The work of pianist, composer and anti-apartheid activist Abdullah Ibrahim reflects his exposure to multiple cultural influences.
Speaker, Assistant Professor
Surafel Wondimu Abebe uses academia, performance and media as sites of cultural politics from which to interrogate representational practices.
Speaker, Curator, Writer
Historian, architect and curator Nadi Abusaada studies the foundations of the architectural profession in West Asia, the history of national exhibitions in the modern Arab world, and the intersection between photographic practice and representations of the natural landscape in Palestine.
Mahvish Ahmad is Assistant Professor in Human Rights and Politics at the Department of Sociology, London School of Economics.
Speaker, Artist, Professor
The research of Esra Akcan, professor of architectural theory at Cornell University, foregrounds the intertwined histories of Europe, West Asia and East Africa, offering new ways to understand architecture’s role in global, social and environmental justice.
President and Director, Sharjah Art Foundation
Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director of Sharjah Art Foundation, established the Foundation in 2009 as a catalyst and advocate for the arts in Sharjah, in the region and around the world.
The research interests of Kamran Asdar Ali, professor of anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, range from gender, sexuality, health and political economy to postcolonialism, labour history, urban studies and popular culture. His work focuses mainly on South Asia and the Middle East, particularly Pakistan and Egypt.
Speaker, Art historian, Writer
Anna Arabindan-Kesson is an Associate Professor of African American and Black Diasporic Art with a joint appointment in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University
Encompassing prints, sculptures, videos and paintings, Tayeba Begum Lipi’s practice investigates gender roles and gender-specific structural violence in Bangladesh.
Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons’ body of work grapples with the coordinates of diasporic identity formation: migration, displacement, collective memory, spirituality and gender.
Artist, Speaker, Professor
Eddie Chambers is a Professor in the Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Austin (2016–ongoing). His work centres primarily on African American art and African Diaspora art history.
Christian Oxenius is an independent curator, writer and researcher.
Crossing boundaries between African-American literature, visual art and cultural movements, Margo Natalie Crawford’s scholarship opens new ways of understanding Black radical imaginations.
Art Historian, Artist
Art historian and artist Iftikhar Dadi is the John H. Burris Professor in the Department of History of Art and Director of the South Asia Program, and board member of the Institute for Comparative Modernities at Cornell University.
Manthia Diawara is a writer, filmmaker, cultural theorist and art historian.
Artist, Director, Writer
Jihan El Tahri is a multi-award-winning film director, writer, visual artist and producer.