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Kristen Scheid

Kirsten Scheid teaches anthropology at the American
University of Beirut. She earned her PhD in
Anthropology from Princeton University and her
BA in Art History from Columbia University. She
has conducted field and archival research since 1992
in Lebanon and Palestine focusing on aesthetic
movements, intellectual elites, and cultural activism.
She recently co-curated The Arab Nude: The Artist
as Awakener exhibition at the AUB. Her archival
research has contributed to the production of
Lebanese and Palestinian artists such as Walid Raad
and Mirna Bamieh, as well as her own participation
at the New Museum (New York) in Due to
Unforeseen Events in 2011. Kirsten is also a consultant
and contributor to the MOMA’s Primary Documents
Series: Arab Art in the Twentieth Century .
Mirene Arsanios is the author of The City Outside
the Sentence (Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, 2015). Her work
has appeared in publications such as The Brooklyn
Rail , The Rumpus , Enizagam , and The Outpost , among
others. She co-founded the collective 98weeks
Research Project in Beirut and is the founding editor
of Makhzin , a bilingual literary magazine. She holds
an MA in Art Theory from Goldsmiths College and
a writing MFA from Bard College. She currently
lives in New York City.

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