Hannah Abdullah

Email: habdullah@cidob.org

Hannah Abdullah is a researcher in the Global Cities Programme at CIDOB – Barcelona Centre for International Affairs. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the London School of Economics (LSE), an MSc in Cultural Sociology from the LSE and a BA in Art History and Spanish from University College London (UCL). Before joining CIDOB she held the position of Cultural Programme Curator at the Goethe-Institut New York (Germany´s cultural institute), where she developed and managed programmes on architecture and urban issues, among others. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Chair for Cultural Sociology at the Technische Universität Dresden and she has taught and lectured at the LSE, Universität Leipzig and Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Her current research focuses on city diplomacy and international cultural relations, urban cultural policy analysis from an international comparative perspective, and the role of culture in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She is an affiliated researcher at the Centre for the Study of Culture, Politics and Society (CECUPS) at Universitat de Barcelona.


Hannah Abdullah. 2018. “En defensa del espacio público democrático”. El País, Blogs / Planeta Futuro.
Hannah Abdullah. 2018. “Barcelona´s Ciutat Oberta: Cultural policy´s new role in addressing global challenges”. CIDOB Policy Brief. 17.


Hannah Abdullah. 2016. “Pop Art at the Frontline of the Cold War: René Block’s ‘Capitalist Realism’ in 1960s West Berlin”. Art in Transfer in the Era of Pop. Curatorial Practices and Transnational Strategies. Södertörn Studies in Art History and Aesthetics & Terra Foundation for American Art. 161-187.
Hannah Abdullah. 2016. “Kiefer and Beuys: Cathexis and Cartharsis”. In Focus: Heroic Symbols 1969 by Anselm Kiefer. Tate Research Publications.


Hannah Abdullah. Matthias Benzer. 2012. “Boris Groys. Nuestro destino como cadáver viviente”. Disturbios Culturales. Ediciones Diego Portales. 97-115.


Hannah Abdullah. Jérôme Hansen. 2011. “Even Clean Hands Leave Marks: Testing the Edges of the Artwork at Tate Modern”. Sociologie de l'Art. 18. 75-110.
Hannah Abdullah. Matthias Benzer. 2011. “Thinking the New: Introduction to ‘ … Our Fate as a Living Corpse’ An Interview with Boris Groys”. Theory, Culture & Society. 69-93.


Hannah Abdullah. 2010. “Review of Hutter, M. and D. Thorsby eds. Beyond Price. Value in Culture, Economics and the Arts. Cambridge University Press 2008”. British Journal of Sociology. 61(1). 202-203.


Hannah Abdullah. 2007. “Review of Petersson, D. and E. Steinskog eds. Actualities of Aura: Twelve Studies of Walter Benjamin. Aarhus University Press 2006”. British Journal of Sociology. 58(2). 335-336.