Shela Sheikh is a writer and editor, and research associate and publications coordinator on the Forensic Architecture project. She holds a PhD from the Department of History, Goldsmiths University of London. Her research resides at the interfaces between Continental Philosophy, Literature and the Visual Arts, focusing on theories of testimony, the documentary, performativity, theatricality, media, sovereignty, politics, and ethics. Her doctoral thesis, “‘I am the martyr (x)’: Philosophical Reflections of Testimony and Martyrdom,” offered a reading of the phenomenon of “martyr video-testimonies” of the Lebanon of the 1980s through the lens of the poetico-performatives of Jacques Derrida. She has published in edited collections and Third Text online. Since 2005 she has overseen publications at INIVA, The Hayward Gallery, and Antony Gormley Studio (all London). She lectures in the Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths.
As of March 2014