Nasher Prize Dialogues

Graduate Symposium Student Presentations
October 27, 2020 - October 29, 2020 12 - 1:00 p.m. CDT 10/27/2020 12:00 AM 10/29/2020 12:00 AM

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.

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 

Watch Day One

  • 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. 

Wednesday, October 28

How Museums and Contemporary Artists Handle Cultural Destruction and Loss

Watch Day Two

  • 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. 

Thursday, October 29 

Dealing with Trauma: Healing and Reappearing

Watch Day Three

  • 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. 


Marguerite Hoffman and Thomas Lentz, Elizabeth Redleaf, Alan and Adrian Sada, Albertina Cisneros and Juan Pascual, and Lisa Dawson and Thomas Maurstad are the Graduate Symposium sponsors of the Nasher Prize.

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