The Bodhi Tree and the Orchid: A Symposium in Honor of Catherine B. Asher and Frederick M. Asher
We invite you to attend "The Bodhi Tree and the Orchid: A Symposium in Honor of Catherine B. Asher and Frederick M. Asher" to be held in Chicago Illinois on February 15, 2014, in conjunction with the College Art Association meetings.
The day-long symposium will include art and architectural history of the Islamic world and South Asia, spanning the 15th century to the present. (See below for the program; abstracts of the papers are available on the website.) Participants include many of those who benefited from the Ashers' generous and collaborative teaching and mentorship; we hope those of you who join us can add your voices to the celebratory conversation, both during the day and at dinner that evening.
Please save the date, and check our website, http://ashers2014.wordpress.com/
for the symposium program, updates, and registration information as the date comes closer. We look forward to celebrating the Ashers' vibrant and on-going careers, and hope to see many of you next February in Chicago.
God Is the Light of the Heavens and the Earth: Light in Islamic Art and Culture
5th Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art
November 9-11, 2013
God Is the Light of the Heavens and the Earth is a 3-day Symposium to be held at the historic Palazzo Steri in Palermo, Italy. The keynote address, Contemporary Islamic Art, will be given by the acclaimed visual artist Shirin Neshat. The twelve speakers are all leading scholars in Islamic art and architecture in the United States, Europe and the Middle East; their presentations will investigate the topic of light from a wide range of perspectives, from the imagery of light in the Qur'an and in the literatures of the Islamic lands to light's role in buildings, paintings, and other works of art. Speakers include Ali Behdad, Barbara Brend, Anna Contadini, William Graham, Robert Hillenbrand, Renata Holod, Abdallah Kahil, Hakan Karateke, Elaheh Kheirandish, Susan Stronge, Wheeler Thackston and Oliver Watson.
God Is the Light of the Heavens and the Earth is the fifth biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art, sponsored by Virginia Commonwealth School of the Arts, VCUQatar and the Qatar Foundation. Symposia were held in 2004 in Richmond, Virginia, in 2007 and in 2011 in Doha, Qatar and in 2009 in Cordoba, Spain. Since 2007, the proceedings of each Symposium are published by Yale University Press. Registration for God Is the Light of the Heavens and the Earth is free and open to the public; advance registration is suggested as space is limited.
For more information, and to register, visit www.islamicartdoha.org.
On Likeness and Difference: Modern Art of the Middle East and the Confines of Modernism
American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA) 16th Biennial Symposium
We are pleased to announce that the American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA) will hold its sixteenth biennial meeting. The program is a full one, and includes individual papers reflecting current directions of scholarship in South and Southeast
Asian art, and chaired thematic panels proposed to reflect on broader topics, research
questions, or theoretical positions. We anticipate that this combination of formats, and the mix of younger and senior scholars, will produce a very stimulating event.
University of California, Los Angeles
November 7-10, 2013
Third Annual Conference of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Turkey and Iran
The third annual AMCA conference seeks to problematize the comparative method with which the paradigm of modernism approaches modern art of
the Middle East.
October 18-19, 2013
Kevorkian Center, NYU/NYU Abu Dhabi
Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies: Multiplicity of Oriental Bookmaking Traditions and Conservation
The field of book history and the archaeology of Oriental manuscripts is only just developing. It is therefore not surprising that the various traditions were first distinguished by typifying each tradition as an archetype. As a consequence, there now seems to be a tendency to talk about the Syriac bookbinding method or the Byzantine tradition, whereas these separate traditions display a multitude of techniques and structures. It is important to be aware of and understand the heterogeneity within the various Oriental manuscript traditions, especially for conservators responsible for the preservation of these manuscripts.
This final workshop of Team 5 focuses on the varieties encountered in the diverse Oriental traditions and aims to relate these to specific conservation issues. The workshop aims to define avenues for further research on the subject, which is evidently required.
October 9-10, 2013
India: Treasures of the Deccan
A cultural melting pot, the Deccan lies on the great plateau of south-central India where for centuries disparate styles have blended, from ancient Hindu and Buddhist to medieval Islamic; with ideas and motifs coming from traders from Persia, central Asia and Abyssinia. These lectures by George Michell will span a period of 1000 years, and treat audiences to a fabulous visual tour of the region. They will appeal to academics, artists, architects, travellers and the culturally curious wishing to explore this vast nation in depth. George Michell, renowned authority on Indian architecture and art, conducted much of his research over 20 years at sites in the Deccan. Whilst the lectures are free and no booking is required, they are expected to be popular and people should arrive early to be assured seating.
SOAS, London, UK
2, 9, 16 and 23 October, 2013.
7:00 - 8:15 p.m.
Location: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG
Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800
International scholars explore the impact of the burgeoning textile trade in the early modern period, focusing on specific aspects of how trade textiles influenced global economics, social history, and design aesthetics. This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800. This symposium is made possible in part by the Clara Lloyd-Smith Weber Fund.
Friday, October 4, 2013
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
In the line of Great Domes: The Mausoleum of Oljeytu in Sultaniyya, Iran (1306-1313)
Saturday, September 28
10AM - 4PM
JAFFE BLDG, 34th and Walnut
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
This workshop will explore the details of the structural achievement, and decorative and epigraphic programs of the commemorative complex of the Ikhanid ruler, Oljeytu. Participants in the workshop include: Marco Brambilla, Sheila Blair, Eleanor Sims, Nancy Steinhardt, Renata Holod, Robert Ousterhout, Lothar Haselberger, Jonathan Bloom.
To register for workshop (with lunch,) contact:
Renata Holod email@example.com