Today in the Public Space course we’ll explore the idea of the public sphere and consider what it means to belong to a ‘public’ or counter-public and to engage in public address.
Our discussion will begin with an introduction to German philosopher Jurgen Habermas’ notions of the public sphere and will go on to consider some criticisms of it, including Nancy Fraser’s discussion of what happens in “actually existing” democracies.
Slides are available here: GEOG 4900 Public Space Summer 2012 Class 3 lecture slides Theorizing the Public Sphere
Theorizing the Public Sphere
Craig Calhoun, Habermas and the Public Sphere (Introduction; via Craig Calhoun at New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge)
Douglas Kellner, Habermas, the Public Sphere, and Democracy: A Critical Intervention
Public Space Interventions
“Go on, share your thoughts on a wall (Real, not Facebook);” Globe & Mail; 10 May 2012.
What’s that tent doing in the library? (YFile, 23 January 2012)
Piano Stairs (by The Fun Theory)
Phil Dancing on the Subway! (2011; via Youtube)
Goodbye Graffiti: A Short Story about Toronto’s Street Art Movement (produced by Char Loro, 2012; via Vimeo)
Billboards Converted to Swingsets (via MAKE blog)
CCTV/Creative Control (Marcos Zotes, via Youtube)