Lawrence Chua, postdoctoral fellow in Asian Studies and visiting assistant professor of art history, was awarded a Humanities Corridor Visiting Scholar Fellowship for 2013-2014. The fellowship is awarded annually to support research at two or more institutions in the Central New York Humanities Corridor.
His project, ‘Architecture, Hip Hop, and Utopia,’ examine the ways that hip-hop culture reframes the history of modern architecture by re-imagining the utopian promise of 20th-century housing. It argues that the struggle between modernism’s utopian dream and its co-optation was re-imagined by the inhabitants of American urban housing in the visual and aural culture of hip hop. Chua will conduct research in the Communal Societies collection at Hamilton College, the Hip Hop Collections at Cornell University, and the John A. Williams Archive at the University of Rochester.