In this special episode, Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi speaks with Alishine Osman, Anisa Salat, and Huma Gupta about their experiences of environmental scarcity and diaspora, as well as the refugee camps and urban environments that became the landscapes of that trajectory. These acts of ecological reclamation can take place on a local, international, planetary, or a historical level. The guests reflect upon their own experiences in practice and research, and how these have led them to their community-oriented, developmental, or scholarly practices of ecological reclamation in Somalia, Iraq and the United States. The questions posed in this episode were drafted and narrated by Barnard and Columbia students enrolled in Prof. Siddiqi's "Colonial Practices" Fall 2020 seminar and as part of the broader Building Solidarities: Racial Justice in the Built Environment lecture series.
Huma Gupta is a scholar of environmental planning and the political economy of architecture. Gupta is a postdoctoral fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, where she is working on two book projects: "Dwelling and the Architecture of Dispossession" and "Dwelling and the Wealth of Nations." In 2020, she completed her dissertation "Migrant Sarifa Settlements and State-Building in Iraq" at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she was a fellow in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture.
Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi
Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi is the Assistant Professor of Architecture at Barnard College. Siddiqi specializes in histories of architecture, modernity, and migration, centering African and South Asian questions of historicity and archives, heritage politics, and feminist and colonial practices. Her manuscript Architecture of Migration: The Dadaab Refugee Camps and Humanitarian Settlement analyzes the history, visual rhetoric, and spatial politics of the Dadaab refugee camps in Northeastern Kenya, as an epistemological vantage point in the African and Islamic world.
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