7th Jun 2018 1:00pm-2:00pm
M2 Boardroom, GP
“Cosmopolitan Promises: Visual Culture and Politics in 1960s Beirut”
I will present some of the key findings and the central argument in my recently completed PhD Thesis (2017), which I am turning into a book. This work examines the intersection of visual culture and politics in global configurations of modernity. It demonstrates how fluid, yet politically articulated, transnational circuits — formed through the movement of artists/intellectuals, image-objects, political and aesthetic discourses — converged and contended with one another in the context of Beirut, from the late 1950s to the mid-1970s.
Zeina Maasri lectures in cultural studies, critical history and politics with research specialisms in Middle East Studies and in global art and design history. She is the author of Off the Wall: Political Posters of the Lebanese Civil War (London: IB Tauris, 2009) and curator of related travelling exhibitions and online archival resource (www.signsofconflict.org).
"Methods in the Museum – reflections on positionality in the Imperial War Museum"
Kasia Tomasiewicz is part of the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme with the University of Brighton and the Imperial War Museum, London. When in the Museum, she is based with the Second World War galleries team. Her current working research title is 'Memory in the Museum: Tracing Second World War display in London’s Imperial War Museum 1960 – 2019’.