Forensic Architecture Advisory Board

Rony Brauman | Physician, Research Director of MSF-Crash

A physician and former president of Médecins sans frontière (1982 to 1994), Brauman is currently a scientific advisor to the School of International Affairs at Sciences Po in Paris, where he was previously a professor.

Brauman is also director of the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester and, in 1997, was awarded the Henry Dunant Prize in recognition of his tireless work for the cause of human dignity.

Vikki Bell | Professor of Sociology, Goldsmiths and Research Associate, Faculty of Humanities, Universidad de San Martin (Buenos Aires)

Bell is the current Head of the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She studied Social & Political Sciences at Cambridge and gained her PhD at Edinburgh University in 1992. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Berkeley, University of California, Yale University, University of Buenos Aires and the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (Oñati, Spain).

The author of four monographs, Bell’s work addresses questions of ethics, aesthetics, subjectivity and politics across the social sciences and theoretical humanities.

Caroline Sturdy Colls | Associate Professor of Forensic Archaeology & Genocide Investigation, Staffordshire

Sturdy Colls teaches in forensic archaeology, techniques in the identification of human remains and crime scene investigation, and is Research Lead of the Centre of Archaeology at Staffordshire University. She specialises in Holocaust studies, and her research focuses on the application of interdisciplinary approaches to the investigation of Holocaust landscapes – work which included the first archaeological surveys of the former extermination camp at Treblinka.

Sturdy Colls sits on the NWO Holocaust Archaeology Group, is a consultant for the Polish-German Reconciliation Foundation and, as a practising forensic archaeologist, undertakes consultancy for UK Police forces.

Kodwo Eshun | Artist and Lecturer in Aural and Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths and Curator and Director of the Otolith Group

Eshun is a writer, journalist, theorist, and filmmaker as well as teaching Contemporary Art Theory in Goldsmiths’ Department of Visual Cultures. Formerly affiliated with the University of Warwick’s Cybernetic Culture Research Unit, Eshun co-founded the Turner Prize-nominated artists collective the Otolith Group. Eshun writes on Afrofuturism, music culture and transnationality.

Anselm Franke | Curator, Head of Visual Arts and Film at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW)

A curator and author who received his doctorate from Goldsmiths, Franke has led the Department of Visual Arts and Film at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt since 2013. He has curated and exhibited across the world, from Shenzhen to Beirut to New York.

Michel Feher | Philosopher & Cultural Theorist, Founding Editor of Zone Books

Feher is a renowned philosopher and cultural theorist, and the founding editor of Zone Books. Feher has formerly been a professor or visiting lecturer at the École Nationale Supérieure in Paris, UC Berkeley and Goldsmiths, where, in 2015, he delivered a series of lectures titled The Age of Appreciation: Lectures on the Neoliberal ConditionHis Near Futures series explores the challenges borne of governmental and institutional responses to critical global events, addressed by journalists, scholars, political activists and artists across numerous genres and media.

Feher is also co-founder and president of Cette France-là, Paris, a monitoring group on French immigration policy.

Matthew Fuller | Professor of Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths

Fuller is an author and academic, and formerly the Director of Goldsmiths’ Centre for Cultural Studies. He writes on media theory, software, critical theory and contemporary fiction, exploring non-traditional uses of media as well as media power.

Fuller is also a media artist and co-founded the MIT Press book series Software Studies.

Jennifer Gabrys | Professor of Sociology, Goldsmiths and Principal Investigator of Citizen Sense

As well as a professorship in Goldsmiths’ Department of Sociology, Gabrys leads the Citizen Sense project, based at Goldsmiths and funded by the European Research Council. The project investigates the relationship between citizen engagement and the technologies and practices of environmental sensing and data-gathering.

Gabrys’ publications within that area include Gabrys’ books Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics and Program Earth: Environmental Sensing Technology and the Making of a Computational Planet.

