associate professor 2011 - present

Azra Akšamija is an artist and architectural historian, Director of the MIT Future Heritage Lab and an Associate Professor in the MIT Art, Culture and Technology Program. In her multi-disciplinary work, Akšamija investigates the politics of identity and memory on the scale of the body (clothing and wearable technologies), on the civic scale (religious architecture and cultural institutions), and within the context of history and global cultural flows. Her projects explore cretve responses to conflict and crisis though transcultural aesthetics, civic preservation, pedagogy  through co-creation, and in so doing, provide a framework for analyzing and intervening in contested socio-political realities.

Akšamija’s recent academic research focuses on the representation of Islam in the West, destruction and restoration of cultural heritage in the Balkans and the MENA region. In her artistic practice, Akšamija combines cultural heritage from different contexts towards the creation of new art forms and future heritage. Her work has been published and exhibited in leading international venues such as at the Generali Foundation Vienna, Valencia Biennial, Gallery for Contemporary Art Leipzig, Liverpool Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Sculpture Center New York, Secession Vienna, Manifesta 7, Stroom The Hague, the Royal Academy of Arts London, Jewish Museum Berlin, Queens Museum of Art in New York, Qalandiya International, London Biennale – Manila Pollination 2016 and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini as a part of the 54th Art Biennale in Venice. She received the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2013 for her design of the prayer space in the Islamic Cemetery Altach, Austria.

 

Selected Publications
“Nomadic Mosque.” Volume.  no.14. (2006): 124-126.
“Generic Mosque.” Critical Design 24 , (2007)
“Mosques.” In: OMaGiu. No.4., edited by Mihnea Mircan and Ciprian Tudor, 82-87. Bucharest: Daniel Adam, 2006.
“Nomadic Mosque.” Lovely Daze. New York City, NY. Editor and publisher Charwei Tsai. (2006):10-11.
“Dirndlmoschee” Bob 02: Eskapaden. Graz and Vienna: Club Bellevue, (2005):73.
“Nomadic Mosque: Wearable Prayer Space for Contemporary Islamic Practice in the West.” Thresholds 32. Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (2005):17-21.
“The Bosnian Chronicle.” In: On the Political Power of Cultural Territories, edited by Gallerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig in cooperation with Kulturstiftung des Bundes, 364-391. Köln: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König, 2003/2004

 

Research Fellowships and Project Grants
Research Award provided by the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) for book project – Spring 2013
ACT Pilot Grant from the MIT Program in Art, Culture, Technology – Spring 2013
Director’s Grant from the Council for the Arts at MIT (project grant) – Spring 2012
Grant by The Council for the Arts at MIT (project grant) – 2011-2013
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Tufts University Center for the Humanities (declined) – 2009-2010
Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, awarded by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (one year fellowship) – Summer 2009
Kress Travel Fellowships in the History of Art, awarded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation – 2008/2009
Krupp Foundation Fellowship, awarded by the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University (one year fellowship) – 2007/2008
MIT / Barakat Foundation Grant (project grant) – Fall 2007
Hyzen Fellowship, MIT (one semester fellowship) – Summer 2007
Grant by The Council for the Arts at MIT (project grant) – Summer 2006
Grant by The Council for the Arts at MIT (project grant) – Spring 2005
Travel Grant 2005-2006, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture MIT – 2004-2007
Aga Khan Fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (4 years) – Fall 2002
Grant by The Office of The Austrian Federal Chancellor (BKA) – 2002 – 2004
Princeton University Graduate Fellowship (1,5 years) – Summer 2002
Styrian Provincial Government Fellowship, Department for Science and Research – Spring 2001
Stipendium für kurzfristiges wissenschaftliches Arbeiten im Ausland (4 months), Technical University Graz – 1999-2000
Socrates/ Erasmus – Mobilitätsstipendium (1 year)

 

Honors and Awards
Nomination for the Prix Ars Electronica Award 2013 (Category: “Digital Communities”), Linz, Austria – Fall 2012/13
Nomination for The Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the project Islamic cemetery Altach (architecture by Bernardo Bader, art by Azra Aksamija) – Fall 2012
Winner of the International 2012 Piranesi Award for Architecture, for the project Islamic cemetery Altach (architecture by Bernardo Bader, art by Azra Aksamija)
– Fall 2012
Nomination for The Mies van der Rohe Award 2013, the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture for the project Islamic cemetery Altach (architecture by Bernardo Bader, art by Azra Aksamija) – Fall 2012
Nomination for DETAIL Prize 2012 for the project Islamic cemetery Altach (architecture by Bernardo Bader, art by Azra Aksamija) – Spring 2006
Harold and Arlene Schitzer Prize in the Visual Arts 2006 (3rd pr.), MIT Council for the Arts – Fall 2003
Honorable Mention at 6th Graz Biennial on Media and Architecture – 2002

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