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October 08, 2008

University of Pennsylvania - Space & Visions Symposium on Islamic Art


October 16 - 18, 2008
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

A symposium exploring the manifold issues facing the discipline of Islamic art today. From archaeology to cinema studies, all aspects of the visual culture of the Islamic world are included within its purview. The symposium is intended as the inauguration of a biennial cycle of meetings within the field of Islamic art history in order to reflect its growth, to support its expanding methodological, regional, and temporal scope, and to give HIAA greater visibility internationally as the leading organization for historians of Islamic art, architecture and archaeology. This gathering will bring together papers from more than fifty senior and younger scholars of Islamic Art History as well as related fields such as architecture, archaeology and cinema studies, among others.

The first day, "Out of Late Antiquity," takes up the field's formative emphasis on early Islamic art, a field remade in recent years through continued archaeological investigations and critically informed readings of the historical sources. The second day, "'Unity and Variety' Once More: Time, Place, Material", examines the field's definitive shift since the late 1970s to regional, dynastic, and media based inquiries. The third day, "Confronting Modernity", addresses the extension of the field into the modern and contemporary periods, and emerging debates about their study.

Registration fee:
Regular member $30
Students member $15
Non-member $40

To download the registration form, visit http://www.arthistory.upenn.edu/HIAA/registration.html

Yael Rice
email: yrice@sas.upenn.edu
phone: (215) 898 8714
fax: (215) 573 2210

Posted by kpfister at October 8, 2008 11:24 AM

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