Museums in Arabia 2019 
26th - 28th June 
 
Hosted and Supported by King’s College London








Organisers:
Dr Sarina Wakefield, Director, Museums in Arabia and Independent Scholar, UAE 
and
Dr Serena Iervolino, King’s College London


All sessions will take place in the Auditorium at Bush House, King’s College, London

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME


DAY ONE

26 June 2019


08.30 

Delegate Registration


09.00-09.30 

Welcome: Introductory Remarks

           

09.30-11.10     

Evolving Museumscapes: Creating New Museum and Libraries      

Chair: Professor Simon Tanner, Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage & Pro-Vice Dean Research


09.30                 

Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Centre – the Start of a Cultural Revival in Kuwait? 

Laila Al-Qatami, Former Managing Director for the Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre (ASCC), Kuwait and Emma Freeman, Head of Content and Interpretation at Cultural Innovations ltd.  

     

09.50                  

Allegorical Envelopes. Unwalled Collections About Content and Containers in Contemporary Gulf Museums 

Dr Roberto Fabbri, Professor, Division of Architecture, Arts and Design, University of Monterrey        

            

10.10                   

The Emergence of the Public University Museum in the Gulf
Dr Pamela Erskine-Loftus, Director, The Media Majlis at Northwestern University in Qatar


10.30               

Establishing Museum Libraries in Qatar: Unique Connections
Susan Parker-Leavy, Head of Library, Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar; Rana A. Abdulrahman, Information Services Librarian, Qatar National Library and Zaineeb Al Bloushi, Head of Library, National Museum of Qatar


10.50               

Q&A

11.10-11.40   

Break

11.40-12.30   

New Movers and Shaikhas: Women, Leadership and Curatorial Practices 

Chair: Professor Jeanette Steemers, Professor of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, CMCI, King’s College London


11.40               

Contemporary Collective: We Are Not Alone            
Matilda Pye, VARI, Paul Mellon Public Engagement Fellow, Victoria and Albert Museum


12.00               

Regional Actors in Qatar: The Role of Women in the Museum and Cultural Sector in Qatar (Female Leadership in Cultural Heritage)
Dr Catharina Hendrick, Lecturer, Museum Studies, UCL Qatar


12.20               

Q&A

12.30-13.30   

Lunch

13.30-14.30                        

**Keynote** 
Collecting the Future: Why Museums Must Be Spaces of Decolonization and Active Reflection in the Arab World                          
Dr Nada Shabout, Professor of Art History and the Director of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative (CAMCSI), University of North Texas

​Chair: Dr Serena Lecturer in Arts & Cultural Management Programme Director, MA in Arts and Cultural Management, King’s College London

14.30-15.20   

Professional Practice: Training, Expertise and Transcultural Knowledge Claims

Dr Mirjam Brusius, Research Fellow in Colonial and Global History, German Historical Institute London


14.30               

L'Art Pur Foundation and Arts and Skills Institute (ASI): An Examination of Riyadh’s Developing Art Scene 
Noura Shuqair, Lecturer, King Saud University in Riyadh and PhD Candidate, Art Education, University of North Texas 

14.50               

Do It Yourself: Growing a Cultural Practise Ecosystem in the Gulf Region
Alison Grey, MA, PGCE, Director, TGAC Ltd

15:10               

Q&A

15.20-15.50   

Break

15.50-17.05   

Who Are We For? Creating New Museum Experiences and Audiences 

     
15.50               

More Than Words: The Impact and Benefits for Families of a Multisensory Approach to Interpretation 
Claire Dobbin, Freelance Curator and Interpretation Specialist

  
16.10               

The Storytelling of Science – Narrative Creation for a World Expo
John Bull, Director, Sustainability Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai, UAE


16.30               

In Absentia: A Study of Kuwait National Museum
Sundus Alrashid, PhD Student, Brunel University London   

