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Race Forum at Birkbeck & MA Culture Diaspora Ethnicity Public Lecture

Venue: Birkbeck Main Building, Malet Street

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'The destruction of life in Gaza: evidence from the ground up' by Omar Ferwati & Nour Abuzaid, Forensic Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London

Since Israel's assault on Gaza began in October, Forensic Architecture has been documenting evidence of Israel's human rights violations across the Strip. Our analysis has considered specific incidents of civilian targeting, widespread practices of ecocide, attacks on aid, and the ongoing Israeli abuse of supposed humanitarian measures like 'evacuation orders' and 'humanitarian zones.' In this lecture, we show the breadth of investigations FA has conducted over the past eight months in Gaza and argue for the necessity of inter-scalar analysis to understand and evidence the total destruction of life conditions in Gaza. 

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The event will take place in Birkbeck's main building in room B34, Malet Street, WC1E 7JL


Nour Abuzaid

Nour is a Senior Researcher at Forensic Architecture. Her role at Forensic Architecture involves conducting spatial research and creating computational tools for automation and visualisation. In her role as MENA liaison, she trains and advises collaborators in human rights organizations from the region on FA's research methodologies. She works on developing publicly accessible (web-based) research tools to disseminate evidence to non-expert actors on the ground and support grassroots activism.


Omar Ferwati 

Omar is the Head of Research Management at Forensic Architecture where he is involved in developing and applying spatial methods for human rights investigations. His investigations have ranged from airstrikes and colonial violence in Palestine to environmental racism in Namibia. His own research includes how civilians use architecture to survive urban warfare. He trained as an architect in Canada and has worked at several architecture practices internationally. Omar previously taught at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture



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