Institut für Kunstgeschichte

Prof. Dr. Nadia Radwan

Assistant Professor in World Art History

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Research and interests

  • Art History in non-western contexts
  • Cross-cultural interactions and artistic practices
  • Modern and contemporary art and architecture in the Middle East
  • Egyptian modern art and nationalism (1920’s-1950’s)
  • Curatorial processes and heritagization in the United Arab Emirates

Fellowships and Awards

  • 2014 Grant: Ford Foundation and National Center for Translation in Egypt for the translation into Arabic and publication of the Ph.D. dissertation
  • 2011-2012  Doctoral Fellowship, Swiss National Science Foundation
  • 2011-2012 Invited Fellow, Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations, The American University in Cairo
  • 2006 Arditi Foundation Award in Art History

Book

  • A Renaissance of Fine Arts in Egypt: 1908 – 1938. Ph.D. Thesis currently translated into Arabic by the National Center of Translation in Egypt, forthcoming 2015.

Book Chapter

“Les arts et l’artisanat”, in: El-Wakil Leïla (dir.), Hassan Fathy dans son temps, Gollion; Paris, Infolio, 2013, 104-123.

Articles

  • “Between Diana and Isis: Egypt's “renaissance” and the neo-pharaonic style (1920’s - 1930’s)”, Mercedes Volait (dir.), L’Egypte en ses miroirs: Art, architecture et critique, à demeure et au-delà (XIXe-XXe siècles), INHA, Paris, forthcoming 2015.
  • “Scènes de la vie rurale au Musée agricole du Caire”, Dossier: Ces musées arabes et turcs qui refont l’histoire, Qantara – Institut du Monde Arabe, 96, été 2015, 43-45.
  • Review of Avinoam Shalem (ed.), Constructing the Image of Muhammad in Europe (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2013), Material Culture Review, 79, Spring 2014, 107-108.
  • “Revolution to Revolution: Tracing Egyptian Public Art from Saad Zaghloul to January 25”, Cairo Review of Global Affairs, 14, June 2014, 81 – 87.
  • “Des égyptiens égyptomanes”, Qantara – Institut du Monde Arabe, 87, printemps 2013, 30-34.
  • et Aminata Tembély, “Le printemps des rues: une création arabe contemporaine en mutation”, Moyen-Orient, avril-juin 2012, 86-91.
  • “Les arts visuels de l’Egypte moderne, méthodes de recherches et sources: l’exemple de Mahmud Mukhtar”, Quaderns de la Mediterrània, 15, avril 2011, 51-61.
  • et Noémie Etienne, “Au Carrefour de l’art et de l’activisme”, ADB Amici di Borgo,  6, 2011, 4-5.
  • et Aline Schlaepfer, “Le minaret Suchard: rêve d’un chocolatier orientaliste”, in: Donatella Bernardi et Noémie Etienne, Standing on the Beach with a Gun in my Hand, Labor et Fides; Genève, Black Jack Editions; Paris, 2011, 197- 204.

Encyclopedia Articles

  • Biographical entries (Egyptian artists) for the online Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (REM), Routledge, forthcoming 2016.
  • Biographical entries (Egyptian artists) for the online Encyclopedia of Art and the Arab World (EMAAW), Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, 2014.

