Zena M. Meskaoui

Adjunct faculty member

Ph.D. Philosophy, European Graduate School, Switzerland
M.A. History of Art, University of London, United Kingdom
Diploma History of Modern Art, Christie’s Education, United Kingdom
B.A. Interior Design, Beirut University College, Lebanon
B.A. Economics, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Zéna Meskaoui’s area of academic expertise is Art History (modern and contemporary) and Critical Theory, with a special emphasis and interest in Lebanese and regional artistic production. She has designed, developed and taught a number of courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The list of courses she recently taught includes: “Art Appreciation for Freshmen”, “Art Theory” (tutorial), “Modern Art”, “Renaissance to Modern”, “Special Topics in Art Theory”, and “Theories of Modern Art”. Meskaoui’s experience also includes trans-disciplinary activities in curating, educating and organizing. She is active with the AUB Nature Conservation Centre, where she helps with punctual projects involving art and aims at preserving the biodiversity in Lebanon, with the support and collaboration of local rural communities of the targeted areas. As assistant and co-director, she contributed to the opening and launching of the contemporary art gallery Sfeir-Semler in 2005 in Beirut. In 2004, she was the art director for the LAU Major Production, Ayyam Beirut. In addition, her publications include Dignity (R)evoked: Art in Lebanon - A Reading in Between Lines; Signifying Bodies; Texts under Trajets; La Ville; Vous Qui Habitez des Noms; Emplacement; Performing the Body: Haifa Wehbi in the Becoming; Tristesse, Au Jour le Jour; Toujours Pas Ma Guerre; Mohamad El Rawas’ Art-Worlds.