Dossier \ Before, Within, Around, Beyond: World-Making in the Digital Archive
Diana Allan, George Awde, Kaoukab Chebaro, Jared McCormick, Christian Rossipal, and Yasmine Eid Sabbagh
Diana Allan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill. She is an anthropologist and filmmaker who received her training at Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab, and is the creator of two grassroots media collectives in Lebanon, the Nakba Archive and Lens on Lebanon. Her ethnography, Refugees of the Revolution: Experiences of Palestinian Exile (Stanford University Press, 2014) won the 2014 MEMO Palestine academic book award and the 2015 Middle East Section Award at the American Anthropological Association. She was a recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship in anthropology and film, and her ethnographic films Chatila, Beirut (2001), Still Life (2007), Nakba Archive Excerpts (2008), Fire Under Ash (2009), Terrace of the Sea (2010), and So Dear, So Lovely (2018) have screened in international film festivals and as gallery installations. George Awde is a visual artist currently based in Doha, Qatar. He is the co-founder/co-director of marra.tein in Beirut; Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar; and recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including those from the Aaron Siskind Foundation and a US Fulbright Scholar Grant. Awde’s work explores the formation of kinship, masculinity, the “state,” and the self. His work explores human corporeality and how we reconcile ourselves with the world. He earned an MFA in Photography from Yale University, and a BFA in Painting from the Massachusetts College of Art. Kaoukab Chebaro currently serves as the Head of Global Studies at the Columbia University Libraries. She previously served as Associate University Librarian for Archives and Special Collections at the Libraries of the American University of Beirut, and as the Islamic and Middle East Studies Librarian at the Columbia University Libraries. Kaoukab has served on numerous Library, archives and cultural heritage committees in or about the region. Jared McCormick is the Acting Director, Director of Graduate Studies, and Faculty Fellow at the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University. He completed his dissertation in Social Anthropology at Harvard University (2016). He is the co-director of marra.tein in Beirut, Lebanon. Christian Rossipal is a filmmaker and PhD student in Cinema Studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His research interests include media and migration, minor cinemas, and biopolitics. He is part of the artist-activist collective Noncitizen. Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh is an artist and researcher who combines arts-based research, conversational, image and (meta)archival practices, to reflect on the agency of photographs and notions of collectivity and power. One of her long-term projects explores the impossibilities of representation, through a negotiation process around a potential digital archive assembled in collaboration with inhabitants of Burj al-Shamali, a Palestinian refugee camp near Tyr, Lebanon. In 2018, she received her PhD from the Institute of Art Theory and Cultural Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Eid-Sabbagh has been a member of the Arab Image Foundation since 2008.