Jessica Holland, Strategic Projects Director

Jessica Holland is the Strategic Projects Director of CBRL, based in London. She is a digital archives specialist and a curator of contemporary art from South West Asia and North Africa.

Jessica is co-curator of the upcoming exhibition, Geographies of the Future: Traveling the Arab-Majority World in Virtual Reality, at Franklin and Marshall College, Philadelphia, & at other U.S. and regional locations (2024).

Previously, Jessica was Manager of Knowledge Production and Pedagogy for the Arab Studies Institute (ASI), co-leading the redesign of the Knowledge Production Project’s data visualisation website and coordinating teaching modules for the Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative. Jessica co-hosts a podcast, ‘Search Files: Exploring Trends in Knowledge Production and Pedagogy’ for ASI, hosted by the e-zine Jadaliyya.

Prior to 2021, Jessica spent several years working in Amman, Jordan, on various curatorial projects, and as project co-lead and archivist for a digitization and digital humanities project, the American Center of Research (ACOR)’s Digital Archive.

Jessica gained an MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic from SOAS, University of London, and presented her dissertation on decolonial affordances within the archive at ‘Photo Archives VII: The Majority World’ conference, at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut in 2019. She received her BA in History of Art from the University of Cambridge.

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