Fellow Talks

Date(s) - 28/01/2015
18:00 - 20:00

IKB - Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte, Raum 0.12
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Fellow Talks:Fellow Plakat

Dr. Olga Smith, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Postdoctoral Fellow

Authorless Pictures: Uses of Photography in Christian Boltanski`s Early Work (1969-1975)

Olga Smith is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Humboldt University with the project ‘National territories: the politics and aesthetics of photographic representations of landscape in Germany, France and Italy, from the 1980s to the present’.
She has previously held positions at the University of St Andrews and Tate
Gallery, London. Olga is a graduate of the University of Cambridge (BA and Mphil) where she also prepared her doctoral thesis devoted to the study of the photographic practices and critical approaches to photography in France since the 1970s.
She has held a visiting fellowship at the École normale supérieure, Paris and an
Entente Cordiale scholarship, awarded by the French Embassy in the UK and is
the co-founder of Ph, a UK-wide photography research network.


Mohamed Kamal Elshahed, Fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studien Berlin

Mid-Twentieth Century Architectural Modernism: A View from the Margins (Egypt).

Mohamed Elshahed is fellow at the Forum für Transregionale Studien, Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices 2014/15. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the MA in Architecture Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
His PhD dissertation in Middle East Studies at New York University (NYU) was titled “Revolutionary Modernism? Architecture and the Politics of Transition in Egypt, 1936-1967” and argued that 1950s urban and architectural development associated with Nasserism refashioned preexisting architectural production in the service of Egypt’s “necessary transitional authoritarianism”. He is currently working on a book manuscript based on his dissertation which he expands upon by incorporating other forms of cultural production from the period of his study, such as popular cinema, song, and literature.