   
16.50               

Q&A


17.05-18.30

Break


18.30-20.30                                         

**Book Launch and Reception**
Living Heritage: Transforming Msheireb’s Heritage House Museums[IS1] [IS2] 
John McAslan CBE, Executive Chairman, RIBA, FRSA, FRIAS, FRICS, RSA FICE, Hon FAIA, FRSE; Fanos Panayides, Director, RIBA and Fatima Mohamed Fawzy M A Hassan, Manager – Design, Msheireb Museums, Qatar

​(Registration is required - limited spaces)

         


DAY TWO
27 June 2019
 


08.45                

Delegate Registration

09.20-10.35   

Managing the Gulf Museum: Marketing, Branding and Identity
Chair: Dr Serena Lecturer in Arts & Cultural Management Programme Director, MA in Arts and Cultural Management, King’s College London


9.20              

Framing Museums. A Case Study from Qatar
Dr Annette Loeseke, Lecturer in Museum Studies, New York University Berlin 

9.40               

Enter through the Gift Shop: Constructing a Contemporary Qatari National Identity through Qatar Museums Merchandise 
Dr Suzi Mirgani, Managing Editor, Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS), Georgetown University in Qatar
               

10.00               

The Impact of Marketing Frameworks within the Heritage Tourism Industry in Qatar
Dr Hafiz Ali Abdulla, Director, Msheireb Museums, Qatar     

10.20               

Q&A

10.35-11.10   

Break

11.10-12.50   

Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula: Interpretive Storytelling and Transformative Curating
Chair: Courtney Freer, Research Fellow | Middle East Centre, The London School of Economics and Political Science


11.10               

An Artist Curating Heritage: Ali Jabri and the Jordan Museum of Popular Traditions
Dr Elizabeth Rauh, Mellon-Stenn Curatorial Fellow, University of Michigan, USA

11.30               

Storytelling in VR: A Case Study of Digital Heritage Preservation of Wadi al Helo, Sharjah, UAE  
Zlatan Filipovic, Associate Professor, College of Architecture, Art and Design, American University of Sharjah; Hafsa Tameez, Research Executive, Management Office of Sharjah Gateway to the Trucial States and Dr Adnan Ajšić, Assistant Professor, Department of English, American University of Sharjah

11.50               

Intangible Cultural Heritage of Al Ula
Raghad Hazzazi, Heritage Collection Officer, Royal Commission for Al Ula

12.10             

The Museum at the Lowest Place on Earth, Safi, Jordan: Addressing Practices Towards New Policies
Dr Georgios Papaioannou, Associate Professor in Museum Studies, UCL Qatar 

12.30               

Q&A


12.50-13.50   

Lunch

13.50-15.30   

Private Initiatives I: Collectors and Collections in the Gulf States
Chair: Dr Francesca Leoni, Assistant Keeper and Curator of Islamic Art, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology


13.50              

Private Cultural Initiatives in the Kingdom of Bahrain
Nevyne Zeineldin, PhD. Student, Paris Descartes University / National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO - Paris)               

14.10               

A View from the South: Approaches to Building Archaeological Collections in Oman
Rizwan Ahmad, Senior Researcher, Barker Langham

14.30               

Look into My Past to Look into My Future: Private Islamic Art Collections in the UAE   

Dr Sami L. De Giosa, Research Associate, SOAS University of London

14.50               
The Heritage Collection/ Library of Qatar: History, Development, Potential, Goals and Trends
Dr Joachim Gierlichs, Independent Scholar, Sen. Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Kolleg, University of Bonn


15.10               

Q&A

15.30-16.20   

Private Initiatives II: Private Museums in the Gulf States
Chair: Annette Welkamp, Director, Culture Counsel


15.30               

Crowding out the Public? The Rise of Private Museums as Cultural Gatekeepers. The Case of the Emirates and the Salsali Private Museum
Michele Casagrande, Assistant Researcher, Erasmus School of History, Culture, and Communication, Erasmus University 

15.50               

Barjeel Art Foundation’s Project for a Public Discourse and Museum for Modern Arab Art
Dr Patrick M. Kane, Lecturer, Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology

