Dehlia Hannah, Ph.D., is a curator and philosopher of nature. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, where her Ny Carlsberg funded project Rewilding the Museum (2021-2025) examines the art museum’s status within the fragile ecologies of the Anthropocene. She received her PhD in Philosophy and Certificate in Feminist Inquiry from Columbia University, with specializations in aesthetics, philosophy of science and philosophy of nature. Her recent book A Year Without a Winter (Columbia University Press, 2018) reframes contemporary imaginaries of climate change by revisiting the environmental conditions under which Frankenstein was written and the global aftermath of the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora. As Mads Øvlisen Postdoctoral Fellow in Art and Natural Sciences at Aalborg University, her most recent project An Imaginary Museum of Philosophical Monsters (2018-2021) examines the role of thought experiments and imaginary creatures, places, and things in philosophical reasoning.
As a curator, her exhibitions and artistic collaborations explore how emerging science and technology inform the aesthetic contestation of ideas of nature. Past exhibitions include Placing the Golden Spike: Landscapes of the Anthropocene (Milwaukee, 2015), and Control: Experiment (Stockholm, 2016), Dressing in a World of Endless Rainfall (Copenhagen, 2016), Emerge: A Festival of Futures (Phoenix, 2017), and the site-specific installation Fabian Knecht—Isolation (52°33’44.1”N 14°03’12.8”E) (Buchow, 2019). Edited books include Julius von Bismarck —Talking to Thunder (Hatje Cantz, 2019) and Julian Charrière—Toward No Earthly Pole (Mousse, 2020), and the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Art and Science and Technology Studies (Routledge, 2021). Her essays and criticism appear in numerous books and journals. She has held positions as postdoc at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia, and Assistant Research Professor at Arizona State University and the University of Toronto, and is currently an affiliate of the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICI) in Berlin and the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU.
- July 8, 2021 | Entangled Studio Symposium, w/ Tei Carpenter and Elise Hunchuck, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University
- July 1 | Lecture, Femiskop Feminist Kollectiv–EcoFeminist Festival, Azerbeijan (online) (Link)
- June 18 | Atmosphere and Underground, Tomás Saraceno – in dialogue with Dehlia Hannah & Ole John Nielsen, Bloom Festival, Copenhagen
- June 16 | Workshop: Rewilding the Museum, MAKE/SENSE Ph.D. Program (Link)
- June 9 | Lecture: Air’s Inversions: Implications of the Covid-19 Pandemic for Climate Change, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (online) (Link)
- November 23, 2020 | Lecture, Novo Nordisk Foundation Art Inspirational Meeting, Hellerup/Online
- October 24 | Book Launch, Julian Charrière-Towards No Earthly Pole, Edited by Dehlia Hannah, Mousse Publishing, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau (Link)
- October 15-23 | Germany Academy in Rome, Villa Massimo, Guest of Gustav Dusing (Link)
- September 30 | Lecture, Weathering-Ecologies of Exposure, Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin (Link)
- September 17 | Book Launch, Nanna Debois Buhl-Cloud Behavior, “The Philosopher Against the Clouds,” Humboldt Books/Laboratory for Arts and Ecology, Annual Report, Copenhagen (Link)
- August 18 | Book Launch, Connectedness: An Incomplete Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene, “Aesthetics (as First Philosophy),” Strandberg Publishing, Danish Architecture Center, Copenhagen (Link)