Catalogues and Curatorial Mandates

  • “Inji Efflatoun: Multiple Idioms of an Egyptian New Woman”, Focus on collection (Exhibition catalogue), Mathaf: Museum of Modern Arab Art, Doha, forthcoming December 2015.
  • “Exploring Sharjah Art Museum’s new collection of contemporary Arab art ahead of its unveiling, Selections, 30, Spring 2015, 84-87.
  • “Hassan Fathy et le renouveau des savoir-faire traditionnels : vers une architecture contemporaine appropriée”, in: Santelli Serge (dir.), Hassan Fathy, une ambition égyptienne, IFAO, Le Caire, 2011, 55-65.
  • Chair, “Unveiling Arab Modernities”, on the occasion of the inauguration of the collection of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE, 8.4.2015
  • Chair, “Negociating Modernities and the Contemporary in Visual Culture”, British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) Conference: Re-locating Middle East Studies: New Geographies of Discourse, The American University in Dubai, UAE, 16.4.2015
  • Chair, “Visual Knowledge in Motion: Reframing the Creation of Cultural Practices in the Modern Middle East, Turkey and Iran”, in collaboration with Melania Savino, Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting, Washington DC, 25.11.2014.   
  • “D'une révolution à l'autre (1919-2011): l'ambivalence comme prisme d'analyse d'une modernité artistique en Egypte”, invited paper, lecture series: Construction des savoirs et enjeux symboliques dans les arts visuels des pays de l’Islam méditerranéen (XIXe-XXIe siècle), Centre d’histoire sociale de l’Islam méditerranéen, EHESS, Paris, 7.3.2014.
  • “Le pharaonisme, reflet d’une modernité artistique”. Colloque international L’Egypte en ses miroirs. Art, architecture et critique à demeure et au-delà XIXe – XXe siècles, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris, 27.6.2013.
  • “The Visual Construct of Heritage: Museology and Contemporary Art in Egypt and Palestine”, Royal Institute of Art (KKH), Stockholm, 1.10.2012.
  • “Arts and politics in Egyptian Uprisings: A Cultural Awakening?”, EUME Summer Academy Aesthetics and Politics: Counter Narratives, New Publics and the Role of Dissent in the Middle-East, The American University in Cairo 19.9.2012.
  • “Painters and Sculptors of Modern Egypt: a Cosmopolitan Contribution to the Visual Construct of National Identity”. 8th Colloquy of Ernst Herzfeld-Gesellschaft for Studies in Islamic Art and Archaeology, University of Zürich, 7.7.2012.
  • “Peintres et sculpteurs de l’Egypte moderne (1920-1940), de l’atelier à l’espace public”. Cycle de conférences Ville, architecture et arts plastiques: construction d’une modernité au Proche-Orient arabe, XIXe et XXe siècles, Institut National Genevois, Geneva, 8.5.2012.
  • “Hassan Fathy and the Revival of Arts and Crafts in Egypt”. Symposium Hassan Fathy, Institut français d’archéologie orientale (IFAO), Cairo, 20.12.2011.
  • “Painters and Sculptors of Modern Egypt: Methodology and Sources, the Case of Mahmud Mukhtar”. Panel: Methods, Approaches and Themes of Current Research on Visual Arts in the Middle East and the Maghreb, World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES), Barcelona, 23.7.2010.

09/2015 – present          Assistant professor in World Art History, Institute for Art History/Centre for Global Studies, University of Bern

 

2014 – 2015                                       Assistant Professor in Art History, Department of Arts and Sciences, The American University in Dubai, Dubai (UAE)

 

08/2013                               Ph.D. in Art History, Department of Art History, University of Geneva

Dissertation (cum laude): “Une renaissance des Beaux-Arts et des Arts appliqués en Egypte. Synthèses, ambivalences et définitions d’une nation imaginée (1908 – 1938)

 

2010 – 2014                                       Member of the Swiss Delegation for COST Action “European Architecture Beyond Europe: Sharing Research and Knowledge on Dissemination Processes, Historical Data and Material Legacy (19th-20th centuries)”

 

2011 – 2012                        Doctoral Fellowship, Swiss National Science Foundation

Invited Fellow, Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations, The American University in Cairo

 

2007-2013                           Research Assistant, Environmental Science Institute, University of Geneva,

Research Team: “Globalization, Urban Planning and Governance”

 

2006 - 2007                         Consultant, World Heritage Centre/UNESCO, Arab States Unit, Paris

 

2005                                      M.A. in Art History, Department of Art History, University of Geneva

Dissertation: “Hassan Fathy, vers une architecture appropriée: une réflexion sur le rapport de son œuvre à la modernité”

 

2003                                      B.A. in Arabic Language and Arab Civilizations, Department of Mediterranean,                                               Slav and Oriental languages and literatures, University of Geneva