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Andrew Gayed is an Egyptian-Canadian art historian and researcher interested in photography, Middle Eastern contemporary art, identity politics, and migration/diaspora studies. Gayed is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History and Visual Culture at York University, and holds an M.A. in Art History, and a B.F.A. in Visual Arts.  As a lecturer and adjunct professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, his research investigates Middle Eastern contemporary art, with a focus on migration and visual art being produced by the North American diaspora.


Gayed's research is located at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary and transnational inquiry in art history, gender studies, and cultural studies. The 2018 Osgoode Law research fellow in Transnationalism and Human rights, Gayed has been the recipient of notable awards including the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Award, a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Masters Award, and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Gayed has published journal articles and book chapters on wide-ranging themes, including: contemporary art of the diaspora, museum studies, queer artistic practices, and global art histories. Gayed has developed this research at conferences and keynotes internationally at U.C. Berkley, Harvard University, Duke University, the British Museum, and Oxford University on two occasions, in addition to presentations and keynotes before Canadian audiences.