Other Programs and Events

Textiles Close Up: Islamic Textiles at the Cleveland Museum of Art
April 25, 2014

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

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
Symposium: Converging on the Object: The Courtauld Metal Bag
May 10, 2014
The Courtauld Institute of Art, Kenneth Clark Lecture Hall

Converging on the Object: The Courtauld Metal Bag symposium is part of the Research Forum programming at the Courtauld Institute of Art and takes place toward the closing of the Courtauld Gallery of Art’s exhibition Court and Craft: A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq, 20 February - 18 May 2014The Courtauld metal bag directs our attention to its materiality, the way it was made and the manner in which it connects a historical past to a vibrant visual present. It directs our attention to broad cultural geographies asking us to consider it through diverse scholarly and artistic disciplinary fields. The symposium Converging on the Object: the Courtauld metal bag brings together speakers who will reflect on their close study of the object itself and who will consider the evidence of transcultural thinking in the time and place of the bag’s making: the post-Mongol period of the Il-Khanid court culture in the early 14th-century Iran and Iraq. Papers on trade, material culture, food, fashions, art and social habits, belief systems, cultural and political circumstances of patronage are lenses through which we come to reflect on aspects of the cultural lives of the people of Damascus, Mosul, Baghdad and Tabriz — major urban centers during the reign of the Il-khanids and their neighbors in the Eastern Mediterranean — as well as on the links with their Yuan-Mongol contemporaries in China. Organised by Dr. Sussan Babaie (The Courtauld Institute of Art).
Workshop: “Orient und Moderne”
May 8-9, 2014
Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz

In artistic circles in the early twentieth century, the idea of the Orient was strongly associated with colonial exhibitions and the academic Orientalist painting of artists such as Jean-Léon Gérôme. Although modern architects and artists sought to distance their work from official government architecture and art, many nevertheless
traveled to the diverse regions that comprise the so-called Orient. Even those who remained home often drew inspiration from what they categorized as “Oriental” arts and from the long tradition of Orientalism in European art and culture. Participants in the workshop “Orient und Moderne” at the Department of Art History at the Johannes
Gutenberg-University of Mainz will analyze how conceptions of the Orient changed during the first half of the twentieth century. The aim is to gain a better understanding of what at first seems to be modernists’ belated engagement with this theme. Along these lines, one of the workshop’s central questions will be how World War I changed
modern architects’ and artists’ ideas of the Orient. The workshop is organized into three thematic sections that are also roughly chronological. Participants will examine reevaluations of “Oriental” architecture and art, the idea of the Orient in modern
painting of the interwar period, and the ways architects and artists from the so-called Orient engaged with and adapted modernism. The keynote lecture and workshop are free and open to the public. Please R.S.V.P. by e-mail to the organizer, Dr. Sarah McGavran: smcgavra@uni-mainz.de
Emotion and Subjectivity in the art and architecture of early modern Muslim Empires
May 1-2, 2014
History of Art Department, Yale University

The interconnected histories of the Persophone empires of the early modern Muslim world have been a subject of historical inquiry for several years. Works of art and architecture served to both unify these diverse and multi-confessional sites, as well as to distinguish them. The 15th century onward is often defined by new subjectivities in the literary and visual arts, from the composition of autobiographies to an emphasis on verisimilitude and portraiture. New technologies affected architectural production, and a broadening social sphere changed the way in which urban spaces were described and experienced. This symposium builds on the comparative framework of earlier studies, to focus on the themes of expression and emotion, as forms of artistic agency in the early modern Muslim world. They may be seen in the rise in status of architects, the self-fashioning of artists, the development of public spaces, as well as new literary genres that focus on the individual subject and his or her place in the world. How do the arts participate in the changing subjectivities wrought by early modernity? What formal or aesthetic devices come together to represent the knowledge conveyed through travel and contact? Can one look to Europe and China for clues to understanding the political and intellectual trends that gave rise to new forms of urbanism, architecture, and the visual arts? The goal of this two-day symposium is to invite scholars of early modern Muslim empires to speculate on these issues, and to provide a forum for conversation through diverse, but interconnected media and histories.

For more information, please contact, Ms. Lora LeMosy, Council of Middle East Studies, Yale University, lora.lemosy@yale.edu
Workshop - Court and Craft, Study day at The Courtauld
May 3, 2014
The Courtauld Institute of Art

The Courtauld Gallery’s inlaid metalwork bag is a splendid example of the wide range of exquisite luxury objects that were made, early in the 14th century, in the great trading city of Mosul, in northern Iraq. The area was ruled by the powerful Mongol dynasty of the Il-Khanids, and our speakers will explore their decisive patronage of the arts, their cosmopolitan court culture, and the status and influence of their noblewomen.
Our speakers are exhibition curator Rachel Ward (independent scholar), Charles Melville (Professor of Persian History, University of Cambridge), Oliver Watson (I.M. Pei Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, University of Oxford), and Mehreen Chida-Razvi (Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London). Spaces limited, booking essential: short.courses@courtauld.ac.uk; +44 (0)20 7848 2678.