Arts & Culture

Join this panel if you are interested in the expression or application of human creative skills or imagination or if you are interested in celebrating/enhancing a cultural group. Career Example: Palestinian Film Festival creator, theater director, performer, visual artist, musicology

Moderator and Discussant: Joseph Maviglia

Joseph Maviglia is an acclaimed singer-songwriter, poet and essayist.  His most recent musical release

is 'Angel in the Rain'(2010) and his previous CD 'Memory to Steel' featured the Juno Award-winning compostion 'Father, It's Time'.

He has toured Canada, Europe and the United States, most recently returning from performances in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

His latest book 'Critics Who Know Jack (Urban Myths, Media and Rock and Roll)' was released this year by Guernica Editons.

He will be appearing at INSPIRE (Toronto International Book Fair) at the Metro Convention Centre this November. 

To view Joseph's video 'One By One' visit

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 Ruba Kanaan

Ruba Kana’an is the Head of Research and Publications at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada. She is a specialist on the urban histories of pre-modern Muslim societies, and the interface between art and law in Muslim contexts. She has a BSc. in architecture (Jordan), and an MPhil and a DPhil in Islamic art and architecture from Oxford University.  She has taught extensively at the graduate and undergraduate levels on various aspects of Islamic art and architecture (7th –19th centuries); in 2007 she developed, wrote and taught Oxford University’s first on-line course in Islamic Art and Architecture.

Kana’an’s research projects include a study of institutions of architectural patronage in Ottoman Palestine and the manner in which pre-modern Muslim societies created civic space. This research formed the basis of two articles published in the journals Levant (2001) and Muqarnas (2001). Her research has taken her to Oman where she carried out a comprehensive survey of Oman’s historical mosques, focusing on their socio-legal development and artistic influences.  An important aspect of this survey concerning the uniquely decorated mihrabs of Ibadhi mosques is published in Islamic Art in Oman (2008). Most recently, her interest in the confluence between art and law in Muslim contexts has led to the reassessment of the relationship between artist and patron in medieval Muslim societies; she has carried out a study of the production and patronage of pre-Mongol metalwork in Iran and Central Asia, examining evidence from medieval compendia of contract law and artists’ signatures (Islamic Law and Society, 2009 and forthcoming in Ars Orientalis).  She is currently co-editing a book titled Places of Worship and Devotion in Muslim Societies and completing a volume entitled The Arts of Medieval Muslim Societies: 10 Key Masterpieces.  Kana’an is an editor for a new book series entitled Islam and Muslim Societies in the Medieval and early Modern Period.

Mohammed Mohsen

Mohammed Mohsen is a Toronto based artist who has exhibited with internationally acclaimed artists. He has served on the Board of Directors of several arts organizations in Toronto. Mohsen has studied economics and Middle East area studies at the University of Toronto, and has completed a BFA in drawing and painting at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. Mohsen's work explores drama and the abstraction of narrative, where art opens up tensions of memory and history. Mohsen is currently examining politics of play and generic theories of power.