HIAA Symposium at MFAH & Rice | Program

Ewer
Ewer, Iran, AH 1016 / 1607–1608, brass; cast, engraved, and inlaid with black compound, The Hossein Afshar Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Program


Thursday, March 2, 2023
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

4:45-5:00p

Welcome
Welcome Remarks
Aimée Froom, Curator, Art of the Islamic Worlds, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Farshid Emami, Assistant Professor, Rice University; Emine Fetvacı, Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor in Islamic and Asian Art, Boston College, and President-Elect, Historians of Islamic Art Association; and Kishwar Rizvi, Robert Lehman Professor in the History of Art and Architecture, Yale University, and President, Historians of Islamic Art Association

5:00-6:30p

Keynote
Lecture

Introduction by by Aimée Froom, Curator, Art of the Islamic Worlds, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Lisa Balabanlilar, Joseph and Joanna Nazro Mullen Professor in the Humanities; Chair, Department of Transnational Asian Studies; Director, Chao Center for Asian Studies; Professor of History, Rice University

6:30-8:00p

RECEPTION


Friday, March 3, 2023
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

8:15-8:30a

Welcome
Welcome Remarks
Aimée Froom, Curator, Art of the Islamic Worlds, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Farshid Emami, Assistant Professor, Rice University; Emine Fetvacı, Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor in Islamic and Asian Art, Boston College, and President-Elect, Historians of Islamic Art Association; and Kishwar Rizvi, Robert Lehman Professor in the History of Art and Architecture, Yale University, and President, Historians of Islamic Art Association

8:30-10:30a

Panel
(Re-)Activating Architectural Interiors in the Museum

Linda Komaroff, Curator and Department Head, Art of the Midle East, LACMA
A Damscus Room in Los Angeles

Anke Scharrahs, Conservator
'Damascus Rooms' in Dresden and Doha: Multifunctional Architectural Spaces in Museum Displays

Anna McSweeney, Lecturer, Trinity College, Dublin
Displaying the Alhambra Cupola in Berlin

Mariam Rosser-Owen, Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Torrijos Ceiling at V&A East

Discussant: Julia Gonnella, Director, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

Panel Organizers: Mariam Rosser-Owen, Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and Anna McSweeney, Lecturer, Trinity College, Dublin

10:30-11:00a

BREAK

11:00a-1:00p

Panel
Transculturality and Intertextuality

Xinyu Liang, Ph.D. Student, Rice University
Faith and Integration: Taiyuan Ancient Mosque and Chinese Muslims' Settlement in Heartland China

Amanda Caterina Leong, Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Merced
Re-thinking Medieval Race and Female Javānmardī in the Illustrated Manuscripts of Khvaju Kirmani’s Khamsa and the Kitab-i Samak ‘Ayyar

Yagnaseni Datta, Ph.D. Candidate, Yale University
From Monster to Mendicant: Transformative Philosophy in the Paintings of the Mughal Jūg Bāsisht, c. 1602

Janet O'Brien, Independent Scholar
Framing Nādir Shāh’s Indian Portraits in a British Colonial Narrative

Michael A. Lally, Ph.D. Candidate, Temple University
Kanga, Kitenge, and Batik: Object Biography, Materiality, and Form in Nineteenth-Century Textiles in East Africa

Discussant: Lisa Balabanlilar, Joseph and Joanna Nazro Mullen Professor in the Humanities; Chair, Department of Transnational Asian Studies; Director, Chao Center for Asian Studies; Professor of History, Rice University

1:00-2:30p

LUNCH BREAK

Special Presentation for Speakers and Discussants
Jake Benson, Ph.D. Candidate, Leiden University
Preferring the Prefabricated: Recognizing the Role of the Stationary Trade in Islamicate Manuscript Production

2:30-4:30p

Panel
Intersections of Race and Gender in Islamic Art and Visual Culture

Sandra S. Williams, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Gender Conceal and Reveal in Pre-Modern Persianate Painting

