Jeff O’Brien

Thesis Title

The Right to Be Seen: Archiving Absence Post-Nakba in Lebanon and Palestine

Research Area

Contemporary Art, Visual Culture, Photography and the Archive, Memory, Art in Lebanon and Palestine, Critical Theory

Dissertation Committee

John O’Brian, Katherine Hacker, Dina Al-Kassim


Awards

2016—2019 Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

2016— Liu Scholar, Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia

2016—2019 Four Year Doctoral Fellowship, University of British Columbia

2016 & 2017 Christopher Foundation Graduate Travel Award, University of British Columbia

2016 Graduate Conference Paper Travel Award, University of British Columbia

2014—2016 Graduate Special Initiative Scholarship, University of British Columbia

2012 Dean of Arts Award in Visual Literacy, University of British Columbia

2012 Faculty of Arts Graduate Award, University of British Columbia


Language Competencies

English (native speaker), Arabic (elementary, currently studying), Spanish (advanced reading, elementary speaking), French (elementary reading)

Select Publications: In Progress / Forthcoming

“Walid Raad’s Destructive Archive.” In Art and Resistance. Bethlehem, Palestine: Diyar-DAK Press, 2017. (In progress)

“Allegorical Dismemberment.” In Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project: Economy, Editors Sam Dolbear and Hannah Proctor, 2018. (In progress)

“On Ramses Younan and Georges Henein.” In exhibition catalogue Lost, Loose and Loved: Foreign Artists in Paris 1944-1968, Edited by Serge Guilbaut, 2018. (In progress)


Select Publications

O’Brien, Jeff. “Photophobia.” In exhibition catalogue Choreographies of Resistance, Edited by Rehab Nazzal. London, ON.: McIntosh Gallery, Western University, 2017.

* O’Brian, John; Law, Jessica; O’Brien, Jeff. “Clement Greenberg.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Art History. Edited by Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

O’Brien, Jeff. “Two Brief Polemics.” In For Machine Use Only, Edited by Mohammad Salemy. Grand Rapids, M.I.: &&& Publishing, 2016: 59.

O’Brien, Jeff. “Book Review: Gil Z. Hochberg, Visual Occupations: Violence and Visibility in a Conflict Zone.” Prefix Photo 32 (Fall/Winter 2015).

* O’Brien, Jeff. “The Taste of Sand in the Mouth: 1939 and ‘Degenerate’ Egyptian Art.” Critical Interventions 9 no. 1 (March 2015): 22 – 34.


Select Recent Conferences

* “The Labour of the Missing, the Work of the Dead: From Ruin to Archive.” Mikinaakominis / TransCanadas: Literature, Justice, Relation. Presenter. University of Toronto, Canada. May 24-27, 2017.

* “Performing Sovereignty from Palestine to Canada.” Mikinaakominis / TransCanadas: Literature, Justice, Relation. Panel Organizer. University of Toronto, Canada. May 24-27, 2017.

“Make Room: The Destructive Archive.” Art and Resistance. Presenter. Dar al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, Bethlehem, Palestine. May 12-16, 2016. Invited.

Benjamin in Palestine: On the Place and Non-Place of Radical Thought. Workshop participant. Khalid Sakikini Centre, Ramallah, Palestine. December 6-11, 2015.

“Ici et ailleurs: from Gaza to Ferguson.” Film screening and panel discussant. Dar al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, Bethlehem, Palestine. December 3, 2015. Invited.

Through Post-Atomic Eyes. Workshop organizer. University of Toronto, Canada. October 23-25, 2015.

 

*Refereed

 
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