Thinking from the South: Interview with Ana María León
From Moa Carlsson
This is a conversation with Assistant Professor Ana María León, in which we discuss the research methods that have informed her recent book, Modernity for the Masses: Antonio Bonet's Dreams for Buenos Aires, published by University of Texas Press, as well as her approaches to academic collaborations and activism. The conversation was recorded on the 18th of January 2021.
ANA MARÍA LEÓN is an historian of architecture and an architect as well as an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan. Her work scrutinizes how spatial practices and discourses of power and resistance produce modernities in the Americas, themes explored in Modernity for the Masses. Professor León contributes as an active member to several collaborations labouring to broaden the reach of architectural history. We were keen to speak to her due to the intersecting roles activism, pedagogy and formalism play in her work.
Interview Bibliography by Ana María León
Website of Ana María León: https://anamarialeon.net
Cheng, Irene, Charles L. Davis II, Jia Yi Gu, Ana María León, and Mabel O. Wilson. “What is an Antiracist Architectural History?” Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative 24 (July 2020).
Feminist Art and Architecture Collaborative. “Counterplanning from the Classroom: Feminist Art and Architecture Collaborative.” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 76, no. 3 (September 2017): 277–280. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2017.76.3.277
Feminist Art and Architecture Collaborative. “To Manifest.” Harvard Design Magazine 46. No Sweat (Fall/Winter 2018): 182–189. http://www.harvarddesignmagazine.org/issues/46/to-manifest
Freire, Paulo. Pedagogía del oprimido. Bogotá: Editorial América Latina, 1967. /
Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: The Seabury Press, 1968.
Herscher, Andrew and Ana María León. “Editorial.” e-flux architecture (Settler Colonial Present, 10/12/2020).
Herscher, Andrew and Ana María León. “At the Border of Decolonization.” e-flux architecture (At the Border, 5/6/2020).
Herscher, Andrew, Ana María León, et al. The Settler Colonial City Project (co-founded by Ana María León and Andrew Herscher): https://settlercolonialcityproject.org
hooks, bell. Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. New York: Routledge, 1994.
Indigenous Action. "Accomplices not allies: Abolishing the ally industrial complex." Indigenous Action Media 2 (2014): 2.
León, Ana María. "Bones of the Nation: The Museum of La Plata, Argentina 1884–1888.” Manifest 3. Bigger Than Big (2021): 20–32. http://www.manifestproject.org/buy/manifest-3-bigger-than-big
León, Ana María. “Crowdsourcing Knowledge: Cowriting, Coteaching, and Colearning.” Art Journal Open. Published 20 November, 2018. http://artjournal.collegeart.org/?p=10593
León, Ana María. Modernity for the Masses: Antonio Bonet’s Dreams for Buenos Aires. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2021.
León, Ana María. “Plains and Pampa: Decolonizing ‘America’.” Harvard Design Magazine 48. America (Spring/Summer 2021), 48–49.
Lopez, Sarah Lynn. The Remittance Landscape: Spaces of Migration in Rural Mexico and Urban USA. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2015.
López-Durán, Fabiola. Eugenics in the Garden: Transatlantic Architecture and the Crafting of Modernity. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018.
Pendás, María González. “Fifty Cents a Foot, 14,500 Buckets: Concrete Numbers and the Illusory Shells of Mexican Economy.” Grey Room 71 (2018): 14–39. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/grey_a_00240--
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