Saturday, January 26, 2008

Islamic Art Conference


Day 1 (October 16, 2008)
Theme: “Out of Late Antiquity”
Keynote speaker: Alan Walmsley, University of

Session 1.1
Session Leader: Alastair Northedge,
Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Session Topic: “The relationship of
Archaeology and Art at the beginning of Islam”

Session 1.2
Session Leader: Jonathan M. Bloom, Boston
College/ Virginia Commonwealth University
Session Topic: “Fatimid art.”

Session 1.3
Session Leader: Heather Ecker, Detroit
Institute of Arts
Session Topic: “Messianism, Kingship and
Sacred Cities in the Islamic World”

Workshop I: On Qur’ans and Codicology led by François
Déroche, Biblioth`eque Nationale, Paris

Day 2 (October 17, 2008)

Theme: “‘Unity and Variety’ Once More: Time, Place,
Keynote Speaker: Gülrü Necipoglu, Harvard University

Session 2.1
Session Leader: Linda Komaroff, Los
Angeles County Museum of Art
Session topic: “Pushing the Boundaries of
the Iranian World: Theme; Medium; Dynasty(ies);

Session 2.2
Session Leader: Barry Flood, IFA/NYU
Session Topic: “Unity in Diversity?
Circulation, Stasis and the Canon”

Session 2.3
Session Leader: D. Fairchild Ruggles,
University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign
Session Topic: “Women and Patronage”

Workshop II: On Reading Urban Fabric led by Attilio
Petruccioli, Bari Polytechnic

Day 3 (October 18, 2008)
Theme: “Confronting Modernity”
Keynote Speaker: Glenn Lowry, Museum of Modern Art

Sessions 3.1
Session Leaders: Massumeh Farhad,
Freer/Sackler Galleries and David J. Roxburgh, Harvard
Session Topic: “Museums, Exhibitions, and
Collections in Historical Perspective"

Session 3.2
Session Leader: TBA
Session Topic: On Conservation and
Cultural Policies

Session 3.3
Session Leader: Nasser Rabbat, MIT
Session Topic: “How to Study Contemporary
Islamic Art and Architecture”


On Iranian Cinema led by Hamid Dabashi,
Columbia University

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