PhDArts Symposium: Arts in the Eyes of National Identities

23 June 2016, 10.30-18.30: Small Auditorium, Academiegebouw Rapenburg 73, Leiden

24 June 2016, 11.30-18.30: Spectrumzaal, Studentencentrum Plexus, Kaiserstraat 25, Leiden

Open to researchers, artists, students and the general public.
Reservation is mandatory as seating is limited.
Please rsvp before 15 June 2016 by sending an email to

Arts in the Eyes of National Identities is a two day symposium that inquires into the relationship between nations and artistic practices, their connections and boundaries. The gap between, on the one hand, certain conceptual assertions and claims of contemporary art practice, and on the other, practical boundaries and limits will be debated through posing the following questions:

‘How can art and artists today actually cross borders and be part of public space? What are the limits and what are the different ways to deal with these restrictions? How do the different roles of embodied national identities influence artistic practices in the city’s public sites?’

The symposium is organized by PhDArts researcher Thalia Hoffman and performing artist and activist Eliesh. Two case studies related to their respective practices will be part of the programme, namely the figure of the refugee artist in Europe and Guava,a platform created by Thalia Hoffman.

10:30 - Registration
11:00 - Opening Remarks
11:30 - PANEL 01: Performance Lecture: Thalia // Eliesh
14:30 - ROUND TABLE 01 with k.g. Guttman
17:00 - FILM SCREENING: 'On the Bride's Side', followed by a discussion with the director Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry

11:30 - PANEL 02: 'Refugee art within European Policies', with Greta Galeazzi and Bassam Alkhouri
14:30 - PANEL 03: 'Borders and Nationalities in Arts', with Prof dr Henk van Houtum and Urok Shirhan
16:30 - ROUND TABLE 02 with Basma Hamdy
18:30 - Closing Remarks

Video still, 'Sham' (There), 2016, courtesy of Thalia Hoffman