Katia Arfara (Moderator)

Katia Arfara is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at NYUAD and a curator. Her research, curatorship, and teaching focus on intermedial performance and politics in the Global Souths, migration, ecodramaturgies, and social public art. As the Theatre and Dance Artistic Director and Curator of the Onassis Stegi in Athens (2009-19), she has initiated and curated numerous interdisciplinary festivals such as the cutting-edge Fast Forward. Her scholarship has appeared in a range of peer-reviewed journals, including Theatre Journal, Theatre Research International, and Performance Research. She is the co-editor of lntermedial Performance and Politics in the Public Sphere and co-leads the Elements Pod in the Anthropocene Research Kitchen, NYUAD Division of Arts & Humanities.

Ziad Abu-Rish

Zaid Abu-Rish is and Associate Professor of Human Rights and Middle Eastern Studies at Bard College, where he also directs the MA Program in Human Rights and the Arts. His research interests center around state formation, economic development, and popular mobilizations in late colonial and early post-independence Lebanon and Jordan. He is currently completing a book manuscript titled “The State of Lebanon: Popular Politics and Institution Building in the Wake of Independence.” His previous publications have appeared in Middle East Report, Review of Middle East Studies, and several edited volumes. Ziad is a co-editor of Jadaliyya and Arab Studies Journal. He also collaborated with artist Tania El Khoury to create The Search for Power, a research-based interactive installation on the history of electricity in Lebanon.