March 3, 2016
Visual Voices Lecturer, Sponsored by George Mason University, School of Art and the National Endowment for the Arts
Sonja Mejcher-Atassi is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and the Civilization Studies Program. Her research is in comparative literature with a focus on modern and contemporary Arabic literature, modern and contemporary art, interrelations of word and image, book art, collection and museum studies, postcolonial studies, gender studies, aesthetics and politics, and cultural memory and history. She is currently working on two book projects: In Search of Jabra Ibrahim Jabra: a life in literature and art between Palestine and Iraq (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming) and a study on contemporary book art in the Arab world, especially Iraq. She is a member of the editorial board of “literatures in context: arabic - persian - turkish,” a book series published by Reichert.
Her publications include: reading across modern arabic literature and art (Reichert, 2012); (ed. with John Pedro Schwartz), Museums, Archives and Collecting Practices in the Modern Arab World (Ashgate, 2012); “ABOUNADDARA’s take on images in the Syrian revolution,” Jadaliyya 08.07.2014 and 02.09.2014; “Art and Political Dissent in Post-War Lebanon: Walid Sadek’s fi annani akbar min picasso [bigger than picasso],” IJMES 45.3 (2013): 535–60; "Contemporary Book Art in the Middle East: The Book as Document in Iraq," Art History 35/5 (2012); "The Forbidden Paradise: How Etel Adnan Learned to Paint in Arabic," and "On the Necessity of Writing the Present: Elias Khoury and ‘the Birth of the Novel’ in Lebanon," in:Arabic Literature: Postmodern Perspectives eds. Angelika Neuwirth et al (Saqi, 2010); (ed.), Writing a ‘Tool for Change’: ‘Abd al-Rahman Munif Remembered, MIT EJMES 7 (2007).