Digital Forays in Middle Eastern Studies // A year-long series 2020-2021:
This year-long series starts from a simple premise: What does it look like to think, engage, and do research in this digital age? This is not a call for researchers to simply produce digital outputs - but we live in an ever-increasingly digital world. In order to better activate our scholarship, and to grasp the terrain in which our research questions unfold, we must reimagine our methods, modes of collaboration, and how to participate in a quickly changing digital landscape. See full series overview
DIGITAL FORAYS: ARCHIVES & ACTIVATION // PLATFORMS AND PUBLICS
Oct 8, 2020 / 12:30-2PM (NYC/EST Time) / Zoom signup
More materials (photographic, ephemera, and otherwise) are becoming available via platforms of regional archives and personal projects. Yet, how do they become framed, activated, and enlivened on a website or platform? Many smaller projects abound (Middle East Archive / Middleast Archive / Arab Film Archive / Arabic Book Cover Archive / Pure Nostalgia) that dump new and often unseen material into the larger public domain - but how do we take this further? What logics become guiding principles of how you create a portal to house and serve as doors into larger collections? What issues continue to face digital archival projects in the region? How do these projects create digital infrastructures to connect with various communities and build new publics? How do project change over time, from their launch to years later as they still house much information? This week 3 projects present various levels of institutional backing and practitioners speaking about their projects, but through the digital platforms they are creating.
Join the Kevorkian Center with Kristine Khouri, Yazan Kopty, and discussant Laila Shereen on October 8, 2020, at 12:30 pm (EST) to think through these questions and discuss together issues of platforms and publics. To register please follow the link here or copy and paste the link to your browser: bit.ly/NYUKevoDF108
In order to prepare for this event, we recommend that you read the following articles provided to you by our panelists and the Kevorkian Staff.
- Ariella Azoulay, Archives
- Akram Zaatari, History and photographic memory (interview by Elisa Adami)
- Mada Masr, 52 questions about the archive (Ali Atef, Leila Arman, Mariam Elnozahy, Mohammad Shawky Hassan, Nada Hasan, Omnia Sabry)
Kristine Khouri is a researcher and writer whose research interests focus on archives and knowledge dissemination as well as the history of arts circulation and infrastructure in the Arab world. She is also a member of the Arab Image Foundation. She is the co-organizer/researcher/curator of the long term research project, Past Disquiet, with Rasha Salti which took the form of a documentary and archival exhibition in Barcelona, Berlin, Santiago and Beirut, and were coeditors of the publication, Past Disquiet: Artists, International Solidarity, and Museums in Exile (Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 2018).
Yazan Kopty is a writer, oral historian, and National Geographic Explorer. His work centers around the acts of listening and narrating, focusing especially on memory as resistance and community-sourced history. He is the lead investigator of Imagining the Holy, a research project that seeks to examine and connect thousands of images of historic Palestine from the National Geographic Society archive with Palestinian community elders, cultural heritage experts, and field researchers to add new layers of indigenous narrative and knowledge to the images.
Sana Yazigi is a graphic designer, graduated from the faculty of fine arts at Damascus University, 1993. She is the founder and editor in chief of the project "The Creative Memory of the Syrian Revolution", a website that documents all types of creative expressions produced since the beginning of the revolution in 2011 until the present day. In 2013 she founded the initiative “ALWAN” therapy (for Syrian refugees in Lebanon). She was the founder and editor in chief of the Syria's first monthly cultural agenda "The Cultural Diary" that covered the cultural and artistic activates in Damascus and the other cities of Syria 2007-2012.
Discussant: Laila Shereen Sakr is known for creating R-Shief software and performing as VJ Um Amel. She is an Assistant Professor of Media Theory & Practice at University of California, Santa Barbara. At UCSB, she co-founded Wireframe, a new digital media studio that supports critical game design and digital arts practice.
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