Keynote Speakers

Prof. Gordana Fontana Giusti, Kent School of Architecture, University of Kent.


Gordana Fontana-Giusti is an architect, architectural theoretician and urban designer.

She has been the Assistant Director of Histories and Theories Programme at the AA Graduate School and was involved in setting up and teaching at the London Consortium Doctoral Programme – comprising the AA, Tate, Birkbeck College, British Film Institute and the ICA.

Fontana-Giusti was the Director of Urban Design unit at Central Saint Martins Innovation Centre, University of the Arts, London, the coordinator of Agora Cities for People – The FP5 European Commission sponsored project in urban research and design.

She has published articles in AA-Files, ARQ, and The Journal of Architecture and is the author of the Complete Works of Zaha Hadid (with Patrik Schumacher 2004, Thames and Hudson), Foucault for Architects(2013 Routledge) and co-editor and author of Scale: Imagination, perception and practice in architecture (2011, Routledge).

Fontana-Giusti teaches both theory and design at undergraduate and graduate level. She has lectured widely in the UK and abroad including international conferences in UNESCO Paris, UIA Istanbul, Walk 21 Zurich, and at universities in Utrecht, Barcelona, Novi Sad and a number of AHRA conferences.

Most recently Fontana-Giusti has been involved in collaborative regeneration and urban design projects in Beijing organised by the Architectural Society of China, and has lectured at Chinese University of Hong Kong, Tsinghua University and Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture.

Fontana-Giusti is the Professor of Regional Regeneration and the Director of CREAte (Centre for Research in European Architecture) within which she leads the MA in Architecture and City programme in urban design that is taught in both Canterbury and Paris. She is the Director of PhD Programme at the School of Architecture.
Fontana-Giusti actively collaborates with the Turner Contemporary, KCC, CCC and other local and regional agencies.


Dr. Marianne Amar, Musée de l’Immigration (Paris, France)Marianne

Marianne Amar is a historian.

She holds a PhD from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris in France and she has been the director of Research at Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration in Paris since 2005.

Since 2013, she is also general editor of the journal Diasporas. Circulations, migrations histoire, (Diasporas. Circulations, Migrations, History) which specializes on the history of migrations and diasporas from Antiquity to the contemporary age.

Her first works of research focused on political and social history of France after 1945. She is currently working  on the history of migration by looking at three main axes : photographical representations and usages, the long history of memories, and the social history of refugees from the 1930s to the 1950s in the Western world.

Among her recent publications, she has edited two collections due to be published in 2014 : Migrations. Perspectives scientifiques, médiations muséales, (Migrations. Scientific Perspectives, Mediations in the Museum) Québec, University of Laval Press; Mémoires des migrations et temps de l’histoire (Memories of Migrations and the Times of History) Tours, Presses Universitaires François Rabelais, and the special issue of Diasporas, entitled « Retour au temps long » (“Return to long times”).


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