Program Faculty

Sara Mameni

Sara Mameni


Sara Mameni received her PhD in Art History from University of California San Diego in 2015 and was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz in 2016/2017. Her specialization is contemporary art in the Arab/Muslim world with a focus on queer of color theory. Her current research explores biopolitics, racial discourse in the Anthropocene, post-humanist aesthetics and the geo-ecological age of petroleum.  

She has published articles in Signs, Women & Performance, Al-Raida Journal, Fuse Magazine, Fillip Review, Canadian Art and written for exhibition catalogues in Dubai, Sharjah and Istanbul. She curated the exhibition “Snail Fever” at the Third Line Gallery in Dubai. She is currently working on her book project titled, Crude Aesthetics: Sensing Oil in Contemporary Art. 

Mameni teaches core courses in the MA program in Aesthetics and Politics including “Contemporary Aesthetic Theory” and “Critical Discourse in the Arts and Media.” On the BFA level she teaches courses in Queer Theory, Psychoanalysis, Eco-Aesthetics, Animal Studies and Non-Western Modernisms. 

Selected Publications: 

Sara Mameni (2018), “What Are the Iranians Wishing For? Queer Transnational Solidarity in Revolutionary Iran” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (43:4). (

Sara Mameni (2017), “Dermopolitics: Erotics of the Muslim Body in Pain,” Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 27:1 (2017): 96-103. Special issue on “Sentiment and Sentience: Black Performance since Scenes of Subjection” Ed. Sampada Aranke and Nikolas Oscar Sparks. (

Sara Mameni (2013), “Car Flirting and Morality Cruising: Neurotic Gazes and Paranoid Glances in Contemporary Iranian Art” AL-Raida Journal 141 (Spring/Summer 2013): 27-38 Special issue on “Women and Photography in the Arab World.” (

Sara Mameni (2013), “The Subterranean Ice Pit,” Exhibition Catalogue, Galerie Mana, Istanbul (Written in English with Turkish translation) 

Sara Mameni (2011), “Snail Fever” curatorial essay, Exhibition Catalogue, The Third Line Gallery, Dubai    

Sara Mameni (2011), “Tiger and Radishes” Manual of Treason, Sharjah Biennale 10 (Written in Farsi & English) 

Sara Mameni (2010), “Foiled Islands: Abbas Akhavan at The Third Line Gallery” Fuse Magazine, Volume 34 (2010): 44-46. 

Sara Mameni (2010), “Adventures in History: Isabelle Pauwels at the Henry Art Gallery” Canadian Art (Fall, 2010) 130-133. (

Sara Mameni (2009), “Take Two: On Denise Oleksijczuk” Canadian Art (Winter, 2009): 70-73. (

Sara Mameni (2007), “Invasion of the Cybernetic Hand and Other Predicaments: Kristin Lucas at Or Gallery” Fillip Review 5 (2007): 15.