Note from the Secretary, August 2020

Dear HIAA colleagues,

I hope that despite the various restrictions and uncertainties we are all contending with, you are all well. 

As you can see from Kishwar’s letter, the Board has been busy planning ways in which to keep our HIAA community connected through this pandemic and to respond actively to systemic injustice and racism within the academy and Islamic art history. Your comments, feedback, and participation are crucial in pushing our initiatives forward. I would especially highlight our addition of a graduate student representative to the board as an important step and would encourage students to apply by the September 1 deadline.

In the coming months, we hope to add more content for members. This will include a census of academic and curatorial positions in Islamic art conducted and compiled by the previous HIAA secretary, Amanda Phillips. As we go forward, the census will continue to be updated every three years to be a useful resource for members.

A very important issue with regards to our records is member emails, which are sometimes out of date. Emails are especially important for official communications from the board. Please make sure to update your information on the website and help us maintain accurate records in the member directory.

Finally, a quick reminder to renew your membership and to encourage others to join HIAA, especially students and junior scholars. The website allows for automatic renewals, which has made it significantly easier to maintain active membership.

I look forward to hearing from all of you.

Thank you for your support of HIAA.

Fatima Quraishi

Secretary, HIAA