4.17.19-4.18.19 Techniques of Memory Landscape, Iconoclasm, Memory and Power: Speakers

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Austin Allen

Design Jones LLC/Lousiana State University

Austin Allen's background in landscape architecture and documentary film included associate professor: Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University, serving as its inaugural Bickham Chair in 2009; Film and Communication at Cleveland State University; and Landscape Architecture at the University of Colorado Denver. His work includes recovery projects in New Orleans since 2005 and the Historic District of Jacmel, Haiti 2010 to 2014; the Baker Canal Corridor project; and partner, Design Jones LLC, with Diane Jones Allen, recipients of the 2016 ASLA Medal of Honor for Community Service Award. Education includes Ph.D. and M.A., Mass Communication, Ohio University; BA in Landscape Architecture, University of California at Berkeley; AA in Urban Studies, Laney Community College. Creative work includes “Claiming Open Spaces.”

Jason Berry

Investigative Reporter and Author

City of a Million Dreams: A History of New Orleans at Year 300 (2018) is Jason Berry’s tenth book, and the basis for a companion film documentary he is producing, slated for release in 2019. Jason Berry achieved prominence for his reporting on the Catholic Church crisis in Lead Us Not Into Temptation (1992). He has been widely interviewed in the national media, with many appearances on Nightline, Oprah, ABC and CNN. USA Today called Berry “the rare investigative reporter whose scholarship, compassion and ability to write with the poetic power of Robert Penn Warren are in perfect balance.” Vows of Silence: The Abuse of Power in the Papacy of John Paul II, written with Gerald Renner (2004) has Spanish, Polish and Italian editions. The film Jason produced from the book won Best TV Documentary Award at 2008 Docs D.F. — Mexico City International Festival of Documentary Film — with air dates in Span, Ireland and Italy. Jason writes on culture for The Daily Beast and many publications. Up From the Cradle of Jazz, a history of New Orleans music, reissued in fall 2009 has new sections on the cultural impact of Hurricane Katrina. 

 Onder Celik

John Hopkins University

Onder Celik is a Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellow and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. He is currently completing his dissertation, Subterranean Dreams: Hunting for Armenian Treasures in the Post-Genocide Landscape. His dissertation explores the popular practices regarding the search for treasures that were supposedly buried by victims of the Armenian genocide in Turkey's Kurdistan in dialogue with discussions of materiality, memory, violence, and the occult. 

Irene Cheng

California College of the Arts

Irene Cheng is an architectural historian whose work interrogates the relation between architecture and politics. She is currently completing work on two books: The Shape of Utopia, which explores several geometric utopias proposed by radical reformers in the mid-nineteenth-century United States, and the collection Race and Modern Architecture, co-edited with Mabel O. Wilson and Charles L. Davis, which highlights the formative role of racial thought in architectural discourse from the eighteenth century to the present. She is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Co-Director of the Experimental History Project at the California College of the Arts.


Michael Dear

UC Berkeley

Michael Dear is Professor Emeritus in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley, and Honorary Professor in the Bartlett School of Planning at University College, London. His most recent book, Why Walls Won’t Work: Repairing the US-Mexico Divide was awarded the Globe Prize for ‘Geography in the Public Interest’ from the Association of American Geographers. Last fall, he co-curated an exhibition at the Richmond Art Center entitled ‘Califas: Art of the California-Mexico Borderlands.’

Hans van Houwelingen


Hans van Houwelingen (Harlingen 1957) attended Minerva Art Academy in Groningen (Netherlands) and at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. His work is manifested in the form of interventions projects in public space, exhibitions, films, lectures and publications, in which he investigates the relations between art, culture and politics. He publishes regularly in newspapers and magazines. The monograph STIFF Hans van Houwelingen vs. Public Art (Artimo, 2004) offers an overview of his projects and texts and an extensive reflection on his work. The publication Update describes the permanent update of the Lorentzmonument in Arnhem (NL) during the exhibition Sonsbeek 2008. In 2011 Undone (Jap Sam Books 2011) was published, presenting nine critical reflections on three recent works. In 1988 Van Houwelingen won a Prix de Rome prize. He received The Queen Wilhelminaring oeuvre award in 2013. Since 2015 he is honorary member of the Academy van Arts from the Royal Akademy of Science (KNAW). Hans van Houwelingen lives and works in Berlin and Amsterdam. 


Paul Farber

Monument Lab, University of Pennsylvania

Paul M. Farber, PhD is a historian, curator, and educator from Philadelphia. He is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Monument Lab, a national public art and history studio currently based at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses in Fine Arts and Urban Studies. He also currently serves as the founding curator-in-residence of the New Arts Justice Initiative at Express Newark. Farber is the author of the forthcoming A Wall of Our Own: An American History of the Berlin Wall (University of North Carolina Press, 2019) and co-editor of Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia (Temple University Press, 2019). His work has previously appeared in the Guardian, Museums & Social Issues, Diplomatic History, Art & the Public Sphere, Vibe, and on NPR.

