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Sintia Issa

PhD candidate. Editor for the Beirut-based, worker-owned, leftist publication The Public Source. Teaching Assistant at UC Santa Cruz. Former faculty at the Lebanese American University (2012-17) where I developed and taught art + design history courses that focus on revolutionary moments and marxist analyses of space. Former educational program manager and assistant director at Beirut Art Center (2011-2015) where I supported in exhibition planning, researched and wrote curatorial and pedagogical material, led and conceived a public tour program.

I'm writing an inter-disciplinary dissertation on speculative artistic practices from Beirut that engage with the infrastructure, materiality, and politics of waste and ecology in the context of neoliberal governance.
Research Interests: 

Contemporary art and visual culture in Lebanon, critical waste and infrastructure studies, feminist methodologies and STS, political ecology/theory/economy, militant/internationalist/revolutionary visual culture

Selected Publications: 

- "Waste You Can’t Deny: A Slow Trans-aesthetic in The Blue Barrel Grove." In The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Art, Visual Culture, and Climate Change (2021), edited by T. J. Demos, Emily Eliza Scott, and Subhankar Banerjee.
- Editor. Exposure 2014, exhibition catalogue, Beirut Art Center.
- Editor. Exposure 2013, exhibition catalogue, Beirut Art Center.

Recent Public Contributions
- "Kafala Reform a Liberal Veneer: Migrant Workers and the Struggle for Liberation." The Public Source, September 7, 2020.
- "Lebanese Uprising: Infrastructure and the Trap of Neoliberal Development." Legal Agenda, November 7, 2019.


Selected Presentations: 

Panel Chair. “Speculative Imaginaries in the Moving Image: Citizenship, Matter, and Space-Time Slippages in the Global Middle East.” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA, 2019

Presenter. “Mapping Waste Matters for a Time of Flowers.” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA, 2019

Panel Organizer. “Imaginary Matters: Visualizing Space and History in the Global Middle East. Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX, 2018

Presenter. “Waste Imaginaries between Matter and Language in The Blue Barrel Grove (2013-).” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX, 2018

Presenter. Falling is Not Collapsing: Waste Histories and Capitalist Desire in the Realm of Flora.” A Line in the Sand: Art and Ecology in Times of Crisis. Berkeley/Stanford Symposium. SF MOMA, San Francisco, CA, 2018

Presenter. “Empire and the Global Waste Trade in The Blue Barrel Grove.” (B)orders of Empire: Colonial Pasts, Imperial Presents, and Implicate Futures of the Global Middle East, University of California Irvine, Orange County, CA, 2018

Invited Lecture. “Performing Against Visuality: Signs, Spaces, Spectacles.” Lebanese American University, Beirut, 2016

Teaching Interests: 

Contemporary visual culture in the Middle East
Environmental arts, ecocriticism, and environmental justice
Revolutionary art, anti-colonial and anti-imperial visual culture, ideology
Colonial modernity and visual culture
Politics of space

Honors and Awards: 

Doctoral fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 2019-2020
Visual Studies Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz, 2018, 2019
Arts Dean Fund for Excellence, 2018, 2019
Chancellor's Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz, 2017-2018
Joseph-Armand-Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship–Master’s, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 2010-2011
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (declined), Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities (Canada), 2010-2011
Professor L.  Eleen, T. Martone and B. Welsh Prize in Art History, University of Toronto, 2009




Education and Training: 
MA, art history, University of Toronto (2012)
HBA, art history, University of Toronto (2010)