City Gallery

Past event

Terminal Book Club: Via Zoom

24 September 2020

Terminal Book Club: Via Zoom is being hosted live on YouTube. This panel discussion will begin at 11am on the City Gallery Wellington YouTube Channel.

Working at the airport was like entering a parallel universe.
—Christopher Schaberg

City Gallery Book Club returns in Zoom with an edition inspired by our latest exhibition Terminal. Host Pip Adam is joined by Professor Christopher Schaberg (New Orleans), Turner Prize–nominated artist Naeem Mohaiemen (New York), and writer Sarinah Masukor (Sydney). At a time when world travel is grounded and international borders closed, they will discuss the airport as a site in literature and film.  

Reading list 

  • Tokyo Cancelled by Rana Dasgupta 
  • Tripoli Cancelled, film by Naeem Mohaiemen, featured in Terminal.  



Christopher Schaberg is Dorothy Harrell Brown Distinguished Professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans, and the author of five books, including The End of Airports (Bloomsbury, 2015), and most recently Searching for the Anthropocene: A Journey into the Environmental Humanities (Bloomsbury, 2019). He is co-editor of Bloomsbury's Object Lessons, an ongoing series of short books on the hidden lives of ordinary things. 

Naeem Mohaiemen imagines rhizomatic families, malleable borders, and socialist utopias, beginning with Bangladesh’s two postcolonial markers—1947 and 1971—and radiating outwards to unlikely transnational alliances. The idea of a future global left, against current categories of race and religion, drives the work. He is author of Midnight’s Third Child (Nokta, forthcoming) and Prisoners of Shothik Itihash (Kunsthalle Basel, 2014), editor of Chittagong Hill Tracts in the Blind Spot of Bangladesh Nationalism (Drishtipat, 2010), and co-editor with Eszter Szakacs of Solidarity Must Be Defended (Tranzit, forthcoming) and with Lorenzo Fusi of System Error: War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning (Sylvana, 2007).

Sarinah Masukor is a writer living in Sydney on Wangal land. She writes on contemporary art and film and works as a screenwriter.