'Performing Rights: Contemporary Art, the Refugee Condition and the Alibi of Engagement', a talk by Anthony Downey
14 November 2019, 16.00–18.00
Third Text editor Anthony Downey is one of the speakers in the "Prosperity in the Context of Mass Displacement" series of Director's Seminars at the Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP), University College London. Other speakers in the series are Homi Bhabha, Christian Dustmann, Bruce Stanley and Vanesa Castan Broto.
The event is free and open to the public, but booking is advised: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk
Anthony Downey is Professor of Visual Culture in the Middle East and North Africa at Birmingham City University. He is currently involved in several research projects that explore the politics of cultural production in the Middle East and Global South, digital media, education and transnational cultural practices. Anthony is also on the editorial board of Digital War and is the editor-in-chief of Ibraaz. He is the series editor for Research/Practice (Sternberg Press, 2019), and the Research Associate for Human Activities. Upcoming publications include Unbearable States: Cultural Practices, Political Activism, and Human Rights in a Post-digital Age (forthcoming, 2021) and Displacement Activities: Contemporary Art, the Refugee Condition, and the Alibi of Engagement (Sternberg Press 2020). Recent publications include Critique in Practice: Renzo Martens' Episode III: Enjoy Poverty (Sternberg Press, 2019); Don’t Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet: The Works of Hiwa K (Buchhandlung Walther König, 2017); and Future Imperfect: Contemporary Art Practices and Cultural Institutions in the Middle East (Sternberg Press, 2016). In 2020, he will launch a programme of activities and publications to mark the 10th anniversary of the Arab Spring.