Grant TypeHunt Postdoctoral Fellowship
Institutional AffiliationHaverford College
Grant numberGr. 9499
Approve DateSeptember 29, 2017
Project TitleCulbertson, Dr. Jacob H., Haverford College, Haverford, PA - To aid research and writing on 'Recombinant Indigeneities: Maori Environmental Design and the Architecture of Biculturalism' - Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship
JACOB CULBERTSON, then Visiting Assistant Professor at Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania, was awarded a Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship in September 2017 to aid research and writing on ‘Recombinant Indigeneities: M_ori Environmental Design and the Architecture of Biculturalism.’ The book, House of Knots: M_ori Environmental Design and the Architecture of Biculturalism, traces a series of controversies around M_ori images and concepts in urban public space, drawing on three years of fieldwork with architects, bureaucrats, and artists (both M_ori and not). In one respect, tracing these building projects comprises an ethnography of New Zealand’s impending ‘post-settlement era,’ by which the state seeks to settle all outstanding treaty claims and to then work with M_ori on an equitable, collaborative basis. But M_ori landscapes are anything but settled. Complex political ecologies’both ancestral and technocratic’emerge in the messy, creative work of designing and negotiating uniquely M_ori places. In that regard, the book also details the practices of innovation and regulation, and of political inclusion and refusal, that determine what counts as ‘architecture’ and ‘the environment”questions that are at the heart of ‘indigenizing’ these fields, as well as anthropology’s concern with comparison.