Launch of two podcast series coming out of the Moving Biography Summer School

LAWHA is excited to share with you the launch of two podcast series coming out of the Moving Biography Summer School.

Moving Biography was a summer school organised by LAWHA/OIB, the American University of Beirut and the Global (De)Centre in 2022, generously funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. The summer school brought together different perspectives to question disciplinary assumptions and decentre life writing.

As an outcome of the Summer School, LAWHA partnered with The Institute of Art in the Arab World (IAAW) at the Lebanese American University to produce a series of podcasts under the title On Women by Women in Art, conceived and moderated by IAAW’s director Yasmine Taan. In each of the four episodes, a woman artist reflects on another woman artist who influenced and inspired her practice.

Episode 1: Samar Mogharbel on Dorothy Salhab Kazemi | On Women By Women in Art (1 September 2023), Youtube link: https://youtu.be/IBauk1rTiEQ
Episode 2: Greta Naufal on Yvette Achkar | On Women By Women in Art (29 September 2023), Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maVV8234Qqg&t=19s
Episode 3: Afaf Zurayk on Helen Khal | On Women By Women in Art (27 October 2023), Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ThWHV_nyrE
Episode 4: Samia Halaby on Mona Saudi | On Women By Women in Art (24 November 2023), Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4xP52OHo08

The second series, Moving Biographies, is a direct outcome of the discussions held at the summer school in June 2022. Each of the three episodes is moderated by one of the co-organisers of the Summer School. The first episode is an edited version of life presentations that took place at the OIB in May 2023. In this episode with Mahita El Bacha Urieta, Manuella Guiragossian and Hala Schoukair, the daughters of Amine El Bacha (1932-2019), Paul Guiragossian (1926-1993) and Saloua Raouda Choucair (1916-2017) – leading artists of Lebanon’s art world – talk about the responsibility of taking care of their parent’s legacy, what challenges they face and what it means to curate a biography that is intrinsically linked to their own. The presentations are moderated by Nadia von Maltzahn (LAWHA/OIB). The second episode consists of conversations Kirsten Scheid (Professor of Art and Anthropology, AUB) held with summer school participants Daniel Schönpflug (Historian, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin) and Yvonne Albers (Freie Universität Berlin) to think about biography as a material matter. In the final episode, Sonja Mejcher-Atassi (Professor of Modern Arabic and Comparative Literature, AUB) talks to Sarah Sabban (PhD Candidate in History, AUB) about her doctoral research on the life of Evelyne Bustros (1878-1971) and how it was entwined with the formation of Lebanese heritage and early nation-building in Lebanon.

Episode 1: Curating an artist’s (and parent’s) biography | Moving Biographies (15 September 2023), YouTube link: https://youtu.be/B6Ogobmgf_o?si=Kn_HDdArQSakbQnC
Episode 2: Vulnerability and the Capacity for Life: Biography as a Material Matter | Moving Biographies (13 October 2023), Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SinlxK67gyc
Episode 3: Evelyne Bustros (1878-1971): Patron of the Arts and Crafts | Moving Biographies (10 November 2023)

The podcasts were done in collaboration with afikra | عفكرة, a movement to convert passive interest in the Arab world to active intellectual curiosity. They have been generously funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung as an outcome of the Moving Biography Summer School.

Listen to the podcasts on Afikra’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@afikra

Also available on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/lb/podcast/moving-biography-summer-school-podcast/id1706289613



Cite this blog post
Nadia von Maltzahn (2023, September 5). Launch of two podcast series coming out of the Moving Biography Summer School. LAWHA Lebanon's Art World at Home and Abroad. Retrieved April 14, 2024, from https://lawha.hypotheses.org/1463

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