Anne Fuchs

University College Dublin

Anne Fuchs is Senior Professor and Director of the UCD Humanities Institute. Prior to her post which she took up in October 2016, she was Professor of German Studies at the University of Warwick, Professor and Chair of German at the University of St Andrews and Professor of Modern German Literature and Culture at University College Dublin. She has held several research fellowships and guest professorships and has overseen major funded research projects, such as the five-year Research Programme “German Memory Contests since 1945”. She is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the British Academy. Fuchs has published widely on German cultural memory, modernist and contemporary German literature and, more recently, on theories of time and temporality. She is internationally renowned for her acclaimed monograph W.G. Sebald. Die Schmerzensspuren der Geschichte (2004); Phantoms of War in Contemporary German Literature, Films and Discourse: The Politics of Memory (2008, 2010) and After the Dresden Bombing. Pathways of Memory, 1945 to the Present (2012). Her sixth book Precarious Times: Temporality and History in Modern German Culture will appear with Cornell University Press in 2019. Her publications on literature, film, architecture, monuments, and photography underline her commitment to interdisciplinary humanities inquiry.


Zainabu Jallo

University of Bern

Zainabu Jallo,  Doctoral candidate at the Insitute for Social Anthropology, University of Bern, Switzerland and University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.Through Candomblé`s material culture, her research project follows the development of the Afro-Brazilian religion, from a closed, sacred cult fraught with discrimination and persecution in its beginnings, to its emergence as one of Brazil`s richest religious cultures. Zainabu`s academic and creative work have been conveyed through Fellowships at the Sundance Theater Institute, The Institute for World Literature, Harvard University, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, ResidenzTheater Munich, Chateau de Lavigny, House of Writers in Switzerland. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts England, and UNESCO Coalition of Artists for the General History of Africa.Her scholarly interests include Diaspora studies, Iconic criticism, and Material Culture.

Cecilia Järdemar

Konstfack University in Stockholm

Swedish/Portuguese artist Cecilia Järdemar has a PhD in Photography from the Royal College of Art, and has exhibited and published internationally. Her photographic, performance and video works have been shown in Sweden, Israel, Mexico, Switzerland, Russia, the UK and Germany, and her writings have been published by the Whitechapel Gallery and Riding House press, among others. For the past 2 years she has worked collaboratively with artists Anna Ekman and Freddy Tsimba, and together they have curated exhibitions for Museé D’Art Contemporain in Kinshasa, Gävle Konsthall, The Centre of Photography, Stockholm and Jönköpings Länsmuseum. A monograph of their work will be published by Sailor Press to coincide with their exhibition at Kalmar Konstmuseum opening in June 2019. Järdemar is a lecturer in Fine Art at Konstfack University of Arts in Stockholm, and artist-in-residence at Linnaeus University during spring 19.  


Lauren Kroiz

UC Berkeley

Lauren Kroiz is Associate Professor in the History of Art Department at University of California, Berkeley. Her research and teaching focus on the art of the United States during the twentieth century. She is the author of Cultivating Citizens: The Work of Art in the New Deal Era (University of California Press, 2018) and Creative Composites: Modernism, Race, and the Stieglitz Circle (University of California Press, 2012). Kroiz’s work has been honored by the Phillips Collection Book Prize (2010), the Society for the Preservation of American Modernists’ Publication Grant (2011), the Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award (2016), the College Art Association’s Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant (2016), and the Terra Foundation for American Art’s Visiting Professorship at Freie Universität Berlin (2017-2018). She is currently at work on a project linking whiteness, animacy, and visions of female suffrage.  

Kristina Leko

Berlin University of the Arts

Kristina Leko, Croatian/German artist and activist, teaches artistic strategies in public space at the Institute Art in Context, UdK Berlin since 2013. Leko has M.A. in fine arts (1990), and in contextual art (2005), and absolved her studies of Philosophy and Indology at the University of Zagreb (1996). She has initiated and realized several extensive community art projects in different EU/non-EU countries. She uses a variety of artistic media and formats, such as documentary film, art exhibition, oral history, happening, i.a., whereas social interaction and empowerment are at the core of her participatory practice, often placed in public space. Leko’s solo shows include Secession, Vienna, NGBK Berlin, Kunstverein Bonn, The Kitchen NY, MSU Zagreb; group shows include PS1 NY, Renaissance Society Chicago, CAM Saint Louis, HKW Berlin, GfZK Leipzig, Kunstraum Kreuzberg Berlin, Neue Galerie Graz, i.a. Her public art projects and commissions include Euregio, 2014; Institute for Art in Public Space of Styria, Graz, 2013, 2007; The City of Amsterdam, 2010; Art in Public Space Vienna, 2006, i.a. http://kristinaleko.net/


