[P4962] The Gulf: Visualizing the National Narrative

Created by Shaikhah Almubaraki
Sunday, 11/19/17 1:00pm


Starting in the mid Twentieth Century, a number of rulers in the Gulf were determined to instigate modernity and a unique national identity for their newly found Nation State. The advent of oil allowed for this 'character' crafting to take form and for the State to farm out resources, generating an array of national narratives. Different venues were activated including architecture, urban planning, art, theatre, photography, international expositions, biennales, and festivals to solidify an image in place. Scholarship on the Gulf tends to recount State building from a political, economic, and or urban perspective disregarding how actual State sponsored visual displays, that were physical, pictorial, or staged, supported and at times even prompted this national narrative. The purpose of this panel is thus to bring together papers from a variety of disciples that examine the numerous ways in which a national image was generated and or countered in the Gulf in general or in any of its States in a particular. The aims is also to explore the ways in which these overarching national narratives challenged and at times even marginalized groups that did not fit within the larger fabricated whole.


Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS)


Archit & Urb Plng



Laura Frances Goffman

(Georgetown University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Discussant;

Shaikhah Almubaraki

(University of California, Berkeley)
Shaikha Almubaraki is a PhD Student in the Architecture Department at the University of California at Berkeley with a designated emphasis in Film and Media studies. She is specialized in the History of Architecture and Urbanisms in the Arab World from...
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair; Organizer; Presenter;

Ashleen Williams

(University of Mississippi)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Amina Alkandari

(University of California Berkeley)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;