Ismail Nashif is associate professor of anthropology at the Sociology and Anthropology program. He is also an art critic and curator and has published several collections of short stories. He has initiated different cultural projects and institutions that cater for art and literature in the Palestinian context, in order to build institutional infrastructures for advancing knowledge production, art, and literature. Of his important publications is Palestinian Political Prisoners: Identity and Community (Routledge, 2008). As part of his ongoing research on the possibility of knowledge production via the particularity of the Palestinian tragic history, he has published Gradus for Opening the Episteme (Al Farabi, 2014, 2th ed.). His comprehensive book on contemporary Palestinian culture came out in 2012: The Architecture of Loss: The question of contemporary Palestinian culture (Al Farabi). In this book, he addresses the major transformation of Palestinian culture in the last two decades. He has published several studies on the plastic art field in Palestine. His latest book on this subject is On Palestinian Abstraction: Zohdy Qadry and the geometric melody of Late Modernism (Raya Publication, 2014). In this book, he tries to trace the major constitutive intersections in the history of the Palestinian abstract art since the mid-19th century up to date.
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