DAY II – SUNDAY, MARCH 8
MODERATOR: Brian Kuan Wood
PARTICIPANTS: Tarek El Ariss; Regine Basha; Nada Shabout
Taking into account the heterogeneity of the region – or regions – of the Middle East,
North Africa, and the Mediterranean, participants will speak about the defining
concepts and objectives of criticism and theory today as they discuss the politics of
representation and the multiplicity of experiences, communities, and modernities that
frame the way in which these regions are viewed and historicized. What roles do theory
and art historical research, publishing, and curating play in the making of a discourse?
What are some of today’s urgent issues gripping the critical discourse in Middle East,
North Africa, and the Mediterranean?
Featuring panelists: Tarek El Ariss, Associate Professor, Department of Middle
Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin; Regine Basha, Independent Curator,
New York; and Nada Shabout, Professor, Department of Art Education and Art
History, Director, Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute,
University of North Texas. Moderated by Brian Kuan Wood, Editor, e-flux
Journal, New York.