Assistant Professor Ian Alan Paul’s video essay “The Dis/Appeared” to be featured at WOCMES

Ian Alan Paul’s video essay “The Dis/Appeared: 25 Notes on Colonial Regimes of Perception” will be screened at this summer’s World Congress of Middle Eastern Studies in Sevilla, Spain as part of the conference’s acclaimed Film Festival.

Through narration and a montage of images that are at once ordinary and unsettling, the video essay gives an account of settler-colonial instantiations of power while also proposing a tactical repertoire to be taken up against colonial rule. The project was produced over the course of 2017 while the artist was living and teaching in the West Bank of Palestine, and is the first part of a series of films, installations, and texts that examine the conjuncture of coloniality, governmentality, and memory in global contexts.