98weeks Research Project founded in 2007, shifts its attention to a new topic every 98 weeks. Combining theory and practice, 98weeks understands research as an open-ended activity, involving collaboration and an inter-disciplinary approach to art marking. 98weeks’ projects take multiple forms such as workshops, talks, screenings, seminars, reading groups, publications and exhibitions.

Feminisms is a research project by 98weeks that looks at feminist discourses throughout history, and their relation to critical discourses such as post- colonialism. 
Where does feminism stand today in relation to broader social issues, particularly in the Middle East? How can gender politics blur the divide between macro (war and catastrophic events) and everyday life politics? How are feminist voices manifest in art and writing and how to think cultural and artistic production through such lens?
This research project unfolds and revisits feminist experiences of the past 20 years in order to reposition these experiences, whether linguistic, social or political, in the present.

On Publications was a series of events exploring printed matter, language and text. Its initial project consisted of a re-reading of several historical arts and culture publications produced and distributed in the Arab world since the 1930s. Literary magazines such as Sh’ir or more cultural magazines such as Al Hilal were investigated through talks and seminars. On Publications also hosted “Why do you Publish?” an independent book fair and a book bazaar. 98editions, a small press for experimental writing stemmed from On Publications, as well as Our Lines Are Now Open: online radio on the poetics and politics of language.

SISKA at Subvision, Hamburg
98Research was initiated with Beirut Every Other Daya series of workshops exploring different approaches to Beirutʼs urban space. A space that has been-and is still- subject to ongoing political conflicts but mostly a city whose development, construction and destruction, are unregulated and unpredictable.

Looking at the cityʼs urban space and its different practices can help understand the way the city operates trough its spatial politics; how do the city’s inhabitants live and appropriate the city? How is its history is still being written in the present? What are the spaces and stories that make for that history and what is the role of artistic practices in participating in the reading/ practices of the city?