A Museum Full of Emptiness

Elias Sanbar

20 Feb. 2015

Elias Sanbar was born in Haifa in 1947, but grew up and studied in Lebanon, where his family were forced to move following the creation of the State of Israel. In 1969 he went to Paris to continue his studies. He has taught international law at the University of Paris VII. He has also taught in Lebanon and Princeton University, USA. In 1981, he co-founded the prestigious Revue d'études palestiniennes, published by Les Éditions de Minuit, of which he was editor until 2006. An outstanding political negotiator, from 1992–97 he participated in the Washington negotiations, as director of the Palestinian delegation charged with negotiating the fate of Palestinian refugees. In 1988 he became a member of the Palestinian National Council. Since 2012, he has been the Palestinian Ambassador to UNESCO. He is also part of the patronage committee of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine.

Palestine at/without the Museum: Loss, Metaphor and Emancipation is a seminar that invites intellectual and cultural historians Elias Sanbar (Palestine/France) and Fadi Bardawil (Lebanon), curator Catherine David (France) and artist Alfredo Jaar (Chile) to reflect on the key questions raised by the documentary and archival exhibition Past Disquiet: Narratives and Ghosts from The International Art Exhibition for Palestine, conceived to mediate and incarnate the research around The International Art Exhibition for Palestine of 1978.

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