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InterVIEW/ASAU III

March 3 2022      [2h + 5 min]

 

Assistant Professor Menna Agha, PhD

Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism

Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

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Interviewers in order of participation:

 

 

Federica Goffi CRIPTIC Chair, PhD & MAS Program Co-Chair ASAU, CU

Warren Borg PhD student ASAU, CU

Reem Awad, PhD student ASAU, CU

Ahmed Elsherrif PhD student ASAU, CU

Stephanie Murray MAS student ASAU, CU

Yu Zheng, PhD student ASAU, CU

 

In –InterVIEW/ASAU III- Dr. Menna Agha, Assistant Professor at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism (ASAU) at Carleton University, was invited to reflect on her doctoral experience at the University of Antwerp and how her Nubian culture, heritage, and identity influence her research methods. She spoke about her role and work in the recently established Design and Spatial Justice research area at the ASAU, and discussed her interest in decolonial theory and the methodologies and approaches to research that she has been pursuing in her own work, including auto-ethnographic and reflexivity methods. During the interview she delved into questions of space, place, and imagination in Nubian culture through a decolonial lens, with particular attention to critical themes related to women, gender, and feminism. In the concluding part of the interview, Dr. Agha reflected on her diverse roles as architect, researcher, and teacher.