Sary Zananiri is a practice-based researcher. His interests sit at the intersection of religion, colonialism and visual culture with a focus on the ways in which social and cultural histories can explicate the political. He completed his PhD at Monash University looking at the confluence of 19th-century Western imaging of the Palestinian landscape and Zionist narrative. He is working with NINO, through the Frank Scholten fund, and the NWO project CrossRoads: European Cultural Diplomacy and Arab Christians in Palestine 1918-1948 led by Dr Karène Sanchez. He is currently researching Frank Scholten and his important photographic collection, investigating the impacts of British Mandate on communalism in post-World War I Palestine and the ways in which homosexuality undermined the taxonomies often associated with the region.
- ‘Imaging and Imagining’: Photography and Social History in British Mandate Palestine 1918-1948. Co-editor with Karène Sanchez, and contributor of a chapter on Frank Scholten (forthcoming with Brill 2020)
- Documenting the Social: the Frank Scholten Collection and Undermining Perceptions of Ethnographic Taxonomy in British Mandate Palestine. In: ‘Imaging and Imagining’: Photography and Social History in British Mandate Palestine 1918-1948. Co-editor with Karène Sanchez, and contributor of two chapters on Frank Scholten and Palestine Exploration Fund (forthcoming with Brill 2020)
- Frank Scholten: A Dutchman in Early Mandate Palestine. Depth of Field (forthcoming 2020)
- Cultural Diplomacy and British Mandate Palestine. Co-edited with Karène Sanchez (forthcoming with Brill 2020)
- Indigineity, Transgression and the Body: Orientalism and Biblification in the Popular Imaging of Palestinians. Journal of Intercultural Studies (Taylor and Francis, Australia, forthcoming 2021)
- Frank Scholten: landschap in het Brits Mandaat Palestina. Fotografisch Geheugen, December 2018
- Hamed Rayat on Jesus. In Archive, ed. Kylie Blackley, the Ownership Project, 2017
- Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel. The Age and Sydney Morning Herald March 17th, 2017 with Idan Ben-Barak
- From Still to Moving Image: The Shifting Representation of Jerusalem and Palestinians in the Western Biblical Imaginary. Jerusalem Quarterly, Institute for Palestine Studies JQ 67, Fall 2016
- Guest Editor, Art Territories (2010-2011)
- Interview with Tom Nicholson, Art Territories (October 2010)
- Between Here and Elsewhere, catalogue essay Maj Hasager (DK) & Helen de Main (GB), Al Hoash Gallery, Jerusalem 2010
See also profile page at Leiden University website.