Ghalya Saadawi has been theory tutor at the DAI since 2018 teaching the seminars Contemporary Art and Discontent I and II, Witness, and Capital as a State of Mind. In 2015, she completed a PhD in sociology from Goldsmiths University of London where she considered a rethinking of witnessing through art practices and theoretical frames in aftermath of a civil war and under the aegis of neoliberal privatization. She is senior lecturer at the Centre for Research Architecture, Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths University of London, and was adjunct faculty in the department of Fine Arts and Art History at the American University of Beirut, and other Lebanese universities between 2003-2019. She was also resident professor of the Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace Program between 2015-2017. Her writing has appeared in art periodicals such as Bidoun, frieze, Art in America, e-flux, the derivative, among others, as well as in journals such as Third Text, Art Margins, PhiloSOPHIA, and Journal of Visual Cultures. She is currently at work an auto-theory manuscript on hypochondria and a long-form essay that (re)considers ‘capital as a state of mind’ as the structural homologies between capitalism, mind and social relations. She is one of the members of the Beirut Institute for Critical Analysis and Research (BICAR).
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