Rhode Island School of Design
Fellow in Research Area 4: "Literary Currencies", August - November 2022
Foad Torshizi is Assistant Professor of Art History at Rhode Island School of Design, where he is also an affiliate faculty in the graduate programme in Global Arts and Cultures. He holds degrees in Comparative Literature and Society and Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures (PhD and MPhil, Columbia University), Art History (MA, University of Minnesota) and Photography (MFA, Honar University of Tehran). Prior to joining the RISD faculty in 2017, he taught graduate students at Tehran University, advanced undergraduates and graduate students at the Università degli Studi di Milano in Italy as well as undergraduate students in Columbia University’s Core Curriculum. Torshizi’s research interests are in the areas of global contemporary art, contemporary Iranian and Middle Eastern art, postcolonial theory, ethics of readership, theories of globalization and cosmopolitanism, comparative literature and the politics of translation and interpretation. His research has appeared in books and academic journals both in the US and Iran. Most recently (May 2021) he published an article in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (Duke University Press) on the works of the prolific Iranian artist Ghazaleh Hedayat and feminism in contemporary Iranian art. His latest article, “Loquacious Objects: Contemporary Iranian Art, Auto-translation, and the Readings of Benevolence,” is forthcoming in early 2023 in Grey Room (MIT Press), and he is currently co-editing a special issue on postcolonialism, art history, and the global turn.