SOAS Middle East Institute launch and lecture by Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

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6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Brunei Gallery, SOAS
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre (BGLT)
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About this event

SOAS University of London is delighted to announce a special event in celebration of the launch of the SOAS Middle East Institute (SMEI).

The launch event features a public lecture titled “Revolutionary Women Artists of the Arab World” by SMEI’s inaugural Research Associate Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi and takes place on Wednesday 17 January 2024 in the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre at SOAS at 6pm followed by a reception at 7pm.


About the speaker

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi is a columnist and researcher on social, political, and cultural affairs in the Arab Gulf states. Al-Qassemi is also founder of the Barjeel Art Foundation in Sharjah, UAE. He was an MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow from 2014 to 2016, a practitioner-in-residence at the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University in spring 2017 and a Yale Greenberg World Fellow in 2018.

Al-Qassemi was a visiting instructor at the Council of Middle East Studies at Yale University, the Center of Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, the American University of Paris, the Islamic Civilization and Societies programme at Boston College and the School of Public Affairs at SciencesPo, Paris.

In the Fall 2021 Al Qassemi was appointed as Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar, Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School and Lecturer, School of Arts and Sciences, Brandeis University. Al-Qassemi, along with Todd Reisz is co-editor of Building Sharjah (Birkhäuser, 2021). Al-Qassemi was a Fellow with the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in 2023.



Please RSVP by 8 January 2024. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.