We are pleased to announce the results of the association’s recent election for two Executive Board officers. Sussan Babaie, The Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London, has been elected President-elect and Abigail Balbale, Bard Graduate Center in New York, elected Secretary. Their three-year terms will begin in January 2014, when Ladan Akbarnia will step down as Secretary and Sheila Canby will succeed Shreve Simpson as President. The official “change over” of these Board members will take place at our 2014 Members and Business meeting on 14 February 2014, in conjunction with the annual conference of the College Art Association in Chicago. Further details about that meeting will be posted in due course. We look forward to seeing everyone there!
Meanwhile, we are grateful to Marika Sardar and Sinem Arcak for their willingness to stand for election and to Heghnar Watenpaugh, chair of the 2013 Nominating Committee, and to her fellow committee members Stefan Heidemann and Nancy Um for forming such an impressive slate of candidates.
Plans continue to develop for HIAA’s Fourth Biennial Symposium, to be held at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, 16-18 October 2014. The Symposium’s overarching theme is “Forms of Knowledge and Cultures of Learning in Islamic Art.” We expect the preliminary program and registration information to be available during the first quarter of 2014.
Fund-raising continues for the Oleg Grabar Memorial Fund in support of HIAA’s program of Grabar Grants and Fellowships. In addition to over $175,000 in leadership gifts, we now have received close to $22,000 at other donation levels. Our deepest appreciation to those HIAA members and friends who have contributed thus far! We now invite you to join this continuing development effort and to become a donor to the Oleg Grabar Memorial Fund. Your donation will both strengthen this permanent fund designed to extend Professor Grabar’s great scholarly legacy and help encourage and further the professional development of graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in all areas of the history of Islamic art, architecture and archaeology. For complete details, please click here. Major donors to HIAA and the Oleg Grabar Memorial Fund can be found in ‘Sponsors’ below the tab ‘About’ at the top of this page.
Your general support, too, is essential for the continuation and expansion of HIAA’s mission and programs, including the biennial symposium series. Our membership dues remain modest in comparison with other professional organizations. Please click on the Donate button below to make an additional donation so that HIAA can grow and flourish in 2013 and beyond!
|Mariannna Shreve Simpson |