“Hegel’s Memnon: Architecture, Poetry, and History.” Presented at the ACLA panel, “Beyond Jena: Literary History After Kant,” March 2009.

“Le Chiasme et la forme chez Mallarmé: ‘Le Démon de l’analogie’ avec le ‘sonnet en –yx.’” Invited lecture at Harvard University, May 2011.

“Islamic Law and Critical Legal Theory: Agency, Violence, and the Postcolonial Subject.” Invited lecture given at the American University in Cairo, May 2014.

“Hegel and the Postcolonial State: Aesthetics, Subjectivity, and the Idea of Freedom,” Delivered at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, February 2016

“‘Obsession’: Baudelaire’s Interiorities.” Harvard University, March 2010

The Architecture of Freedom: Hegel, Subjectivity, and the Postcolonial State. New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020


"Hegel’s Werkmesiter: Architecture, Architectonics, and the Theory of History,” October, MIT Press 139 (2012), 15-38


"Allegories of Ruin: Architecture and Knowledge in Early Arabic Poetry," Journal of Arabic Literature 50:2 (2019), 89-122


"From Bayt to Stanza: Arabic Khayāl and the Advent of Italian Vernacular Poetry," Exemplaria 32: 1 (2020), 1-31









“The Caliph’s Tower: Mallarmé’s ‘Method of Langage.’” “Literary Texts: The Power and the Possible” conference at Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, May 2013.

“L’architecture dans la poésie pre-islamique.” Invited guest lecture at the the École Normale Supérieure, Paris, April 2017

“From Bayt to Stanza: New Approaches to the Scuola Siciliana.” Presented at “Sicily, Al-Andalus, and the Maghreb: Writing in times of Turmoil,” Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, May 2017  


"Les Fondations de la pénsée arabe: l'architecture entre la littérature pre-islamique et le Coran," Invited guest lecture at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris, May 2016

“Nacreous Frames: From Mallarmé’s Orient to Hart Crane’s Caribbean.” Presented at the Alphabetics conference, Harvard University Humanities Center, April 2003.

“African History. Architecture, Language, and Freedom in Tchicaya and Hegel.” Invited lecture at the University of Connecticut, January 2011.

Hassanaly Ladha

Architectural Activist, Designer, and Philosopher

"L'État et le droit: La récupération du droit musulman,” Invited guest lecture at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris, May 2016


Publications and Lectures