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 Associate Director for External Research Funding. In 2019, he received an AHRC Development Award and, in his capacity as Cultural and Commissioning Lead, in 2020 he was the recipient of an additional four-year GCRF Network Plus award (2020-2024). This latter project  will develop research and cultural events that support education provision, visual culture, and digital methodologies in Palestine, Jordan, and Lebanon. He is a long-time editor at Third Text (Routledge) and was recently appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Digital War (Palgrave). In 2022, he will join the editorial board of the Journal of Memory, Mind & Media (Cambridge University Press).

Full list of extended professional affiliations:

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)
  • Pierre D’Alancaisez (Art, Politics, and Change)

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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