Diabate, Naminata

Diabate, Naminata

Art Professional

Naminata Diabate’s work seeks to redefine how we understand specific forms of embodied agency in the neoliberal present in global Africa.

Jolene Rickard

Jolene Rickard

Art Professional

Jolene Rickard is a visual historian, artist and curator interested in the intersection of indigenous knowledge and contemporary art, materiality and ecocriticism with an emphasis on Hodinöhsö:ni aesthetics. She is former Director of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Programme (2008-2020) and Associate Professor in the departments of History of Art and Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Lalu, Premesh

Lalu, Premesh

Art Professional

Before joining the Africa Institute in Sharjah in 2022, Professor Lalu was a founding director of the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR) at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa (2008–2019).

Mahajan, Nidhi

Mahajan, Nidhi

Anthropologist, Art Professional

Nidhi Mahajan is an Assistant Professor in Anthropology at the University of California in Santa Cruz and also the inaugural Fatima Mernissi Postdoctoral Fellow in Social and Cultural Studies at The Africa Institute in Sharjah.

McMaster, Gerald

McMaster, Gerald

Art Professional

Gerald McMaster, curator, artist, author and professor, is Tier 1 Canada Research of Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice and director of the Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge at OCAD University.

Megan Tamati-Quennell

Megan Tamati-Quennell

Art Professional

Megan Tamati-Quennell is a leading curator and writer of modern and contemporary Māori and Indigenous art.

Ngaire Blankenberg

Ngaire Blankenberg

Art Professional

Ngaire Blankenberg is the director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art (2021–present).

Rickford, Russell

Rickford, Russell

Art Professional

Russell Rickford is an associate professor of history at Cornell University. He specialises in African- American political culture after World War II, the Black Radical Tradition and transnational social movements.

T. J. Demos

T. J. Demos

Art Professional

T. J. Demos is an award-winning writer on contemporary art, global politics and ecology. He is Professor in Art History, Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture, as well as founder and director of the Center for Creative Ecologies at University of California, Santa Cruz.

Yengde, Suraj

Yengde, Suraj

Speaker, Art Professional

Suraj Yengde is a research associate at the Department of African and African American Studies in Harvard University.

Zahid R. Chaudhary

Zahid R. Chaudhary

Art Professional

Zahid R. Chaudhary is Associate Professor of English at Princeton University. He specialises in postcolonial studies, visual culture and critical theory.