Dina is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature and Visual Studies. Her research investigates the reception of visual arts and literatures about civil conflicts in the SWANA region (Southwest Asia and North Africa), more specifically the (South) Sudanese civil wars (1983-2005; 2013-2020) and the Lebanon civil war (1975-1990). Her dissertation, entitled Reading (Il)literacies in Arts Initiatives across the Sudanese and Lebanese Civil Conflicts, examines the practices of different agents of reading when witnessing pain, conflict, and suffering in the arts initiatives of the South Sudanese Ana Taban Initiative, the Sudanese Art Kanoon Magazine and the Lebanese Samandal Magazine. The different reading agents her current project centers in this comparative reading are the professional reader (i.e., critic) herself, the artist as a reader of communal needs, and the nonprofessional reader of the work of art. Her other work has been published in ImageText and Middle Eastern Literatures.
- Contemporary Arab(ic) Literature
- Reception Studies
- Memory and Affect Studies
- Visual Studies
- Sound Studies