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Are we sustaining our cultural places?

Panel discussion at Misk Global Forum

For its fifth edition, Misk Art Institute is joining the Misk Global Forum; which will focus on daily actions young people can implement starting today that will perpetuate, permeate and develop exponentially - actions that have a positive Ripple Effect.

In fast changing times, where everyday reality is being redefined by technological, geopolitical and demographic transformations, social sustainability is critical to cope with transformation and create a more enriching future, whilst instilling a strong sense of collective and individual responsibilities towards our planet and our peers.

Cultural places have an important role to play to promote and preserve social sustainability, and ensure individuals adhere by its rules. This session will explore how cultural places can help promote social sustainability, and foster better, stronger societies, with thriving and conscious individuals.

This session contributes to the ripple effect by:

• Highlighting the role of culture in building thriving societies

• How developments within cultural spaces and practices must aim for sustainability

• Every member of society must consciously consider sustainability in ways of living

Keynote by

Noura Al Kaabi
H.E Noura Al Kaabi

Her Excellency Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi was appointed as the UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development in October 2017. As Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Her Excellency is responsible for the promotion of all UAE cultural fields on both a national and international level. She also sponsors and supports activities to develop and nurture young talent within the community. She previously held the post of Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs.

Moderated by

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Edie Lush

Ms. Lush, a British-American Journalist, is an Executive Editor of Hub Culture, a Communication Trainer and MC. She is a co-host for the CBS distributed Global Goals podcast, which is part of the ‘We Are All Human Foundation’, an organization devoted to promoting radical inclusion and diversity and fights racism and discrimination.


Sulta Alqassemi
​Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi is an Emirati columnist and researcher on social, political and cultural affairs in the Arab Gulf States whose articles have appeared in The Financial Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Open Democracy, The National, and The Globe and Mail, as well as other notable publications.

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​Mona Khazindar

Mona Khazindar, a Saudi national, was appointed Director General of the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris (Arab World Institute) from March 2011- March 2014. From 1987 till her appointment as Director General she headed the Department of Contemporary Art and Photography in the museum of the Institut du Monde Arabe. During that period, she focused on modern and contemporary art from the Middle East.

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​Jerome Neutres

Jerome Neutres, PhD, a writer and curator, was born in France in 1970. After completing his studies in literature and semiology of the text and the image, he has been curating some forty art shows since 1996, among which the acclaimed digital exhibition “Artists & robots” at the Astana International Expo (2017), and in the Grand palais, Paris (2018). His researches focused mainly on pioneer artists and innovative forms and mediums of art.

Nada Shabout
Nada Shabout

Nada Shabout is a Professor of Art History and the Director of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative (CAMCSI) at the University of North Texas. She is the founding president of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art from the Arab World, Iran and Turkey (AMCA).

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