About

Pamela Erskine-Loftus is the director of The Media Majlis. She received her MA in museum studies from the University of Leicester, UK, with a dissertation with distinction of the effects of the 1991 Gulf War on art museums in Kuwait and Iraq, and a PhD in Arabian Peninsula Museology from Newcastle University, UK. She is a 2019 graduate of the renowned Getty Leadership Institute for executive museum leaders.

Her professional experience includes appointments in the US at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Prior positions in the Arabian Peninsula include with Sharjah Museums Department, UAE, where she was founding head of interpretation and education, and with Qatar Museums where she was concept curator for a new museum.

She is the editor and contributor to three books on Gulf museum practice: Reimagining Museums: Practice in the Arabian Peninsula (MuseumsEtc., 2013), Museums and the Material World: Collecting the Arabian Peninsula (MuseumsEtc., 2014), and Representing the Nation: heritage, museums, identity and national narratives in the Arab Gulf States (Routledge, 2016). In addition, she is the editor of the publication Arab Identities, images in film: Voices & Conversations (Akkadia Press, 2018) and the inaugural edition of Multaqa: a forum for Gulf Museum Educators (vol.1, spring 2016). Recent papers and presentations include ‘Displaying the Peninsula: museums as a creator of visual identity’ in Visual Culture(s) in the Gulf: an anthology (Gulf Research Center Cambridge, 2016), ‘Where is the line in the sand? Museum making and risk taking in the Persian Gulf’ at MuseumNext, Melbourne 2017, ‘The Emergence of the public university museum in the Gulf’ at Museums in Arabia (King’s College, London, 2019), and ‘Does it Matter if Museum Practices are Thought of as ‘Global’?’ in Museums of the Arabian Peninsula: Historical Developments and Contemporary Discourse (Routledge, forthcoming).