Thomas Keenan | Director of the Human Rights Project and Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Bard College

Keenan teaches literary theory and directs the Human Rights Project at Bard College, NY. In 2012, Keenan published Mengele’s Skull: The Advent of a Forensic Aesthetics with Forensic Architecture’s director, Eyal Weizman, a book which described a set of techniques for the identification of missing people which have since led to the identification of thousands of bodies across South America and the world.

Keenan is a former Shorenstein Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard, and an editorial and advisory board member of the Journal of Human Rights.

David Kuper | Legal Advisor, Goldsmiths

David is a practising solicitor who is primarily responsible for legal oversight of all significant research and business collaboration contracts at Goldsmiths. David was previously a partner in a boutique West End law firm specialising in intellectual property and patent litigation, where he acted for clients both in the UK and internationally. Prior to training as a solicitor David worked in IT and telecommunications, and in addition to his work at Goldsmiths David is a legal consultant to several high-tech start-up and spin-out companies.

Sina Najafi | Editor-in-Chief, Cabinet Magazine

Najafi is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Cabinet Magazine, a Brooklyn-based art and culture quarterly which has featured the writings of Forensic Architecture’s director, Eyal Weizman.

Najafi is also a curator and has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Suhail Malik | Reader in Critical Studies, Goldsmiths

Malik is an author and Course Leader in Art Practice Critical Studies at Goldsmiths.

Joanne Mariner | Senior Crisis Response Adviser at Amnesty International

Before her role as a senior adviser at Amnesty International, Mariner was the Human Rights Program Director at Hunter College, City University of New York, and before that, Director of the Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program at Human Rights Watch.

Mariner is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and belongs to the board of advisors of the International Justice Resource Center and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism. She has taught at Georgetown Law Center and American University’s Washington College of Law and received the American Society of International Law’s Distinguished Woman in International Law award in 2005. She has written for the Guardian and Foreign Policy.

Mustafa Qadri | Founder, Equidem Research & Consulting and Research Fellow at the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB)

Formerly a senior researcher for Amnesty International, where he covered Pakistan and the Gulf states, Qadri penned Amnesty’s landmark recent report The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game, about migrant workers’ rights in Qatar ahead of the football world cup in 2022.

Also a former consultant at Human Rights Watch, Qadri now directs Equidem, a specialist human rights and labour rights consultancy. He holds a research fellowship at the Institute for Human Rights and Business, and was previously a freelance journalist, covering Pakistan for the Guardian and the Los Angeles Times, amongst others.

Ines Weizman | Junior Professor in Architectural Theory, Bauhaus-Universitat, Weimar

Weizman is a junior professor of Architectural Theory at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. She has previously taught at the Goldsmiths, the Architectural Association, the Berlage Institute of Architecture in Rotterdam and London Metropolitan University. She is also co-director of the Bauhaus Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture and Planning and heads the Centre for Documentary Architecture.

In 2012, she organized the 9th International Architectural Humanities Research Association Conference (AHRA) entitled Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence and, in 2016, the 13th International Bauhaus Colloquium on “Dust and Data”.

Nicole Wolf | Ethics Officer, Senior Lecturer in Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths

Wolf’s background is in anthropology and film, particularly focusing on the many varied forms that documentary work and political cinema can take. Her interests merge in thinking, writing, teaching, and curating with political cinemas as modes of critical and productive relations.

Wolf is also a member of Goldsmiths’ Research Ethics and Integrity Sub-Committee. The Sub-Committee provides support and advice to researchers and others within the College on matters relating to research integrity as well as ensuring that ethical issues associated with research projects have been appropriately considered, addressed, and approved before the projects begin.

Chris Woods | Investigative Journalist, Airwars

Chris Woods leads the Airwars project, also based at Goldsmiths. A journalist, he previously worked for the BBC’s Newsnight and Panorama as a senior producer. Chris also set up and ran the Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s award-winning Drones Project. His book, Sudden Justice, charts the history of armed drone use in Iraq and elsewhere since 9/11.