Eric Wycoff Rogers

PhD student

-University of Cambridge Master of Philosophy in Architecture and Urban Studies, with hons., 2018

-Yale University Master of Environmental Design (M.E.D.), with awards, 2015

-California College of the Arts BFA in Interior Architecture, with distinction, 2013

I'm originally from the San Francisco Bay Area.
My dissertation is about the U.S. military's deployment of "parasexuality" (a type of sexuality in which sexual arousal is disconnected from sexual availability and the resulting excitement is exploited to sell or motivate effort) in its morale campaigns to motivate soldiers to fight during World War I, and the the way that this helped to bring about a "sexual economy" in the 1920s, in which, despite openness about, and the allure of sex being omnipresent, actual access to sex was stifled by social pressures not to devalue oneself in the sexual marketplace.

In my Cambridge MPhil dissertation (2018), I researched the spatial politics of London's Gay Liberation Front (1970-73), and the way that they used a strategy that Paolo Virno calls “engaged withdrawal,” which utilized both public and private spaces; performative confrontation and intimate refashioning of the self. Between their dramatic occupation of public parks, squares and streets, and their communal inhabitation of apartments and squatted buildings, I show, the London GLF made radical spatial practices central to their confrontation of the social and administrative state.

In my Yale thesis (2015), I researched how various professional and reform movements in the United States aided an increasingly institutionalized capitalist economy to overcome its crises through the organization of urban (and suburban) space. The thesis looked at the municipal reform movement in the 1880s-1910s; the city planning movement in the 1890s-1910s; the Better Homes campaigns of the mid-1920s to mid-1930s, and the Federal Housing Administration from the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s.
Yale School of Architecture: I co-created and co-taught the Contemporary Architectural Discourse Colloquium—a graduate-level theory and history of architecture seminar—where my colleagues and I selected the topic of the course, developed the curriculum, selected and invited guest lecturers, and led the course, including facilitating discussions, grading student work, and teaching. 2015.
“Architecture and Communal Living in California, 1968-Present,” guest lecture at California College of the Arts, September, 2019.

“Architectural Photography and Defamiliarization,” guest lecture at Solano Community College, September, 2019.

“Better Homes; Better Citizens: the Home and the ‘Environmentalist’ Approach to Social Reform in 1920s America,” paper presented in the Cambridge Gender and Sexuality History Seminar, May 2018.

“Aesthetics and Communal Life in the Bay Area,” talk given at Books, People, Places (architectural bookstore), Berlin, March 2018.

“The Experimental Aesthetics of Communes,” talk given in Pembroke Papers series, Pembroke College, Cambridge, October 2018.

“Communal Living in the Twenty-First Century,” talk given in Pembroke Papers series, Pembroke College, Cambridge, March 2018.

“Critical Hedonism(s) as a Pleasurable Alternative to Austerity,” given at Degrowth, Conviviality, Hedonism & Communalisms workshop, University of Hamburg, December 2017.

“Domestic Labor as Self-Valorization,” lecture at the Architectural Association, London, November 2017.

“The Right to the Creative City,” panel Respondent, Stanford University, May, 2017.

“Domestic Subjects: Better Homes in America and the Reproduction of Gender,” paper given at Domestic Subjects conference at UC Los Angeles, April 2017.

“Exploring New Economies of Space, Pleasure and Care,” lecture at the Creative Cities working group, Stanford University, April 2017.

“Deprofessionalizing Architecture,” Architecture Lobby Panel Discussion, California College of the Arts, August 2016.

“Developing a Theory and Praxis of Urban Hacking,” given at the American Association of Geographers conference, March 2016.

“Communal Living in a City Not Designed For It: theories and strategies,” Domestic Affairs symposium, California College of the Arts, February 2016.

“The Subjectivity of Green Gentrification,” Dimensions of Political Ecology conference, University of Kentucky, February 2015.

“Disintegrative Urbanism(s): new economies and their urbanisms”—concluding lecture of the Immanent Urbanism(s) lecture series, the Red Victorian, May 2016.

“How Does Our Environment Police Our Sexualities?,” given at the Embassy SF, April 2016.

“Temporary Autonomous Zones: ephemeral moments of future societies?” panel participant and discussant in the Immanent Urbanism(s) lecture series. The Red Victorian, March 2016.

“The City as a Canvas for Art and Creative Interventions,” panel discussant in the Immanent Urbanism(s) lecture series. Dovetail, February 2016.

“Hedonism, Freedom, Power: Are we really happy when we do what we want?,” given at the Embassy SF, November 2015.

“Progressive Cities: Planning, Reproduction and Power in the American Metropolis,” given at the Embassy, SF, June 2015.


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