DISCUSSIONS Series Lecture: Zeynep Çelik Alexander

November 12, 2019
Danforth University Center (DUC) 234

Zeynep Çelik Alexander, associate professor of architectural history at Columbia University, will deliver a lecture titled Stacking the Decks at the Library of Congress as part of DISCUSSIONS in Architectural History and Theory.

Zeynep Çelik Alexander is an Associate Professor at the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. She is an architectural historian who specializes in the period since the Enlightenment in Europe and beyond. Çelik Alexander is currently at work on a book titled Cabinets, Drawers, Shelves, an account of nineteenth-century architectures that may be seen as precursors to today’s databases. While departing radically in subject matter from her first monograph Kinaesthetic Knowing: Aesthetics, Epistemology, Modern Design (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2017), this second book, too, explores the epistemic infrastructures of architectural modernity. Design Technics: Archaeologies of Architectural Practice (co-edited with John J. May), a collection of essays on techniques that have come to dominate the design disciplines today, is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press in 2019. Çelik Alexander has published essays in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, New German Critique, Harvard Design Magazine, Log, e-flux, Grey Room, Journal of Design History, and Centropa. She is an editor of Grey Room and a member the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative.

Image: Copyright deposits in the basement before classifying, circa 1898 from Viewpoints; A Selection from the Pictorial Collections of the Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1975), no. 8.



Coordinated by Eric Mumford, the Rebecca and John Voyles Professor of Architecture, and Igor Marjanović, the JoAnne Stolaroff Cotsen Professor of Architecture, the DISCUSSIONS series is aimed at provoking advanced conversations on research in architectural history and theory. Full details are available here>>