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



13 April 2022

6-8 p.m. CET

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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



Ariella Aïsha Azoulay is a Professor of Modern Culture and Media and the Department of Comparative Literature, Brown University. Her books include Potential History – Unlearning Imperialism (Verso, 2019); Civil Imagination: The Political Ontology of Photography (Verso, 2012); The Civil Contract of Photography (Zone Books, 2008); From Palestine to Israel: A Photographic Record of Destruction and State Formation, 1947-1950, (Pluto Press, 2011); Potential histories, archives and curatorial work: Errata (Tapiès Foundation, 2019, HKW, Berlin, 2020), Enough! The Natural Violence of New World Order, (F/Stop photography festival, Leipzig, 2016), Act of State 1967-2007, (Centre Pompidou, 2016, Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa Fotografico, 2020); Enough! The Natural Violence of the New World Order (F/Stop festival, Leipzig, 2016); Among her films: Un-documented: Unlearning Imperial Plunder (2019), Civil Alliances, Palestine, 47-48 (2012).




Adrian Lahoud is an architect, urban designer and researcher as well as Dean of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, London, and co-chair of the Rights of Future Generations Working Group. Previously, he was Studio Master at Projective Cities, Architectural Association, London, and Director of the MA in Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London. He has also worked as a researcher on the Forensic Architecture ERC grant at Goldsmiths as part of their collaboration with Amnesty International on the Gaza Platform. Lahoud was the inaugural curator of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial (2019). His work has also been presented in exhibitions such as Let’s Talk about the Weather: Art and Ecology in a Time of Crisis, Sursock Museum, Beirut (2016); Oslo Architecture Triennale: After Belonging (2016); and Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2014). Often writing on climate change and colonialism, Lahoud is developing work on anthropological understandings of shelter and dwelling. His publications include ‘Fallen Cities’ in The Arab City: Architecture and Representation (Columbia University Press, 2016); ‘Scale as a Problem, Architecture as a Trap’ in Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary (Avery Review Lars Muller, 2016); ‘A Mandala to a Model’ in Elements for a World: Stone, Water, Wood, Fire, Sky (Sursock Museum, 2016); ‘The Bodele Declaration’ in Grain, Vapour, Ray: Textures of the Anthropocene (MIT Press, 2015); ‘Nomos and Cosmos’ in Supercommunity (e-flux, 2015); ‘Floating Bodies’ in Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth (Sternberg, 2014); and ‘The Mediterranean: A New Imaginary’ in New Geographies (Harvard University Press, 2013).