Engagements

Academic Lectures (Selection)
Public Talks and Panels (Selection)
Committee and Jury Memberships

Academic Lectures (Selection)

University of Cambridge, Department of History of Art
Cambridge, UK

  • The Intersection of Proto-feminist Practices and Surrealism in Egypt (working title). June 2, 2018
  • Presented at the symposium “Subversive Intent & Beyond” Surrealism, Politics, Sexuality

MESA (Middle East Studies Association) 51st Conference
Washington D.C., USA

  • Rethinking Surrealism: Art et Liberté (f. 1938), and the Subjective Realism of Ramses Younane (1913 - 1966). November 21, 2017

The University of Liverpool, School of Histories, Languages and Cultures
Liverpool, UK

  • The Art and Liberty: Towards A New Art-historical Definition of Surrealism. November 15, 2017

Louisiana Museum
Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Surrealism in Egypt and the making of the exhibition Art et Liberté. November 2, 2017
  • Presented at the symposium “Multiple Modernisms” A Symposium on Globalism in Postwar Art

Reina Sofia
Madrid, Spain

  • The Art et Liberté Group: Towards A New Art-historical Definition of Surrealism. February 15, 2017
  • Presented as part of the exhibition’s public programs

Centre Pompidou – In collaboration with the Institut National d’Historie de l’Art (INHA)
Paris, France

  • Art et Liberté: A New Definition of Surrealism. November 25, 2016
  • Presented at the conference “Art and Liberty (1938-1948) and modernity in Egypt” Beyond the post-colonial discourse

The Orient-Institute
Beirut, Lebanon

  • The Art and Liberty Group and the Reworking of Surrealism in Egypt. November 14, 2016
  • Presented at the conference “The Avant-Garde and Its Networks” Surrealism in Paris, North Africa and the Middle East from the 1930s

Sydney College of Art (SCA)
Sydney, Australia

  • Tea with Nefertiti: or how the arts shape culture. May 12, 2016

University of North Texas
Denton, USA

  • Revisiting Surrealism: The Modernism of the Art and Liberty Group. February 23, 2016

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K20
Düsseldorf, Germany

  • Long Live Degenerate Art: The Art and Liberty Group and Surrealism’s Fight Against Fascism in Egypt. January 20, 2016
  • Presented at the conference "museum global" Multiple Perspectives on Art, 1904-1950

Northwestern University, Department of Art History
Chicago, USA

  • Curating Research: on exhibiting documents and research archives. June 3, 2015

Haus der Kunst
Munich, Germany

  • The Art and Liberty Group and Manifestations of Surrealism in Egypt 1939-1945. May 22, 2014
  • Presented at the conference “Postwar — Art between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965” View Video

University of North Texas
Denton, USA

  • On Representation: making exhibitions, creating narratives. February 27, 2014

Brown University, Department of Visual Art
Providence, USA

  • On Curating: methodologies and practices of curating. February 25, 2014

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Architecture
Cambridge, USA

  • Tea with Nefertiti: how the arts shape culture. February 24, 2014

Université Saint Joseph, School of Humanities
Beirut, Lebanon

  • History of Modern Art in the Arab World 1880 – 1970. November 18 – 22, 2013

Institut National d’Historie de l’Art (INHA)
Paris, France

  • Egyptian Surrealism and the Dis-entangling of Art and Nationalism. June 26, 2013 View Video
  • Presented at the conference “L’Égypte en ses miroirs. Art, architecture et critique, à demeure et au-delà”

University of North Texas
Denton, USA

  • Tea with Nefertiti: the making of an exhibition. February 25, 2013

Université Saint Joseph, School of Humanities
Beirut, Lebanon

  • History of Modern Art in Egypt 1850 – 1950. December 17 – 21, 2012

Public Talks and Panels (Selection)

Code Art Fair
Copenhagen, Denmark

  • ArtReActs: Rethinking Museums Collecting & Displaying Strategies. September 1, 2017

Sommerfrische Kunst
Bad Gastein, Austria

  • Buona Sera Salon. July 30, 2017

Schmela Haus, Kunstasammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K20
Düsseldorf, Germany

