Uzma Z. Rizvi
Anthropology and Urban Studies
Uzma Z. Rizvi is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Urban Studies at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, and a Visiting Researcher at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. Rizvi’s research interests include decolonizing archaeology, ancient urbanism, critical heritage studies, new materialism, and the postcolonial critique. A primary focus of her work contends with archaeological epistemologies and methodologies and changed praxis based on decolonized principles and participatory ethics. Rizvi has intentionally interwoven archaeology with cultural criticism, philosophy, critical theory, art, and design. Her new monograph, The Affect of Crafting: Third Millennium BCE Copper Arrowheads from Rajasthan, India (in press) follows other publications including volumes such as Archaeology and the Postcolonial Critique (2008), Handbook on Postcolonial Archaeology (2010), and Connections and Complexity: New Approaches to the Archaeology of South Asia (2013). Most recently, her article, ‘Critical Heritage and Participatory Discourses in the UAE’ (2018) was published in a special issue on Decolonising Design in the journal, Design, and Culture. Rizvi specializes in studying third millennium BCE communities in the MENASA region, as well as being a critical voice for global issues related to issues around equity and justice.
Senior Tech Specialist
Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative
Can Sucuoğlu is an architect, specializing in urban and geographical data mining projects. He has worked as a designer, digital manufacturing consultant and design coordinator. He is the co-founder of Bits ‘n Bricks an Istanbul based design research company focusing on mapping, storytelling and design optimization.