In the Distance, 2010 *rip Graduate Student Conference

The general perception is that intellectual and creative production outside of major cultural centers necessarily defines itself in relationship to these centers. Moreover, the relative paucity of material resources and opportunities available in these remote areas seem to aggravate cultural dependence. However, this may not be the only possible perspective on the effects of this geographical and psychological remoteness.
How and by whom are such notions as “periphery” and “province” constructed? How does the acceptance or denial of one’s own “provincialism” influence identity and culture in general? How do the edges affect dominant discourses? These were a few of the many questions posed by “In the Distance,” the 2010 *research-in-progress (*rip) conference, an annual graduate student conference organized by students of History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art at MIT.