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Layal Ftouni is currently in the final stages of her PhD thesis at the University of Westminster where she was awarded a fully funded scholarship. She is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster and SOAS, University of London. Her research, titled Dismantling or Reproducing the Orientalist Canon? examines Neo-Orientalism in contemporary visual arts with a specific focus on photography.

Layal’s research interests include cultural and post-colonial studies, theory and criticism of art and feminist and gender studies. She is a co-founder of Arab Cultural Studies Group and is currently working on a book with Tarik Sabry titled Arab Subcultures: Transformations in Theory and Practice where she will also contribute a chapter on Egyptian Surrealism. Her publications include a chapter titled Rethinking Gender Studies: Towards an Arab Feminist Epistemology in Arab Cultural Studies: Mapping the Field

Layal presented her research in a number of different forums including Iniva, The Courtauld institute of Art, Ruskin School of Art -University of Oxford, and the University of Copenhagen. She recently curated the exhibition On Borrowed Time (March 2014) the Institute of International Visual Arts, Iniva.