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Keynote speakers at

Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos 2017

08-12 November 2017, Funchal, Madeira


Keller Easterling is an architect, writer and professor at Yale. Her most recent book, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (Verso, 2014), examines global infrastructure as a medium of polity. Another recent book, Subtraction (Sternberg, 2014), considers building removal or how to put the development machine into reverse. Other books include: Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and its Political Masquerades (MIT, 2005) and Organization Space: Landscapes, Highways and Houses in America (MIT, 1999).


Lindsay Bremner is Director of Architectural Research at the University of Westminster. She was previously Professor of Architecture in the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia (2006 – 2011) and Chair of Architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg (1998 – 2004). She is author of Writing the City in Being: Essays on Johannesburg 1998 - 2008 (Fourthwall Books, 2010) and her writings have appeared in Bracket, Cities, Domus, Public Culture, Social Identities, and The Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, amongst others. She was recently awarded a European Research Council grant for a five-year research project titled Monsoon Assemblages that will investigate changing monsoon climates in three south Asian cities - Chennai, Delhi and Dhaka.


May Joseph was born in Tanzania and is Professor of Global Studies in the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute, New York. Her scholarly research combines critical cultural theory and environmental practice, and she has published widely on globalization, urbanism, performance and visual culture, including books on Fluid New York: Cosmopolitan Urbanism and the Green Imagination (Duke University Press, 2013); Nomadic Identities: The Performance of Citizenship (Minnesota, 1999), and the co-edited Performing Hybridity (Minnesota, 1999). Joseph is founder of the environmental collective Harmattan Theater and has dramaturged and directed Harmattan’s site specific outdoor productions, exploring the history of New York City through architecture, design, and environmentalism. Joseph’s artistic work includes cities in India, where she made a short film about the Yamuna River in Delhi, and is working on a site specific performance along the Fort Cochin seawall.


Olivia Binia is Principal Researcher and Deputy Director at the Institute of Social Sciences (University of Lisbon) and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography and Resource Management (Chinese University of Hong Kong), with degrees in political science and geography. She sees herself as an interdisciplinary ‘policy-engaged’ researcher, trying to wrestle with challenges of the (un)sustainability of our socio-economic model, and its effect on our quality of life, through the lens of environmental governance, sustainable futures and transition theories. Recent projects explore the changing discourse in sustainable development, the critical issues underlying green growth, limits to growth and notions of scarcity.