Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi is Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow in the Gallatin School for Individualized Study and Provost’s Postdoctoral Program for Academic Diversity at New York University, and is affiliated with the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, and the British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi.
Her historical and ethnographic research focuses on spatial politics, urbanisms, and modernist culture and discourses, with study based substantively in East Africa and South Asia. Her interests include social and cultural histories of modernity and modernism, the aesthetics and spatial politics of heritage and emergency, histories of settlement and spatial practice across borders, and problematics of research methods. She is writing a book manuscript, Architecture of Humanitarianism: The Dadaab Refugee Camps and Emergency Urbanism in History, 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 and material cultures of humanitarian intervention, and the visual rhetoric of the Dadaab refugee camps.
She is conducting research for another book manuscript on the figuration of the cultural and practical field of modern architecture in colonial to post-imperial South Asia, and particularly its constructions of and claims upon an “Asia” through cultural heritage and autochthonous architectures; Vocal Instruments: Minnette De Silva and an Asian Modern Architecture examines craft, patrimony, heritage, and modernism as refracted through the intellectual work of architect Minnette De Silva as well as the discourses and practices of organs such as the Archaeological Survey of India, the Government Schools of Art, and the arts journal MARG.
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 teaches courses on African, South Asian, and global history, architecture, cities, and cultural anthropology, as well as interdisciplinary research methods. She received a PhD in the History of Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.
Teaching and Research Interests
architecture and cities in history; global, African, South Asian modernity and modernisms; mobility, territory, border studies; critical studies of heritage and humanitarianism; spatial politics; gender and postcolonial theory; research methods in history, ethnography, visual studies; problematics of the archive
PhD, New York University Institute of Fine Arts MA, New York University Institute of Fine Arts M.Arch, University of Washington BA, Georgetown University
Professor Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi is a co-editor of Spatial Violence (Routledge, 2016).