'Reading Circle' by Civic Soup

'What If' Residency

supported by Glasgow City Heritage Trust

7/9/20 - 19/11/20 - Digital Residency

In the Autumn of 2020, members of the public and SaltSpace community gathered in an online reading circle centred on practices of decolonisation in relation to place and architecture. In each of the 6 sessions, guided by Civic Soup, participants read aloud in-turn from scripts, essays and autoethnographies. Base texts focused on the settler-colonial present and its residues in Glasgow’s built environment, refugee architectures of temporary permanence, ecofeminist perspectives on land use and cultivation, and architectural legacies of imperialism in non-Western geographies. 

Assembled and mapped here are links to the points of departure, further resources and references which grew from the collective reflection and discussion of each reading session. Anchored to Resmaa Menakem’s study of embodied trauma in “My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies”, the Reading Circle continues to meet and share a practice of collective reading and reflection.

Read more about Civic Soup here and the 'What If' residency here.