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Farah Atoui





Farah Atoui (she/her) is a postdoc fellow at Concordia University’s Communication Department, in affiliation with the Feminist Media Studio. She holds a Ph.D. in Communications Studies from McGill University, Montreal. Her doctoral thesis examines experimental Syrian documentaries as cinematic countervisualizations invested in disrupting the visual regime of the Syrian refugee “crisis.” More broadly, her research engages with artistic interventions produced under conditions of struggle—war, occupation, crisis, displacement—as sites for critical knowledge-production and resistance that renew social and political imaginaries. Farah is also a curator and film programmer, and a member of the Regards palestiniens and Regards syriens screening collectives.     

Participant in the following FMS projects

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Farah.atoui@mail.mcgill.ca


Publications

2023
Farah Atoui (2023). “Of Place and Cement.” World Records Journal Vol. 8 https://worldrecordsjournal.org/bidayyat-of-place-and-cement/


2020
Farah Atoui (2020). “Return, Recollect, Imagine: Decolonizing Images, Reclaiming Palestine.” Postcolonial Directions in Education, 9(1), 8-42. 
https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/57

Farah Atoui (2020). “The Calais Crisis: Real Refugees Welcome, Migrants ‘Do Not Come’.” In Moving Images: Mediating Migration as Crisis. Krista Lynes, Tyler Morgenstern, Ian Alan Paul (eds.). Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag. 211-228. 
https://doi.org/10.14361/9783839448274-017

Farah Atoui and Nour Ouayda (2020). “Surgissements : poétiques de l’image vidéo.” Hors champ, Mai/Juin.
https://horschamp.qc.ca/article/surgissements-potiques-de-limage-vido

2016
Farah Atoui (2016). “Appropriate, Remix, Erase, Zoom in: The Transformative Power of Filmmaking in Kamal Al Jafari’ s Recollection.” Offscreen, 20 (10)
https://offscreen.com/view/transformative-power-in-recollection


Screenings

2023
Co-organizer, of The Political Aesthetic: Displacing Resistance, Resisting Displacement, a screening series that offers a framework for exploring the notions of displacement, refuge, and creative resistance through the medium of the moving image. La lumière collective. 

2021
Co-organizer of Queer for Palestine, a screening program of queer shorts that focuses on the intersection of gender and sexual identity with the Palestinian liberation struggle, La Sala Rossa. 

Co-organizer of Revolution Until Victory, A Palestine solidarity outdoor screening and discussion.

2020
Co-organizer of Beirut Over and Over Again, a solidarity and fundraising outdoor screening of short films from/on Beirut, Montreal.

2018–2019
Co-organizer of The Political Imaginary of Waiting, a year-long graduate student working group and public screening and lecture series exploring the politics, poetics, and aesthetics of waiting through the lens of media studies. This project, in collaboration with Concordia University’s Global Emergent Media Lab and La Lumiere collective, culminated in an artist-led workshop on decolonial artistic practices. 






Conferences

2021
Co-organizer of Imaging and Imagining Intimacy, an interdisciplinary conference engaging with theories and methodologies of intimacy together with the political potential of images, McGill University.


Exhibitions

2021
Co-organizer of Making Revolution: Collective Histories, Desired Futures a video exhibition exploring representations of struggle and revolution in the Middle East and North Africa, Montreal Arts Interculturels (MAI).

2016
Co-organizer of Dissonant Integrations, a multimedia exhibition that questions dominant representations of race, ethnicity, and other forms of fixed identities, organized as part of the Ethnocultural Art Histories Research project, Z Art Space, Montreal.


Research Projects

2018–2019
Research assistant on Voices of the Nakba: A Living History of Palestine, a book that collects the stories of first-generation Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.