LAWHA’s Flavia Malusardi at the global dis:connect summer school

From 2 to 5 August 2022, LAWHA’s doctoral researcher Flavia Malusardi participated at the international summer school Postcolonial interruptions? Decolonisation and global dis:connectivity, organised by the Kate Hamburger Research Centre global dis:connect of the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. 

The school explored how dynamics of decolonisation reordered processes of globalization in postcolonial settings. Scholars, artists and curators with different approaches and diverse backgrounds debated and attempted to redefine binary concepts such as post/decoloniality, interruptions/continuations, coloniser/colonised, asking how political alliances, economic networks and cultural bonds were questioned, transformed and metamorphosed throughout the decades between the 1930s and 1970s.

Flavia presented a paper examining the role Dar el Fan played in shaping subjectivities of women and feminist-oriented discourse in post/de colonial Lebanon. Within the framework of analysis of Dar el Fan’s global connections and network, the paper looked at the ties between Lebanon and France, Lebanon’s relationship with its colonial heritage and its impact on cultural politics. How did this relationship translate in the cultural field and mutate after Lebanon’s independence in 1943? The paper looked at Dar el Fan’s founder Janine Rubeiz’s feminist activism and her admiration towards Simone de Beauvoir and her work, writer and artist Etel Adnan’s difficult relation with the French language, and the contributions of French women intellectuals such as Marguerite Duras and Agnes Varda to the Dar el Fan programme. 

Questions were opened to discuss continuities and interruptions in the relation with the colonial power, the changing agency of the subjects involved, and the possible shift of certain narratives.

The school alternated students’ presentations with lectures and field visits. Its vibrant and dynamic environment fostered a forum for dialogue on ideas and further development of the research, and created a space for sharing useful feedbacks and critiques.  

Cite this blog post
Nadia von Maltzahn (2022, September 1). LAWHA’s Flavia Malusardi at the global dis:connect summer school. LAWHA Lebanon's Art World at Home and Abroad. Retrieved April 14, 2024, from

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