MAS Context Fall Talks 2020
Uppland panel discussion

Screenshots from “NIMBA Building the LAMCO railroad from scratch in Liberia, circa 1970.” Image courtesy of Herron Rail Video. Composite by Killian Doherty.


Sunday, July 26, 2020
2 pm CST
RSVP information coming soon


On Sunday, July 26, MAS Context has organized a conversation coinciding with the week-long online screening of the film Uppland. The event will be moderated by Danny Hoffman, Bartley-Dobb Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence, and Chair of the African Studies Program in the University of Washington’s Jackson School for International Studies.


In this event, Danny Hoffman will moderate a discussion about the main ideas behind the film Uppland with film director Edward Lawrenson, architect and film co-producer Killian Doherty, and architect Sumayya Vally. After the conversation, the program will include a Q+A session.


Uppland will be available online from July 26 until August 2, 2020. For more information / watch:


Killian Doherty is an architect with an interest in post-conflict/disaster built environments. Through his practice and research he explores how “development,” as regeneration, (re)produces unevenness in cities across the Global North and South. With experience in social and affordable housing through practice in Ireland, Killian has also worked with ex-black panther, Malik Rahim, in the Lower ninth ward of New Orleans following hurricane Katrina in 2007, on a number of housing, social and environmental restoration projects. Since then his work has been situated in the post-war reconstruction contexts of Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Liberia. In 2014 he was awarded the Frederick Bonnart Scholarship to undertake his PhD by Design at the University College London, Bartlett School of Architecture. He is currently assistant professor/lecturer in Architecture and Urbanism at Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA). | @ArchitectureFO

Danny Hoffman is the Bartley-Dobb Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence, and Chair of the African Studies Program in the University of Washington’s Jackson School for International Studies. Trained as a photojournalist and an anthropologist, Hoffman is the author of two books on the Mano River region of West Africa: The War Machines: Young Men and Violence in Sierra Leone and Liberia, and Monrovia Modern: Urban Form and Political Imagination in Liberia.

Edward Lawrenson is a Scottish filmmaker and writer based in London. His films have played at a number of festivals, including Sundance, BFI London Film Festival, True/False, Open City; and cinemas, including the Museum of the Moving Image in New York and London’s ICA. He has also made radio documentaries for BBC Radio 4. Lawrenson’s 2014 documentary Abandoned Goods (codirected with Pia Borg) won the Golden Leopard for Best International Short at the Locarno Film Festival and he was named as one of Filmmaker Magazine‘s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2015. He is a Senior Lecturer in Filmmaking and Kingston School of Art, Kingston University. | @EdwardLawrenson

Digital collage and a forensic approach to space expose Sumayya Vally’s particular obsession with deconstructing and reconstructing image and space. Whether unpacking the city through a microscope, or satellite imagery, Sumayya has a particular interest in exposing the parts of its constituency, which are largely invisible. Her interests have admitted her into a host of prominent conceptual and investigatory projects, including a position as assistant curator and film producer for La Biennale di Venezia 2014 (South African Pavilion). In 2015, she co-founded the experimental architecture and research firm, Counterspace. She currently teaches design at the University of Johannesburg as co-leader of Unit 12, An African Almanac, at the Graduate School of Architecture, Johannesburg. |

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