Tuesday, August 17, 2010

HIAA SYMPOSIUM, 21-23 October 2010

HIAA SYMPOSIUM, 21-23 October 2010

The Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) is pleased to
announce that its Second Biennial Symposium will be held at the Freer
and Sackler Galleries in Washington, D.C., 21-23 October 2010. The
overall symposium theme is "Objects, Collections and Cultures," and
the program features an opening address by Julian Raby, director of
the Freer and Sackler Galleries; a round-table discussion on the role
of objects in the study of Islamic art and culture; six seminar-style
workshops on works of art in the Freer and Sackler collections; and
seven thematic panels with formal presentations. The symposium is
open to the scholarly community and the general public. The full
program and registration form are now available on the HIAA website:

In addition to the renowned collection of Islamic art on view in the
Freer Gallery of Art, symposium participants will have the
opportunity to enjoy two special exhibitions: “The Shahnama: 1000
Years of the Persian Book of Kings” at the Arthur M. Sackler
Gallery, and “Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats,” at The
Textile Museum, also in Washington.

ICMA members also may wish to know that ICMA has organized and
sponsored a thematic panel entitled “Objects on the Borders of
Islamic Art,” and that Larry Nees will lead a workshop on “A
Silver Stand with Four Eagles.” Please note that space at this, and
the other workshops, is limited, and attendance will be on a
first-come (i.e., first sign-up), first-served basis. So register

We look forward to seeing you at our Second Biennial Symposium in
Washington this fall!

For the symposium program committee:
Massumeh Farhad, Chief Curator and Curator of Islamic Art, Freer and
Sackler Galleries
Marianna Shreve Simpson, President-elect, Historians of Islamic Art

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