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Storytelling and Spatial Violence Series

Public Humanities, Humanities in Practice

March 4, 2021

Please join us for a film and discussion series on the impacts of gentrification, development, and other forms of spatial violence. The Public Humanities Initiative at the SOF/Heyman presents four events exploring architectural and territorial planning as instruments of violence, and the activists that seek to use visual and narrative storytelling as a way to reclaim spatial rights. The films we will highlight not only serve to reflect on the contemporary global context of spatial violence, they also serve as instances where artistic and humanistic production engage in spatial activism.

Panels feature the film’s director/producer in discussion with architectural historians, sociologists, and others. All films will be available to registrants for the 24 hours preceding the scheduled panel time.

Co-organized by Maria Gonzalez Pendas with Nisrin Elamin, Naeem Mohaiemen, and Dimitris Antoniou


Not in My Neighbourhood | 2018 | 86 mins
November 12th, 6:00pm EST

If you are a member of the Columbia University community, you can access the film via CLIO at any time.

Director Kurt Orderson (Azania Rising Productions, South Africa) and co-producer Najma Nuriddin (Nsorma Films) will participate in a panel discussion with sociologist Sujatha Fernandes (University of Sydney) and architectural historian Anooradha Siddiqi (Barnard College).


Forensic Architecture | Selection of short films
November 19th, 6:00pm EST

Samaneh Moafi (Forensic Architecture, London) in conversation with Beth Stryker (Cluster, Cairo; ArteEast, New York), moderated by Naeem Mohaiemen (Society of Fellows, Columbia University)

All registrants for this event will receive viewing links for the following four FA films: Cloud Studies (23 min; Region: Worldwide, tear gas and spatial dispersion), Herbicidal Warfare in Gaza (8 min; Region: Palestine-Israel); Triple Chaser (8 min; Region: US-Mexico border), and Shipwreck at the Threshold of Europe (23 min; Region: Aegean Sea).


The Concrete Revolution | 2004 | 61 mins
December 3rd, 4:00pm EST

Xiaolu Guo, writer and director in conversation with architectural historian María González Pendás (SOF/Heyman, Columbia University) and SOF Fellow JM Chris Chang (SOF/Heyman, Columbia University).


Third Kind | 2018 | 21 mins
December 10th, 12:00pm EST

This event is hosted by the The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative and the University Seminar in Modern Greek

Yorgos Zois, film director in conversation with anthropologists George Μantzios (University of Toronto) and Dimitris Antoniou (SNFPHI, Columbia University