  • The making of the exhibition "Art et Liberté. Umbruch, Krieg und Surrealismus in Ägypten (1938 - 1948)". July 6, 2017

Saudi Art Council
Jeddah, KSA

  • Curatorial Practices and Shifting Grounds. May 6, 2017

Art Dubai
UAE

  • Art Dubai Modern Symposium: Women and Modernity. March 17, 2017

Saudi Art Council
Jeddah, KSA

  • Jeddah Art Week: al muntada - a series of moderated panels. February 2 – 4, 2017

Independent Curators International (ICI)
New York, USA

  • Tea with Nefertiti: how the arts shape culture. June 2, 2015

Art Cologne
Cologne, Germany

  • 4. Kölner Kunstversicherungsgespräch – Leihverkehr – Kunst on Tour. April 16, 2015

Art Basel, Art Salon
Hong Kong

  • Parallel Histories in Abstraction. March 15, 2015 View Video

Asian Civilizastions Museum
Singapore

  • Tea with Nefertiti: how the arts shape culture. March 10, 2015

Université Saint Joseph, Université Pour Tous
Beirut, Lebanon

  • A Museum for Here and Now: challenging the function of the conventional museum. October 2, 2014

Casa Arabe
Madrid, Spain

  • Tea with Nefertiti: how the arts shape culture. January 21, 2014 View Video

Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art
Doha

  • Public Art and Monuments: Symbol Or Instigator. March 27, 2013

Dar Al- Ma’mun
Marrakech, Morocco

  • Art Practice and Research: Resources and Translations. December 12 – 13, 2012

Art Basel, Art Salon
Basel, Switzerland

  • The Arab Spring and Its Impact on Artists. June 14, 2012 View Video

The Arts and Patronage Summit, British Museum
London, UK

  • Collections and Collecting: how to make a difference, big or small. January 12, 2012

Istanbul Contemporary
Istanbul, Turkey

  • Burn After Seeing: contemporary art in Iran. November 26, 2010

Haus der Kunst
Munich, Germany

  • The Future of Tradition – The Tradition of Future. September 27, 2010

Sothebys
New York, USA

  • Art, Patronage and Collecting in Emerging Markets. May 5, 2010

Across Histories, ArteEast, The Swiss Institute
New York, USA

  • In Conversation with Artist Ghada Amer. March 25, 2010

Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art
Doha, Qatar

  • Encounters between the Modern and the Contemporary. December 17, 2010 View Video
  • Making Art: from process to political engagement. December 16, 2010 View Video
  • Presented at the AMCA Conference “Objects, Histories, and Methodologies”

Chelsea Art Museum
New York, USA

  • ItaliaArabia: modernity and social realism across the Mediterranean. December 5, 2008

Committee and Jury Memberships

The Montblanc Cultural Foundation (Since 2016).
Hamburg, Germany

  • Chairmen of the board

Art Dubai (2017 – 2018).
Dubai, UAE

  • Guest curators and members of selection committee

Haus der Kunst (2016 – 2019)
Munich, Germany

  • Members of the Curatorium - Friends of the Haus der Kunst

Independent Curators International (ICI) (2016).
New York, USA

  • Nominators for the Independent Vision Curatorial Award

The 19th Contemporary Art Festival (2015).
Videobrasil, Sao Paolo, Brazil

  • Members of judging panel

Exposure, annual exhibition for emerging artists in or from Lebanon (2014).
The Beirut Art Centre, Beirut, Lebanon

  • Members of judging panel

Akbank Sanat International Curator Competition (2014).
Akbank Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Jury members of judging panel

The Boghossian Foundation Prize for Young Lebanese Artists (2013).
Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, Belgium

  • Members of judging panel

The Jameel Prize (ongoing).
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

  • Members of nomination committee

The Abraaj Group Art Prize (ongoing).
The Abraaj Group, Dubai

  • Members of nomination committee

Aga Khan Award for Architecture (ongoing).
Aga Khan Foundation, Geneva

  • Members of nomination committee-