Eric Wycoff Rogers is a scholar, organizer, designer and artist. Eric’s research primarily focuses on American history—specifically the history of social reform during the Progressive era, and the ways that reform organizations shaped everyday life, from municipal governments to urban layouts, the definition of home and domesticity, leisure, families, cultural constructions of sexuality/desire, gender, financial infrastructures and collectively-held aspirations.
Eric’s most recent research looks at the significance of communal living in the twenty-first century, and the para-institutional role that collective housing associations might play in the face of the failures of formal institutions, the market and the state. Drawing off of past research into reform organizations, Eric hypothesizes that a well-organized conglomerate of collective organizations could become the institutional skeleton for post-capitalist futures and new social, emotional and aspirational orientations.
Eric is an avid non-fiction reader, and their scholarly interests include American history, affect theory, media theory, subaltern theory, economic and political theory, economic history, history of architecture, material culture, gender studies, critical leisure studies, French poststructuralism, philosophy, and the history of gender and sexuality.
In addition to critical-analytical work, Eric works on affirmative projects, which seek concrete praxes.
Nookzy is a space sharing platform designed to facilitate the usage of unused pockets of the city (nooks), and to drive the hyper-decontextualized design of these spaces into unexpected and imagination-expanding settings.
Decoding Labs is an experimental design practice and portfolio of unusual-yet-replicable spatial projects. Emerging as the R&D arm of Nookzy, Decoding Labs aims to innovate with aesthetics, experiential qualities, materials, electronic configurations, etc.
Spontaneum is an “urban hacking” forum and platform that aims to make the intentional misuse of spaces into a “thing.” Viewing the decisions of real estate and formal planning/design process as yielding an urban setting that is inadequate and unacceptable for human life, Spontaneum uses pop-up tactics to generate a richer, more imaginative and habitable metropolis that bypasses the designed scarcities of the commercial city.
Critical Hedonism(s) searches for a more democratically-mediated (and un-taxed/tolled [by capital, the state, or otherwise]) mode of human relations and convivial enjoyment, framed through the articulation of a discourse of immanent, universal abundance and inclusion.
Eric is a member of the Embassy Network, a co-producer of the Red Victorian Lecture Series, the curator of the Immanent Urbanism(s) lecture series, and the founder of the Wooster Square co-op. Eric studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, interior design at California College of the Arts, theory and history of architecture at Yale University, and urban studies at the University of Cambridge. Eric is currently a PhD student in American history at Cambridge.
Moving forward, Eric is interested in finding collaborators on the development of the concept of post-capitalist business models, elaborating the various features of alternative (non-familial/monogamic) emotional ecologies, exploring the cultural logic of a deteriorating capitalism, studying affect theory, imagining post-industrious cities (cities of a post-work future), and building institutions that campaign for sustainable, equitable and convivial futures.