Tazalika M. Te Reh (Cologne): Swing Time – Of the haitian revolution and urban spaces

There are spaces in European cities where we particularly like to live because the houses have high ceilings and facades with stucco on them. They are solidly built and well tempered, and as geographical spaces they tell of wealth and prosperity of days gone by.

Then there are historical events, like the Haitian Revolution, that seem distant in both time and place. How present these non-geographic spaces are, how they shape us and the spaces we inhabit, how we need to think them together with geographic spaces in order to understand the racialized spaces in which we move – this is what Swing Time will be about.

Dr. phil. Tazalika M. te Reh, Dipl.-Ing. M.A. (*1972, architect and cultural scientist). Studied architecture in Cologne, Bochum and at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. Doctorate at the Technical University of Dortmund. Worked in architectural offices in Cologne and Boston. She works interdisciplinary in the fields of architectural practice, teaching, mentorship, curatorship and visual real estate marketing. For the past 10 years she has been working on racialized spaces. Therefore she establishes connections between built and designed environments, history, and knowledge production – contexts that can be read as geographic and non-geographic spaces. Tazalika explores the applicability of her findings in concrete architecture.

She has taught in Dortmund, Salzburg, and Cologne on the topics of racialized spaces, global citizenship, and architectural history. For her research, Tazalika M. te Reh received a scholarship from the Salzburg Global Seminar in 2013 and a scholarship from the Mercator Foundation in 2012. In 2014, she was a visiting scholar at Columbia University and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York.

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