Rico Franses was for many years Founding Director of the University Art Galleries and Collections at the American University of Beirut. He has also held teaching positions at The Australian National University (Canberra), Pratt Institute (New York), and a fellowship at Harvard University. He has a BA in Philosophy (McGill University, Montreal), an MA in Art History (McGill) and a PhD in Art History (Courtauld Institute of Art, London). Among his publications are a book, Donor Portraits in Byzantine Art. On the Vicissitudes of Contact between Human and Divine (Cambridge University Press, 2018), and several articles including “Lacan and Byzantium. In the Beginning was the Image”, "The Deleuzian Spatiality of Byzantine Art", and “Untime in the Unconscious. On the Dislocations of Time in Freud, Lacan, Laurie Anderson and Walid Sadek”.