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Rhéa Dagher

Disability Under Siege Project

Research Consultant

Country: Lebanon

ITP Year: 2014


Rhéa majored in International Affairs and Diplomacy and has always been interested in everything related to anthropology, sociology, history, and archaeology.

Rhéa has worked in areas relating to arts and culture and came on the ITP when she was a research assistant in the Department of Archaeology and Museology (DAM) at the University of Balamand, Lebanon. In this role, she helped with the cleaning and reorganisation of the ethnographic museum storage space, worked on an exhibition, and conducted research for the department.

In 2016, Rhéa left this role to pursue a master’s degree in Museology and Cultural Heritage Management at the University of Balamand. During her studies, Rhéa has been involved with Atelier Hapsitus, a pluri-disciplinary collective think-tank established by artist and architect Nadim Karam in 1996, where she continues to work. Her responsibilities include documenting and archiving all artworks and projects by the studio, creating concept texts for their public art projects, and assisting in the creation of exhibitions related to the office.

Since 2021, Rhéa has returned to DAM as a project-based Museologist. She recently contributed to the planning and execution of the newly inaugurated Balamand Monastery Museum. Link:

She also served as a Research Consultant for the Disability Under Siege Project, focusing on arts and culture practices related to inclusivity and disabilities in Lebanon and the region.

Rhéa co-authored a chapter in the book “The Art of Minorities: Cultural Representation in Museums of the Middle East and North Africa” and has contributed in online literature reviews and reports for the Disability Under Siege project.

Book link:

Disability Under Siege Project: Resources and Publications link:

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2014, Rhéa was based in the Middle East Department and her partner placement was spent at Birmingham Museums Trust.

In 2014 participants were asked to prepare a project outlining an exhibition proposal based on the Asahi Shimbun Displays – a temporary exhibition in Room 3 at the British Museum.  Rhéa’s exhibition project proposal was entitled, Narratives of the Lebanese Civil War, 1975-1990.

Rhéa’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust.

Legacy Projects
In 2020, Rhéa attended the International Training Programme’s series of online subject specialist sessions. Rhéa attended:
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