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Keynote Paper: “Neoliberal Visions: Cultural Institutions and the Political Economy of Global Culture in the Middle East”, Decolonizing the Cultural Institution, CCLPS Conference, SOAS, London, 16 June, 2017.
Lecture: “Hermeneutic Suspicion: Digital Archiving, Conflict and Cultural Production in the Middle East” University of Sussex, Brighton, Tuesday 16 February.
Downey, Anthony, panel discussion for book launch of Gulf Labor’s The Gulf: High Culture/Hard Labor, edited by Andrew Ross for Gulf Labor (OR books, 2015) Rivington Place, 19 November 2015.
Downey, Anthony, “Critical Conundrums and Curatorial Imperatives”, 30th Annual SAVAH Conference: Power and Visual Culture. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 11 September 2015.
Downey, Anthony. “Hermeneutic Suspicion, Digital Technology, And The Crisis Of Representation In The Middle East”, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 14 April 2015.
Downey, Anthony, “Against Representation: Digital Technology and Hermeneutic Suspicion in the Middle East”, Introduction to Global Art: Middle East and North Africa, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 26 February, 2015.
Downey, Anthony, “Publishing Online Digitised Catalogues: A Case Study (Ibraaz and The Jerusalem Show)”, The Jerusalem Show Conference, SALT, Istanbul, 17-18 February 2015.
Downey, Anthony, “What does Digital Activism in the Arts Mean Today?: The Middle East as a Case Study”, Harvard Centre for Government and International Studies/ Harvard & MIT Programming BBP, 17-24 January 2015.
Downey, Anthony, Paper: “For the Common Good? Artistic Practices and Civil Society in Tunisia”. Digital Media, New Media and the Middle East. The Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art, University College London. .
Downey, Anthony, “Digital Networks: Contemporary Art Institutions in the Middle East”, Dar El Hekma University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 14-16 February 2014.
Downey, Anthony, Principal Convenor: Cultural Production and Cultural Relations in the Middle East Today, National Museum of Bardo, Tunis, Tunisia. Chair and Paper Presentation: “Publishing in the Middle East: Arts and Institutions”.
Downey, Anthony, “What Can Art Do: Knowledge Production and Distribution in the Middle East and Public Sphere”, Museum Infrastructure and Domestic Support SOAS, Regional vis-à-vis Global Discourses, Contemporary Art from the Middle East at the London Middle East Institute Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 5 July 2013.
Downey, Anthony, “Uncommon Grounds: What we talk about when we talk about cultural production in North Africa and the Middle East”, Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, and the Stedelijk National Museum, Amsterdam, 28-29 November 2012. [from 51:26]
Downey, Anthony, “Agamben & the Future of Law, Politics & Philosophy”, Symposium, Newcastle Law School, 9 March 2011.
Downey, Anthony, “The Lives of Others: Ethnographic Ethics or Politicized Aesthetics”, Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice: ‘Ethnography in Visual Arts Practice’ Workshop, Fire Station Artists’ Studios, London, 16 February 2011.
Downey, Anthony, “I Felt Part of It, So I Did: Engaging Subjects in the Work of Anthony Luvera”, The Ethics of Participatory Practice, Photographer’s Gallery, London, November 2010.
Downey, Anthony, “Yinka Shonibare: The Anarchist Artist”, CNN African Voices, 17 May 2010.
Downey, Anthony, “The Rules of Engagement: Towards an Ethics of Collaboration”, AAH Conference, University of Glasgow, April 2010.
Downey, Anthony, “Pete and Repeat: Anthony Downey and Tom McCarthy Discuss Repetition in Art, Philosophy and Literature”. The London Consortium, Zabludowicz Collection, 26 November 2009.
Downey, Anthony, “Tate Encounters: Between the Museum, Academy and Society”, Tate Britain, October 2009.
Downey, Anthony, “Gender, War and Chadors II”, British Museum, October 2009.
Downey, Anthony, “Thresholds of a Coming Community: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Politics”, AAH Annual Conference, Manchester University, April 2009.
Downey, Anthony, “Tate Triennial Conference: Global Modernities”, Chair for Artist’s Roundtable Discussion, Tate Britain, March 2009.
Downey, Anthony, “The Lives of Others: Artur Zmijewski’s ‘Repetition’ and the Aesthetics of Surveillance”, Social East: Forum on the Art and Visual Culture of Eastern Europe, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, February 2009.
Downey, Anthony, “Discerning the Indiscernible: Contemporary Art and Zones of Indistinction”, Sovereignty and Bare Life, Zones of Conflict: Rethinking Contemporary Art During Global Crisis, Tate Modern, 29 November 2008.
Downey, Anthony, “At the Limits of the Image: Representations of Torture in Popular Culture”, Symposium on Iconoclasm and Iconolatry: Image, Terrorism and Blindness, CENDEAC, Murcia, Spain, October 2008.
Downey, Anthony, “The Burden of Representation: Contemporary Visual Arts in the Middle East”, Representing Islam: Comparative Perspectives, Manchester University, September 2008.
Downey, Anthony, “And I Bring Back Untold Treasures: The Curator As Artistic Importer”, chair, Institute of Contemporary Art, May 2008.
Downey, Anthony, “Documenting Disappearance: Algeria, State Terrorism and the Photographic Image”, Centre for the Study of Human Rights public debate, London School of Economics, 15 May 2008.
Downey, Anthony, “Critical Imperatives: Africa Remix and the Curatorial Dilemma, Museum Studies”, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University, April 2008.
Downey, Anthony, “Beyond Identity Politics: Excessive Identities in the work of Yinka Shonibare, Aimé Ntakiyika, and Samuel Fosso”, Diasporic Bodies and Visual Culture, Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies, Cornell University, April 2008.
Downey, Anthony, “Time Was When: Duration in the Work of Zarina Bhimji, Yto Barrada, Fatou Kande Senghor, and Allan de Souza”, International Conference on Time and Photography, Leuven and Louvain-La-Leuve University, March 2008.
Downey, Anthony, “Yto Barrada and the Politics of Aesthetics Colour Photography: From Autochrome to Cibachrome”, Courtauld Institute, 10 November 2007.