16.10               

Q&A

16.20-17.00   

Break

17.00-18.00                                       

**Keynote**
International Partnerships and Curatorial Innovations: The British Museum’s International Training Programme and the New Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World
Dr Venetia Porter, Senior Curator: Islamic and Contemporary Middle East art, The British Museum

​Chair: Dr Sarina Wakefield, Director Museums in Arabia and Independent Scholar


18.45-19.45

**Museum Visit**

Behind Closed Doors at the British Museum: PrivateVisit to the Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World with Dr Venetia Porter

​(Registration is required - limited spaces)


DAY THREE
28 June 2019


08.30                

Delegate Registration

09.00-10.15 

The Expansive Museum: Urban Walks, Heritage Paths and Museum Malls

09.00                 
Memories of Msheireb Walk: City Museums Unlocking the Socio-Spatial Meaning of Downtown Doha
Fahad Al Turky, Msheireb Museums, Qatar

09.20               
A New Museum Experience Along the Pearling Path in Muharraq?
Dr Nadine Boksmati-Fattouh, Museum Advisor, Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities

09.40               
The Mall as Museum: Making a Case for Classical Islamic Globalism in the Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai 
Dr Jennifer Pruitt, Assistant Professor of Islamic Art History, University of Wisconsin – Madison

10.00               
Q&A  


10.15-10.45   
Break


10.45-12.00   
Unsettling the Canon: Shifting Dynamics and New Museographies 

Chair: Dr Sarina Wakefield, Director Museums in Arabia and Independent Scholar


10.45               
Museums of Fine Art in the Arabian Peninsula: Challenged by the Contradictory Demands of Globalization
Amy Zhang, PhD Candidate, George Mason University

11.05               
The Re-telling of Egyptian Museology Within National Context
Amira Abdelkader, MA Student, Art History and Museum Studies, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi                             

11.25               
Decentring the History of Art from the Global North: the Barjeel Art Foundation’s Creation of Spaces for Understanding ‘Borders’ 
Dr Mary Kelly (née Healy), Lecturer in Art History, Theory and Gallery Studies, University College Cork, Ireland

11.45               
Q&A
 
12.00-13.00    Lunch 


13.00-14.15     

Artistic Practice: Creativity, Representation and Community Engagement          
Chair: Roxane Zand, Senior Director, Deputy Chairman, Middle East and Gulf Region       


13.00

Art of War: Street Art, Cultural Identity, and Creative Expression in Yemen and Syria
Dr Sabrina DeTurk, Associate Professor, College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University, Dubai


13.20              

Art Studio: Fostering Art Appreciation and Community Engagement in Abu Dhabi
Noora Sulaiman Al Mazroui, Senior Specialist Arts Studio, Education & Outreach Department, Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi; Rand Abdul Jabbar, Adult Programmes Specialist, Education & Outreach Department, Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi and James Matthews, Arts Unit Head, Education & Outreach Department, Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi. 

13.40               

Athr Gallery - A Decade Representing Contemporary Artists in Saudi Arabia
Maya El Khalil, Independent Curator, Director of Athr Gallery (2009-2016)

14.00               

Q&A


14.15-14.45

Break


14.45-16.25   

Beyond the Gulf: Narratives, Diplomacy and Stereotypes
Chair: Dr Munira Mirza, Executive Director for Culture, King’s College London 


14.45               

Curating National Unity: Multi-modal Analysis of the Archaic, the National Pavilion of Iraq at the 57thVenice Biennale
Anastasia Shanaah, PhD fellow, Aarhus University, Denmark

15.05               

Diplomacy or Culture?
David Anderson, Director General, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

15.25               

Discourses of Art: the First Exhibitions of Arab Art in the USSR in the 1950s
Dr Olga Nefedova, Researcher, Orient-Institut Beirut (Max Weber Foundation) 

15.45               

A Crack in the Stereotype: “Contemporary Muslim Fashions” at San Francisco’s de Young Museum
Dr Marjorie Kelly, Independent Scholar, USA
 
16.05     

Q&A

16.25-17.00   

Wrap Up








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