Anthony Downey is Professor of Visual Culture in the Middle East and North Africa (Birmingham City University). He is a long-standing editor of the peer-reviewed journal Third Text (Routledge) and an editor at the Journal of Digital War (Palgrave Macmillan). He is also the series editor for Research/Practice (Sternberg Press/MIT, 2019–ongoing) and, in 2021, will join the editorial board of the Journal of Memory, Mind & Media (Cambridge University Press).
Downey is the Cultural and Commissioning Lead on a four-year multi-disciplinary AHRC Network Plus award where his research focuses on cultural practices, digital methods, and educational provision for children with disabilities in Lebanon, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and Jordan (2020-2024). This award was preceded by a GCRF Development award in 2019.
Recent and upcoming publications include Unbearable States: Cultural Activism and Digital Research Methodologies in the Middle East (forthcoming, 2022); Topologies of Air: Shona Illingworth (Sternberg Press and the Power Plant, 2021); Lara Baladi: Tahrir Archives Sternberg Press/MIT, forthcoming, 2021); Roy Samaha: Revenant (Sternberg Press/MIT, 2021); Heba Y Amin: The General’s Stork (Sternberg Press/MIT, 2020); Critique in Practice (Sternberg Press/MIT, 2019); Don’t Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet: The Works of Hiwa K (Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2017); and Future Imperfect: Contemporary Art Practices and Cultural Institutions in the Middle East (Sternberg Press, 2016). He is also the author of the Art and Politics Now (Thames and Hudson, 2014).
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In 2020 and 2021, respectively, Downey will curate two U.K. exhibitions (at the Mosaic Rooms, London, and New Art Exchange, Nottingham), alongside a programme of events focusing on the development of digital methodologies within cultural practices across the Middle East. He is currently finalising his manuscript for Displacement Activities: Visual Culture and the Refugee Condition (Sternberg Press/MIT, 2021).
Anthony Downey, image courtesy of Jens Kohlen, Kassel, 2017