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Spatializing Histories and Nationhood: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie


Date: 11/30/2009

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: 125 Nolte Center for Continuing Education

Cost: Free and open to the public


 Alona Nitzan-Shiftan is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. She studies post-WWII architectural culture, particularly in Israel and the US, and focuses her research on cross-cultural contexts in light of recent thought in the fields of nationalism, Orientalism and post-colonialism. She holds a Ph.D. and an S.M.Arch.S from MIT, a B.Arch cum laude from the Technion, and was recently the Mary Davis and the Kress Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery. She was a Lady Davis Fellow at the Technion, and received grants from the trusts of Arthur Goldreich (Bezalel) William Sandberg (Israel Museum), and the Aga Khan Program (MIT and Harvard).

Nitzan-Shiftan's publications have appeared in Architectural History, Theory and CriticismHarvard Design MagazineJama'a, andThresholds as well as in edited volumes such as The End of Tradition. She currently works on "Israelizing Jerusalem: the Politics of Architecture and Beauty in a Contested City" and on I.M. Pei's East Building, the subject of an exhibition she co-curated at the National Gallery.

Prof. Nitzan-Shiftan's visit is hosted bythe Design, Architecture, and Culture Group of Quadrant, a joint initiative of the University of Minnesota Press and the Institute for Advanced Study. Quadrant is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional cosponsorship provided by the IAS collaborative Identity in the Mediterranean World: From the Middle Ages to Today.



  • Name: Institute for Advanced Study
  • E-mail: ias@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-626-5054
  • Sponsored by: Institute for Advanced Study


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