Visiting Speakers

Faiz Ahmed

Assistant Professor of History
Brown University

Trained as a lawyer and social historian, Faiz Ahmed specializes in the legal and constitutional history of the Middle East and Islamicate world. From the Ottoman Empire to the British Raj, and the eastern Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, Ahmed's primary research interests include student and scholarly networks, constitutional movements and state building, and international law and diplomacy. His first book, Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires (Harvard University Press, 2017), unearths a lost history of Muslim debates and exchange across regional divides by tracing the struggle of a diverse cast of jurists in winning Afghan independence and promulgating the country's first constitution between 1877 and 1923. 

Zeynep Çelik Alexander

Assistant Professor, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
University of Toronto

Zeynep Çelik Alexander is Assistant Professor at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. She is an architectural historian whose work focuses on the history and theory of modern architecture since the Enlightenment. 

Tariq Ali

Writer/Filmmaker

Tariq Ali is a writer and filmmaker. He has written more than two dozen books on world history and politics, and seven novels (translated into over a dozen languages) as well as scripts for the stage and screen. He is an editor of New Left Review and lives in London.  

Lucia Allais

Assistant Professor, History and Theory of Architecture
Princeton University

Lucia Allais is an architectural historian and theorist whose work addresses the relations of architecture, preservation, politics and technology in the modern period, with a special focus on international institutions and global practices in the 20th century. 

Naomi André

Associate Director for Faculty; Associate Professor Arts and Ideas in the Humanities Program
University of Michigan

Naomi André is Associate Professor in Women’s Studies, the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, and the Associate Director for Faculty at the Residential College at the University of Michigan. She received her BA in music from Barnard College and MA and PhD in musicology from Harvard University. Her research focuses on opera and issues surrounding gender, voice, and race. 

Banu Bargu

Associate Professor of Politics
The New School

Banu Bargu is Associate Professor of Politics at the New School for Social Research. Banu Bargu’s main area of specialization is political theory, especially modern and contemporary political thought, with a thematic focus on theories of sovereignty, resistance, and biopolitics. Her research interests are situated at the intersection of philosophy, politics, and anthropology, with a regional focus on the Middle East (especially Turkey).

Jürgen Barkhoff

Professor of German
Trinity College Dublin

Jürgen Barkhoff is Professor of German (1776) at the Department of Germanic Studies and Head of School of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. His main research areas are literature and medicine, science and psychology around 1800, questions of identity in the German speaking world and Europe as reflected in literature and culture and contemporary Swiss literature. He is currently convener of the university wide research theme 'Identities in Transformation'. From 2002-2005 he was Director of the Centre for European Studies, from 2007-2011 Registrar of the University, from 2006-2011 Chair of the Culture, Arts and Humanities Task Force of the Coimbra Group. From 2012-2015 he was Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute. He is currently Vice-Chair of the Executive Board of the Coimbra Group of European Universities.

Catherine Barnett is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, and a Pushcart.