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Centre for Urban Conflicts Research



Michal began her PhD at the Architecture Department in October 2017. The working title of her thesis is ‘Walking as an Aesthetic Form of Political Resistance in Postcolonial Landscapes’. She is supervised by Dr Maximilian Sternberg, and is an ESRC Cambridge Scholar. Prior to this Michal gained a Distinction in MA Art and Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London, and holds a BA Joint Honours degree in History of Art and Fine Art from the same University.

In 2016, Michal initiated the Order of Things Collective, which creates an ongoing mapping of Deptford, and hosts workshop events of radical cartography and map-making in and around the Deptford area. Between 2014 and 2016, Michal developed an educational counter-mapping project with the Hotel Elephant Gallery and several local schools. This project revolved around the notion of maps as a departure point for personal and collective explorations of the neighbourhood. 

Selected Conference Papers and Presentations:

  • ‘Mapping the Israeli Occupation’, the 12th Annual Graduate Conference: Political Science, International Relations & Public Policy in Memory of Yitzhak Rabin, University of Jerusalem (December 2016).
  • Exhibited artwork titled Fearless Speech in exhibition at the Tutu center conference, Narratives of Peace and Conflict (August 2015).



Counter mapping, Migration and Refuge, Colonial/Postcolonial landscapes, Performativity, alternative heritage and memory sites, politics of visibility, racialization of space.


Key publications: 

Huss, M, ‘Mapping the Occupation: Performativity and the Precarious Israeli Identity’, Geopolitics (Nov 2017): pp. 1-15. <> 

PhD Candidate in Architecture
 Michal  Huss

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