Silvia Naef is a full professor at the Arabic Studies Section, University of Geneva. She has taught in Tübingen and Basel and has been a visiting professor at the universities of Toronto (2007-2009), Sassari (Italy, 2012), the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (2016), St. Joseph, Beirut (2017) and a visiting researcher in Princeton (2003) and Göttingen (2013). Her research focusses on modern art, visual representations and images in the Arab and Islamic world; she is also interested in gender issues. She has recently co-edited Visual Modernity in the Arab World, Turkey and Iran: Reintroducing the ‘Missing Modern’, in Asiatische Studien/Etudes Asiatiques (2016). She has been the principal investigator of the research project Other Modernities: Patrimony and Practices of Visual Expression Outside the West (2013-2017), funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, in collaboration with I. Maffi (University of Lausanne) and W. Shaw (Free University Berlin).
University of Geneva