Current Academic Research and Projects


Anthony Downey is an academic, editor, and writer. He is Professor of Visual Culture in the Middle East and North Africa (Birmingham City University) and is currently affiliated with several research projects exploring the politics of global contemporary art practices; digital media and image production; knowledge production and visual culture; and how cultural practices relate to migration and human rights across the Global South.

In 2019, he received a UKRI Arts and Humanities award (in his capacity as a Co-Investigator) to develop research on disability education and visual culture in the West Bank, Jordan and Lebanon. In 2020, he was also awarded a GCRF Education in Conflict award to develop this project over a four year period from 2020-2024.

Anthony has the following professional affiliations:

  • Member of the Editorial Board of Third Text  (, appointed 2006.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Digital War (, appointed 2019.
  • Editor-in-Chief of Ibraaz (, appointed 2011.
  • Series Editor, Research/Practice (Sternberg Press/MIT), 2019-present.
  • Co-Investigator, UKRI Arts and Humanities award (, appointed 2019.
  • Co-Investigator, GCRF Education in Conflict (2020-2024).
  • Associate Director of the Kamel Lazaar Foundation, 2011-present.
  • Research Associate, the Institute of Human Activities (, appointed 2016.
  • Series Editor, Visual Culture in the Middle East (Sternberg Press), 2016-present.
  • Consultant Editor, Open Arts Journal at the Open University (, appointed 2012.
  • Trustee, Strange Cargo (an Arts Council funded organization focusing on community-based arts project,, appointed 2014.
  • Trustee, Maryam and Edward Eisler Foundation, appointed 2011.
  • Trustee, Arts Cabinet (an organization that develops international art and culture programmes in the Middle East and beyond,, appointed 2015.

Post-Graduate Supervision

  • Jacob Koster (Critical Practices in Contemporary Art)
  • Nat Muller (Futurism in Contemporary Arab Art)
  • Yuu Sachiel (Censorship in Chinese Art)
  • Lisa Deml (Spectatorship and Citizen Reporting after the Arab Uprisings)

Recently Graduated:

  • Khulod Albugami (Installation Art as a tool for Social Change: A Case Study of Saudi Contemporary Art)
  • Rawan Sharaf Khatib (The Role Played by Palestinian Cultural Institution in the Formation and Transformation of Palestinian Visual / Cultural Identity)

External Co-Supervision:

  • Heba Y. Amin, doctoral fellow in art history at Freie Universität, Berlin (Co-Supervisor)
  • Anastasia Shanaah, doctoral fellow, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University (Co-supervisor)

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