Eyal Weizman elected Fellow of the British Academy

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Eyal Weizman, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, has been made a Fellow of The British Academy.

Eyal Weizman by Paul Stewart for New Scientist

Professor Weizman is among 76 leading minds from across the world elected this year.

As well as a fellowship, the British Academy is a funding body for research, nationally and internationally, and a forum for debate and engagement with the social sciences and humanities.

Professor Weizman is a founding director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, based in the Department of Visual Cultures, and in 2010 founded the research agency Forensic Architecture.

He continues to direct the unit as it expands and attracts recognition for its innovative spatial and media investigations into global cases of corporate violence, human rights violations and environmental destruction. Forensic Architecture was nominated for the 2018 Turner Prize for four of their exhibitions across 2017-18.

Professor Weizman is a board member of the Centre for Investigative Journalism and of the Technology Advisory Board of the International Criminal Court in the Hague, and a founding member of the architectural collective Decolonizing Architecture in the West Bank, Palestinian territories.

His recent books include Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability (2017), The Conflict Shoreline (2015), Mengele’s Skull (2012) and the collectively edited Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth (2014).

Professor Weizman said: “I’m extremely honoured to be elected to the British Academy Fellowship. A fellowship would lend fundamental support to the work that Forensic Architecture does in the fields of human rights, journalism and the arts. I’m particularly delighted that with this the humanities and social sciences seem to recognise work which is still experimental and multidisciplinary.”

Professor Sir David Cannadine, President of the British Academy, said: “Our new Fellows’ wealth of expertise means the Academy is exceptionally well-placed to provide new knowledge and insights on the challenges of today. Their work has opened rich new seams of understanding and discovery, offering new perspectives on long-standing and emerging challenges alike.”