 
Virtual Event 
Room: Zoom Room 11 
This article theorizes the communicative nature of architectural features located in-between the private and public spheres of the city: balconies, porches, doors, windows. Functioning simultaneously as dividers and connectors along sidewalks, these features do not belong clearly to one side or the other, and they are built to enable access and passage for people, sight, artefacts, light and wind between the two realms. These sites are especially vital for women, children, elderly people and minorities in the city who practice through them activism, a sense of belonging, identity work, and urban existence. While have been historically overlooked by scholars who study communication and/or the city, these architectural sites, I argue, illustrate the power relations of communication and they allow ethical encounters with the Other. Through a phenomenological examination I focus on the notion of liminality as an elemental condition for communication.


Carolin Aronis, University of Colorado, Boulder  - Contact Me