Other Programs and Events

Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting
Panel: Imagining Death and the Afterlife in the, Middle East (c. 500-1800 CE)

Washington, DC, November 22-25, 2014
Panel deadline: January 15, 2014
Email: pblessin@stanford.edu
http://www.mesa.arizona.edu/annual-meeting/call-for-papers.html

Language, Science and Aesthetics – Articulations of Subjectivity and Objectivity in the Modern Middle East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia
September 11-19, 2014
Orient-Institut Beirut, with the Max Weber Foundation and Forum Transregionale Studien

10th Annual Symposium of the Ernst Herzfeld Gesellschaft: Islamic Archaeology, Material Culture, and Art History
July 3-6, 2014
Asien Afrika Institut of Universtät Hamburg
Stefan.heidemann@uni-hamburg.de
Simon.gundelfinger@uni-hamburg.de
Language, Science and Aesthetics – Articulations of Subjectivity and Objectivity in the Modern Middle East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia
September 11-19, 2014
Orient-Institut Beirut, with the Max Weber Foundation and Forum Transregionale Studien
New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future
September 10 –September 14, 2014
Los Angeles, California
http://textilesocietyofamerica.org/tsa_symposium/symposia-2014/
The theme of the Symposium, New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future, explores change and innovation in textiles in the past while looking at the state of the field of textiles, textile study, production and creativity, today and for the future. Where have we been and where are we going? What are the moments that encapsulate change? What are the shifts in direction for cultures, technology, creativity and knowledge? And how do these shifts effect our understanding of textiles? The program includes two full days of multiple concurrent sessions on the UCLA campus and a full day of plenary sessions at LACMA on Saturday. In addition to the sessions, there will be receptions, special exhibitions, an awards ceremony, and a series of dynamic pre- and post-conference workshops and study tours to local and regional art institutions, collections, and artist studios.
The Tenth Islamic Manuscript Association Conference: Manuscripts and Conflict
August 31 - September 2, 2014
Additional Programme, September 3 2014
Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, UK
http://www.islamicmanuscript.org/annualconference/2014conference/programme.aspx

The Tenth Islamic Manuscript Conference will be an occasion to reflect on progress in conservation, preservation, cataloguing, digitisation and research relating to Islamic manuscripts and manuscript collections during the decade since the founding of the Association, and to look ahead to anticipated developments in these fields over the next ten years. The conference’s special theme — Manuscripts and Conflict — will also constitute a timely opportunity to consider the above subject areas within the intensifying contexts of acute social and political instability or military conflict. Invited keynote speakers, round table sessions, poster presentations and workshops will promote active participation in a cutting-edge discussion of these subjects.
Study Programme in the Collecting and Display of Islamic Art
Beginning September 2014
Leighton House, London
For further information please contact islamic@iesa.edu
IESA (The Institut d’Etudes Supérieures des Arts) offers a new course on the collecting and display of islamic art from the medieval period to the contemporary art market organised in partnership with Leighton house. Intended for anyone with an interest in Islamic art, our study programme in Collecting and Display of Islamic Art covers three separate but interconnected themes in a series of day-long lectures, which can be taken independently or for credit (Postgraduate Diploma, The Institut d’Etudes Supérieures des Arts). Set in the surroundings of Leighton House, created at the end of the 19th century as an exotic and marvellous recreation of an Islamic palace, these courses explore the inter-relationships between East and West from different perspectives. The lectures are given by a range of experts in Islamic art and culture, art historians, museum curators and professionals in the art world.
10th Annual Symposium of the Ernst Herzfeld Gesellschaft: Islamic Archaeology, Material Culture, and Art History
July 3-6, 2014
Asien Afrika Institut of Universtät Hamburg
Stefan.heidemann@uni-hamburg.de
Simon.gundelfinger@uni-hamburg.de
Buildings and the Body: Exploring Living and Building in the Medieval and Early Modern World
June 27-28, 2014
University of Southampton
http://buildingsandthebody.wordpress.com/
José Miguel Puerta Vílchez
Qurtuba/Córdoba: Monumentality and artistic sensibility in al-Andalus

June 19, 2014, 7pm
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
asia.events@vam.ac.uk

The patronage of the Umayyad caliphs of al-Andalus (Muslim-ruled Spain) created one of the highpoints of classical Islam. The splendour of their court culture outshone the rest of Europe in the 10th century. Exceptional objects and buildings survive as bearers of a deep artisanal wisdom, profoundly significant on a conceptual and iconographic level. This lecture will focus on the high level of aesthetic self-awareness in the contemporary Arabic sources and among the masters, patrons and craftsmen of these works of art. José Miguel Puerta Vílchez is Professor of the Theory and History of Islamic Art and Architecture at the University of Granada. The lecture will be introduced by Eduardo López Busquets, Director General of Casa Árabe. Please note this lecture will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation. This lecture is organised in collaboration with Casa Árabe.
The Mamluk Sultanate from the Perspective of Regional and World History: Economic, Social and Cultural Development in an Era of Increasing International Interaction and Competition
June 11-16, 2014
Hebrew University, Jerusalem
http://www.mamluk.uni-bonn.de/program.conference.-jerusalemii.pdf