Teaching Graphic Design History in/of the Arab World: Narratives and Practices (Postponed)



Graphic design in the Arab world has been shaped by colonial legacies that continue to influence both its teaching and practice. This research symposium aims to explore this issue by bringing together scholars, educators, and practitioners to discuss the decolonisation of graphic design education. It aims to provide a platform to reflect on challenges and opportunities, and consider approaches to the study of graphic design in the Arab world with a focus on the cultural, social, linguistic, and historical contexts of the region.

This event is organized by Dr. Yasmine Nachabe Taan, Lebanese American University, Beirut and Trustee of the Design History Society, and Dr. Lina Hakim, Senior Lecturer and member of the Visual and Material Culture Research Centre at Kingston University, London.

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  • Welcome speech (Dean Elie Haddad, School of Architecture and Design, LAU)
  • Introduction (Dr. Yasmine Nachabe Taan & Dr. Lina Hakim)
  • Panel 1: Narratives (stories, definitions, timelines, archives)
    • Dina Benbrahim - Inside and outside the classroom: an anti-racist and feminist approach to design histories
    • Haytham Nawar - A History of Histories: The stories/challenges behind writing a book about “Arab Graphic Design History”
    • Moe Elhossieny - Archives of The Shadow: Institutions, Collectors, Dealers, and Heirs
    • Yasmine Nachabe Taan - A Transition from Global to Glocal: Breaking Hierarchies in the Teaching of History of Graphic Design
  • Discussion (speakers + participants)
  • Open Q&A to audience


  • Panel 2: Practices (references, knowledge, language, dissemination)
    • Jana Traboulsi - Design Practice as Research and Writing Methodology
    • Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès - Uncovering the Multifaceted History of Typography in the Arab World
    • Basma Hamdy - The Myth of Complexity in the Arabic Script
    • Lara Balaa - A Methodological Framework for Studying Geographies of Graphic Design
  • Discussion (speakers + participants)
  • Open Q&A to audience
  • Reflective Commentary: Lina Hakim
  • Closing remarks