Nasher Prize Dialogues

Graduate Symposium Student Presentations
October 27, 2020 - October 29, 2020 12 - 1:00 p.m. CDT

Six graduate students from across the globe present scholarly work on a host of questions and topics related to 2020 Nasher Prize Laureate Michael Rakowitz in this digital symposium.

FREE and open to the public.

Watch at 12:00 p.m. CDT each day

Student presentations take place in a series of lunchtime talks Tuesday – Thursday, moderated by Dr. Nada Shabout, Director of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative (CAMCSI) at the University of North Texas, culminating in a roundtable discussion on Friday, with remarks from keynote Speaker Carolyn Christov-Bargargiev, Director of Castello di Rivoli, Italy.

Tuesday, October 27

History and the Relation between East and West 
  • Austin Bailey, University of Texas at Dallas: "A Cartesian Theater of Western Imperialism: The Politics and Poetics of Michael Rakowitz."
  • Brandon Sward, University of Chicago: "The Politics of Translation."
  • Q&A moderated by Dr. Nada Shabout. Please log in or register for a Vimeo account and post your questions in the chat.

Wednesday, October 28

How Museums and Contemporary Artists Handle Cultural Destruction and Loss
  • Eliza Harrison, Williams College: "The Culture of Loss in the Digital Age: Michael Rakowitz's The invisible enemy should not exist and the Politics of Reconstruction."
  • Ava Hess, University of California, Los Angeles: "They Destroy, We Rebuild: (Un)settling Syrian Heritage in the American Museum."
  • Q&A moderated by Dr. Nada Shabout. Please log in or register for a Vimeo account and post your questions in the chat.

Thursday, October 29 

Dealing with Trauma: Healing and Reappearing
  • Sarah Bernhardt, University of Oxford: "Participation and Promise, the Culinary Interventions of Michael Rakowitz."
  • Amalia Nangeroni, Ca'Foscari University of Venice, Italy: "Michael Rakowitz's Projects of Reappearing."
  • Q&A moderated by Dr. Nada Shabout. Please log in or register for a Vimeo account and post your questions in the chat.

Please email [email protected] with any questions. 


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