Cogut Institute for the Humanities

Ariella Aïsha Azoulay

Fall 2022 Faculty Fellow, Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Comparative Literature
Project “Arab-Judaica: More Than Objects, the Colonial Termination of Arab-Jewish Life in Algeria”
Last updated June 20, 2023, based on June 2022 biographical sketch


Ariella Aïsha Azoulay is Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Comparative Literature, and a film essayist and curator of archives and exhibitions. Her books include: Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism (Verso Books, 2019), Civil Imagination: The Political Ontology of Photography (Verso Books, 2012), The Civil Contract of Photography (Zone Books, 2008), and From Palestine to Israel: A Photographic Record of Destruction and State Formation, 1947–1950 (Pluto Press, 2011). Among her films: Un-documented: Unlearning Imperial Plunder (2019) and Civil Alliances, Palestine, 47–48 (2012). Among her exhibitions: “Errata” (Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, 2019; HKW, Berlin, 2020), and “Enough! The Natural Violence of New World Order” (F/Stop photography festival, Leipzig, 2016).

Meet the Fellows talk: “Inhabiting the Jewish Muslim World in Algeria”