Naeem Mohaiemen (‘20 - Present)

Lecturer in Anthropology and Institute for Comparative Literature & Society Columbia University nm2678@columbia.edu

Naeem Mohaiemen makes films, builds installations, and writes essays about rhizomatic families, malleable borders, and socialist utopias– beginning from Bangladesh’s two postcolonial markers (1947, 1971) and then radiating outward to unexpected transnational linkages. His academic research looks at novel forms of praxis generated from the residue of failed revolutions. He is author of Midnight’s Third Child (Nokta, forthcoming) and Prisoners of Shothik Itihash (Kunsthalle Basel, 2014);  editor of Between Ashes and Hope: Chittagong Hill Tracts in the Blind Spot of Bangladesh Nationalism (Drishtipat, 2010); and co-editor with Eszter Szakacs of Solidarity Must be Defended (Tranzit, forthcoming) and with Lorenzo Fusi of System Error: War is a Force that Gives us Meaning (Sylvana, 2007).  For his film work, Mohaiemen was a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow (video) and a 2018 finalist for the Turner Prize. He serves on the board of the Vera List Center for Art & Politics, New School, New York, and the film council of Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), London. In addition to the Mellon fellowship at Society of Fellows, Columbia University, New York, Mohaiemen is Senior Fellow at Lunder Institute of American Art, Colby College, Maine. He received his PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University.

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