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

  • Publication Grant from the Deanery of the Faculty of Humanities, Geneva University, 2017
  • SNF Grant for publication of the Ph.D., 2016
  • Ford Foundation Grant for Ph.D. translation into Arabic by the National Centre for Translation in Egypt, 2014
  • SNF Doc-mobility, 01.2011-01.2012
  • Arditi Foundation Award in Art History for the MA thesis, 06.2006

Monographs 

Radwan, Nadia, Les modernes d’Egypte. Une renaissance transnationale des beaux-arts et des arts appliqués 1908-1938, Bern: Peter Lang, 2017. https://www.peterlang.com/view/product/80013?tab=aboutauthor&format=EPDF

Radwan, Nadia (in press: 2017), Painting and Sculpting the Nation. A Renaissance of Fine Arts and Applied Arts in Egypt (in Arabic), Cairo: Egyptian National Centre for Translation.

Publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals 

Radwan, Nadia (2017), “Between Diana and Isis: Egypt's ‘Renaissance’ and the Neo-pharaonic Style”, in Dialogues artistiques avec les passés de l'Égypte, Volait, Mercedes and Perrin, Emmanuelle (dirs.), Paris: InVisu (CNRS-INHA), (“actes de colloque”): 1-18. https://inha.revues.org/7194

Radwan, Nadia (2016), “Dal Cairo a Roma. Visual Arts and Transcultural Interactions Between Egypt and Italy”, The Journal Asiatische Studien/Études Asiatiques (De Gruyter) 70(4): 1093-1114. https://doi.org/10.1515/asia-2016-0034

Radwan, Nadia (2014), “Revolution to Revolution: Tracing Egyptian Public Art from Saad Zaghloul to January 25”. Cairo Review of Global Affairs 14: 81-87.
https://www.thecairoreview.com/essays/revolution-to-revolution/

Radwan, Nadia (2011), “Les arts visuels de l’Egypte moderne, méthodes de recherches et sources: l’exemple de Mahmud Mukhtar”, Quaderns de la Mediterrània (IEMed) 15: 51-61.
http://www.iemed.org/publicacions/quaderns/15/QM15original/7.pdf

Contributions to books 

Radwan, Nadia (in press, Spring 2018), Le Minaret Philippe Suchard : un Orient situé entre modèles transnationaux et savoir-faire locaux, in L’Orient en Suisse. Architecture et intérieurs néo-islamiques au 19ème et 20ème siècles, Giese, Francine and Varela Braga, Ariane (eds.), Mondes de L’Islam, De Gruyter.

Radwan, Nadia (in press: Winter 2018), “Ideal Nudes and Iconic Bodies in the Works of the Egyptian Pioneers”, in Art, Awakening and Modernity in the Middle East: The Arab Nude, Esanu, Octavian (ed.), London: Routledge.

Radwan, Nadia (in press: Winter 2018), “Egypt: The Fine Arts”, in Handbook of International Futurism, Berghaus, Günter (ed.), Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter.

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

Articles published in reviews

Radwan, Nadia (2016), “Creating a New World: The Vanguard of Egyptian Modern Art”, Rawi: Egypt’s Heritage Review 8, 24-31.

Radwan, Nadia (2015), “Scènes de la vie rurale au Musée agricole du Caire”, Qantara (Institut du Monde Arabe) 96: 43-45.

Radwan, Nadia, (2015), “Exploring Sharjah Art Museum’s New Collection of Contemporary Arab Art Ahead of its Unveiling”, Selections 30, 84-86.

Radwan, Nadia (2013), “Des égyptiens égyptomanes”, Qantara (Institut du Monde Arabe) 87: 30-34.

Radwan, Nadia and Tembély, Aminata (2012), “Le printemps des rues: une création arabe contemporaine en mutation”, Moyen-Orient 11: 86-91.

Radwan, Nadia and Etienne, Noémie (2011), “Au Carrefour de l’art et de l’activisme”, ADB Amici di Borgo 6: 4-5.

Contributions to exhibition catalogues

Radwan, Nadia (2016), “Inji Efflatoun: Multiple Idioms of an Egyptian New Woman”, in Focus, Works from Mathaf Collection / Mother Tongue: Selected works by Inji Efflatoun, Leonore-Namkha Beschi (ed.) (Exhibited from October 2015 - September 2016), Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar.

Radwan, Nadia (2016), “Georges Bahgory”, in: Bahgory Exhibition, Sharjah: Sharjah Art Museum.

Radwan, Nadia (2011), “Hassan Fathy et le renouveau des savoir-faire traditionnels: vers une architecture contemporaine appropriée”, in Hassan Fathy, une ambition égyptienne, Santelli, Georges (ed.), Cairo: IFAO, 55-65. 

Encyclopaedia entries

Radwan, Nadia (2016), 10 entries for Egyptian modern artists. in Routledge Encyclopaedia of Modernism (REM). https://www.rem.routledge.com

Radwan, Nadia (2014), 12 entries for Egyptian modern artists, in Encyclopaedia of Modern Art and the Arab World (EMAAW), Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. http://www.encyclopedia.mathaf.org

  • The Venice Biennale as a cultural platform for (re-)presenting Egyptian Modernism. International Conference Venice Biennale and the Arab World, Venice: Ca’ Foscari University. 19-20.10.2017.
  • Women in the Art & Liberty Group: Inji Efflatoun. K20, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, 05.10.2017.
  • Imagined Bodies in Egyptian Modern Art. Panel: Getting Nude: Artists, Audiences and the Present Past in the Middle East, New York: CAA annual Conference, 16.02.2017.
  • Seeing Through: The Materiality of Dioramas (1600-2010) (organizer and chair) in collaboration with Noémie Etienne. International Conference, University of Bern,01-02.12.2016
  • Modernisme et avant-gardes artistiques en Egypte: trajectoires, espaces et réseaux transculturels. Colloque international Art et Liberté (1938-1948) et modernité en Egypte: au-delà du discours postcolonial, Paris: Centre Georges Pompidou/INHA, 25.11.2016.
  • The Suchard Minaret: When Local Craftsmanship meets Orientalist Fantasy. Institutskolloquium
  • From East to West: Transmitting Islamic Aesthetics in European Architecture, University of Zürich, 09. 11.2016
  • Ici et Ailleurs: Pratiques curatoriales et critique d’art aux Emirats Arabes Unis. Séminaire Actualité de la recherche, University of Geneva – HEAD Geneva, 04.05.2016
  • The Art Salon in the Middle East: Migration of Institutional Patronage and its Challenges (organizer and panel director) in collaboration with Nadia von Maltzahn and Monique Bellan. XIIIth Conference of the Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO), Catania, 19.03.2016
  • Ideal Nudes and Iconic Bodies in the works of the Egyptian Pioneers. International Conference The Arab Nude: The Artist as Awakener. Beirut: The American University in Beirut, 11.03.2016.
  • Negotiating Modernities and the Contemporary in Visual Culture (organizer and chair). British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES)/The American University in Dubai (AUD) International Conference. Re-Locating Middle East Studies: New Geographies of Discourse, The American University in Dubai, 16 -18.04.2015
  • Visual Knowledge in Motion: Reframing the Creation of Cultural Practices in the Modern Middle East, Turkey and Iran (chair and participant). Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Conference, Washington D.C., 25.11.2014 
  • D'une révolution à l'autre (1919 - 2011): l'ambivalence comme prisme d'analyse d'une modernité artistique en Egypte. Séminaire Construction des savoirs et enjeux symboliques dans les arts visuels des pays de l’Islam méditerranéen (XIXe-XXIe siècles), Haute Ecole en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, 07.03.2014

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