Camille Mathieu

University of Exeter

Camille Mathieu received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in the History of Art in 2014.  She has taught extensively in the UK: at Oxford University and the University of Manchester, and is now an Assistant Professor, or Lecturer, at the University of Exeter. Camille has held numerous fellowships, including the Cox/Kress Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome from 2010-2013, the Loeb Fellowship at the Zentralinstitut fur Kunstgeschichte in 2017, and the AHRC Kluge Fellowship at the Library of Congress, which she presently holds. She has worked for a wide variety of museums, including the MoMA, the Musée d’Orsay, the Frick Collection, and most recently, the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Camille’s research interests are in the art, architecture, archaeology, and urbanism of France and its colonies from the eighteenth through the early twentieth century.  She is presently completing a book, entitled Revolutionary Appropriations on the artistic networks developed between Rome and Paris in the Napoleonic period.

Judith Mirkinson

"Comfort Women" Justice Coalition

Judith Mirkinson is a long time women’s and human rights activist.  She was responsible for bringing the first “comfort woman” on a nation wide tour in 1993 and has been working on the issue since that time.  She is the author of Red Light, Green Light which was one of the first articles to discuss the relationship between sexual violence, sex trafficking and international policies.  She has given many talks and written articles on this subject including a chapter in a book on the “Comfort Women” to be published this spring and edited by Pyong Gap Min of Queens College, on the building of the statue entitled: Fighting for the ‘Comfort Women’ Isn’t Comfortable: Building the San Francisco Memorial and Why the Issue of the ‘Comfort Women’ is Still Relevant Today. Mirkinson currently serves as the president of the SF/Bay Area chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.  She is the President of the “Comfort Women” Justice Coalition.


John Pinto

Princeton University

John A. Pinto is the Howard Crosby Butler Memorial Professor of the History of Architecture, Emeritus in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, Pinto's research interests center on architecture, urbanism, and landscape in Rome, especially in the eighteenth century. Among his publications are The Trevi Fountain (1986), Hadrian's Villa and its Legacy (1995, co-authored with William L. MacDonald), Speaking Ruins: Piranesi, Architects and Antiquity in Eighteenth-Century Rome (2012), and City of the Soul: Rome and the Romantics (2016). Pinto was a Trustee of the American Academy in Rome from 1996 to 2012. He currently serves on the Senior Fellows Committee for Studies in Landscape Architecture at Dumbarton Oaks and the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Landscape Studies.


Marita Sturken

New York University

Marita Sturken is Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, where she teaches courses in visual culture, cultural memory, and consumerism.  She is the author of Tangled Memories: The Vietnam War, the AIDS Epidemic, and the Politics of Remembering (1997), and Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture (with Lisa Cartwright, third edition 2018), and Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism From Oklahoma City to Ground Zero (2007). She is currently completing a book on Post-9/11 American Memory. 

Bryan Wagner

UC Berkeley

Bryan Wagner is Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on African American expression in the context of slavery and its aftermath, and he has interests in legal history and vernacular culture. His books include Disturbing the Peace: Black Culture and the Police Power after Slavery (Harvard University Press, 2009) and The Tar Baby: A Global History (Princeton University Press, 2017).  A book on The Wild Tchoupitoulas—a landmark album of processional call-and-response music arranged as electric funk—is forthcoming in the 33 1/3 Series from Bloomsbury. A critical edition, The Life and Legend of Bras-Coupé: The Fugitive Slave Who Fought the Law, Ruled the Swamp, Danced at Congo Square, Invented Jazz, and Died for Love, is forthcoming from LSU Press. A co-edited collection of essays, Looking for Law in All the Wrong Places, is forthcoming from Fordham University Press. Current research includes a collaborative work, Slavery and Conspiracy in the Atlantic World.

Kristi Wilson

Soka University of America

Kristi M. Wilson is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, and Affiliate in the Humanities at Soka University of America. Her research and teaching interests include classics, film studies, gender studies, cultural studies and rhetoric. Dr. Wilson is the coeditor of Italian Neorealism and Global Cinema(2007),Film and Genocide (2011), and Political Documentary Cinema in Latin America (2014), and author of numerous publications in such journals as Screen, Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature, Signs, and Literature/Film Quarterly. She also serves on the editorial board and is a film review editor at Latin American Perspectives (SAGE Publications).

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