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Sami
Khatib

Position
Professor
Department
Department of the Arts

Profile

Brief Biography

Sami Khatib’s research spans the fields of Aesthetic Theory, Critical Theory, Visual Arts, Media Theory, and Cultural Studies with a special focus on the thought of Walter Benjamin. He holds an MA degree in Media Studies and Philosophy (2004) and a PhD degree in Media Studies (2013) from Freie Universität Berlin (Germany). He is a founding member of the Beirut Institute for Critical Analysis and Research (BICAR). Before joining the Department of the Arts at the American University in Cairo, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher the DFG-funded research training group “Cultures of Critique” at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany. His ongoing research project “Aesthetics of the ‘Sensuous-Supra Sensuous” examines the aesthetic scope and political relevance of Marx’s discovery of the commodity form. Prior appointments include a visiting professorship of philosophy and aesthetics at the Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria (2017), a visiting professorship at the Department of Fine Arts and Art History at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon (2016-17), and a Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Arts and Humanities at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon (2015-16). He has published widely in international journals and volumes. A selection of his recent publications can be found online.