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Anooradha Siddiqi, Assistant Professor, Faculty Fellow

Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi is an Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow at Gallatin and Research Fellow in the University of Basel’s Institute of Urban and Landscape Studies. She works on histories of architecture, the built environment, and modernist culture and discourses, with research based substantively in East Africa and South Asia. Her interests include settlement and spatial practice across borders, the politics and aesthetics of heritage, emergency urbanisms and territoriality, and constructions of the archive. She is writing a manuscript on entanglements of humanitarianism and architecture from the eighteenth century to the present, drawing from a history of liberating and coercive settlement in Kenya and the Somali borderlands, global spatial practices of humanitarian intervention, and the visual rhetoric of the Dadaab refugee camps. Her recent research investigates claims upon autochthonous and modern architectures in colonial to post-imperial South Asia, in the discourses of the Sir JJ School of Art Mumbai and the arts journal Marg, as well as the career of architect Minnette De Silva, which formed within them. Siddiqi’s work has received support from the Fulbright Scholar Program, the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Social Science Research Council, the Graham Foundation, the New York University Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Institute of Fine Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming book, Spatial Violence (Routledge, 2016). She received a PhD in the History of Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, and teaches courses in the history and theory of architecture and cities, methods of interdisciplinary research, and the aesthetics and politics of mobility and territory.