Dehlia Hannah, Ph.D. (1978) is a philosopher and curator. She is currently a Mads Øvlisen Postdoctoral Fellow in Art and Natural Sciences at the Department of Chemistry and Biosciences at Aalborg University-Copenhagen and an Affiliated Fellow of the Institute for Cultural Inquiry ICI-Berlin, as well as a Guest Researcher with the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University in 2013, with specializations in philosophy of science and aesthetics, and a Certificate in Feminist Inquiry. Her research examines concepts of experimentation, changing ideas of nature, aesthetics of climate change and the Anthropocene, and the role of images 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.
Published on the bicentennial of Frankenstein (1818), her recent book A Year Without a Winter (Columbia University Press, 2018) reframes contemporary imaginaries of climate crisis through a transdisciplinary thought experiment by revisiting the literary and environmental aftermaths of the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora. She is editor of Julius von Bismarck — Talking to Thunder (2019) and Julian Charrière—Toward No Earthly Pole (2020), and co-editor of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Art and Science and Technology Studies (2021). Past exhibitions include ‘Placing the Golden Spike: Landscapes of the Anthropocene’, ‘Control: Experiment, and Dressing in a World of Endless Rainfall’.
Her monograph-in-progress, Performative Experiments, explores the philosophical implications of contemporary artworks that take the form of scientific experiments. Her current research and curatorial project An Imaginary Museum of Philosophical Monsters, issuing in a monograph and a web-based exhibition, examines the role of images in philosophical reasoning.