Ghalya Saadawi is a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is writing about the intersections between different modes of witnessing and the politics of fiction, particularly in the work of contemporary Lebanese artists. She is also an independent writer and critic. Her reviews, essays and texts have appeared in Bidoun, Ibraaz, Frieze, Third Text, Jadaliyya, Nowiswere, Art in America and Bidayat, among a number of other publications and artist monographs. She co-edited the book Untitled Tracks: On Alternative Music in Beirut (Amers Editions, 2009) and was editor of Plot for a Biennial, the 10th Sharjah Biennial Catalogue (2011). In 2012, she wrote and led a walking tour of Beirut in 2080 titled After the Future: Heritage Redux (in collaboration with 98weeks, Beirut and AIR International Research Programme/ FARE, Milan). Saadawi lectures part-time in Beirut, in the art history and fine arts departments of the American University of Beirut, Saint Joseph University, and the Lebanese American University. She lives between Beirut and London.

After the Future: Heritage Redux - Ghalya Saadawi | Tour

The panel will be followed by a guided tour through what was known as Solidere, in downtown Beirut. The discussion will be preceded by readings of science fiction novels by Nihad Sharif, Mahmoud Mustafa and Youssef Izzedeen Issa, among others. These will be read and broadcast live at 98weeks commencing at 4 pm on the day of the panel.