Convened by Samia Henni, Albert Hirschman Chair 2021/22, The Institute for Advanced Study of Aix-Marseille University (IMERA)

To inaugurate Albert Hirschman Chair for Identity Passions between Europe and the Mediterranean at the Institute for Advanced Study (IMéRA), the first appointed Chair, Samia Henni*, is hosting a series of monthly online conversations, named Hirschman Forum 2022. The Forum aims at addressing critical interpretations and interdisciplinary expansions of instigating and disputed themes borrowed from Hirschman, including Democracy, Self-subversion, Passions, Reaction, Interests, and Loyalty. The Forum reflects on “the possibility of an otherwise” in the context of the politics, policies, temporalities, spaces, and economies of societies. Every invited speaker will offer a 25-minute interpretation of a potential “otherwise,” which will be discussed with the audience.

All events will be held both online and at IMéRA, at 6-8 pm CET. Online registration is required. Registration links will be available online a few weeks before each event.


12 January 2022

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Stefano Harney, Professor of Transversal Aesthetics, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne

Shalini Randeria, President/Rector, Central European University, Vienna; Senior Visiting Fellow, Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva


9 February 2022

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Jeremy Adelman, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, Princeton University, Princeton

Ayça Çubukçu, Associate Professor in Human Rights, Co-Director of LSE Human Rights, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science, London


9 March 2022  

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Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Contemporary Art Curator, Critic, Writer, Biotechnologist, Founder and Artistic Director of SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin

Alya Sebti, Contemporary Art Curator, Director of the ifa-Galerie Berlin - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Berlin


13 April 2022

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Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Department of Comparative Literature, Brown University, Providence

Adrian Lahoud, Professor of Architecture and Dean of the School of Architecture, Royal College of Art, London


11 May 2022

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Amal Alhaag, Curator, Senior Research and Public Programmer at the Research Center for Material Culture, Leiden; Curatorial and Research Fellow at Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar

Brahim El Guabli, Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies and Comparative Literature Williams College, Williamstown


8 June 2022

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Fouad Makki, Associate Professor, Director of the Polson Institute for Global Development, Department of Global Development, Cornell University

Sarah Nuttall, Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies and Director of WiSER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research), University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg


* Samia Henni is the inaugural Albert Hirschman Chair (2021/22) for Identity Passions Between Europe and the Mediterranean at the Institute for Advanced Study (IMéRA) in Marseille. She is a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Art History at the University of Zurich, and an Assistant Professor of History of Architecture and Urban Development at Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art and Planning. She is the author of the multi-award-winning Architecture of Counterrevolution: The French Army in Northern Algeria  (EN, 2017; 2019, FR), the editor of War Zones: gta papers 2  (2018), and the maker of exhibitions such as Housing Pharmacology  (2020) and Discreet Violence: Architecture and the French War in Algeria (2017–19). Henni received her Ph.D. in the history and theory of architecture (with distinction, ETH Medal) from ETH Zurich, and taught at Princeton University, ETH Zurich, and Geneva University of Art and Design.
Contact: samia.henni@univ-amu.fr