Mika Natif, Associate Professor, George Washington University
"In the Name of the Mothers": Postpartum Scenes as Female Genealogies in Mughal India

Yasemin Gencer, Instructor, Wayne State University, and Affiliate Scholar, Indiana University's Institute for Advanced Study
Framed: Image and Race in the Early Turkish Republican Press

Christiane Gruber, Professor of Islamic Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
"Do-For-Self": The Visual Culture of the Nation of Islam

Discussant: Nancy Micklewright, Research Associate, Smithsonian

Panel Organizers: Christiane Gruber, Professor of Islamic Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Holley Ledbetter, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

4:30-5:00p

BREAK

5:00-7:00p

Panel
Reconstructing Sense and Sensibilities from Museum Collections

Arvin Maghsoudlou, Ph.D. Candidate, Southern Methodist University
Rethinking Context in the Study of Precious Metalwork from Iranian Late Antiquity

Michelle Al-Ferzly, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Sense and Sensuality: Early Islamic Dining-Ware and the Museum

Rebecca Wrightson, Postdoctoral Fellow, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
The Other Half: Reconstructing the Context of Epigraphic Ceramics in the Early Islamic World

Jenny Peruski, Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University
Portal Patinas: Reconsidering Practices of Collection and Display in Three Carved Doors from Zanzibar

Discussant: Linda Komaroff, Curator and Department Head, Art of the Middle East, LACMA


Saturday, March 4, 2023
Rice University

8:15-8:30a

Welcome
Welcome Remarks
Farshid Emami, Assistant Professor, Rice University

8:30-10:30a

Panel
Space, Text, and Image: An Architecture of Memory

Hiba Abid, Faculty Fellow, NYU/Silsila: Center for Material Histories
A Muslim Conception of Memory in the Arts of the Book? Color and Illuminated Forms in North African Manuscripts

Mounia Chekhab-Abudaya, Senior Curator, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha
Mnemotechnics of Images in Pilgrimage Certificates and Manuals: A Codified Mental Visualization of the Holy Sites

Nur Sobers-Khan, Director, Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT
South Asian Shrine as Heterotopia: The Sensoria and Sacred Landscapes of Sehwan, Bhit Shah, and Bib Pak Daman

Işın Taylan, Ph.D. Candidate, Yale University
Between Art and Science: Geographical Images in the Maʿrifetnāme

Fahimeh Ghorbani, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Toronto
Quranic Writing Boards, Mnemonic Devices in Islamic Educational Setting of Sub-Saharan Africa

Discussant: Nur Sobers-Khan, Director, Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT

Panel Organizers: Hiba Abid, Faculty Fellow, NYU/Silsila: Center for Material Histories

10:30-11:00a

BREAK

11:00a-1:00p

Panel
Architecture, Landscape and the Vernacular

Irem Gunduz-Polat, Ph.D. Candidate, Marmara University, Istanbul
Religious and Political Contexts Entangled: The Construction of the Mevlevi Lodge in Edirne

Sahar Hosseini, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Looking From and Through the River: A Different Perspective on Seventeenth-Century Developments of Isfahan

Mohamed Ahmed Enab, Assistant Professor, Fayoum University
Zaydī Shiit Inscriptions on the Religious Ottoman Buildings in Yemen and its Connotations

Angela Andersen, Fellow, Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, University of Victoria, and Adjunct Faculty, University of Victoria
Contextualizing the Vernacular in Islamic Art: No Waqf, No Patron, No Architect, No Building

Parshati Dutta, Postgraduate Researcher, University of York
A Royal Caravanserai in a Refugee Crisis: Reconstructing the Mughal Sarai of Amanat Khan in the Context of Post-Partition India

Discussant: Abbey Stockstill, Assistant Professor, Southern Methodist University

1:00-2:00p

LUNCH BREAK

2:00-4:00p

Panel
Expanding Contexts for Islamic Art in the Americas

Alex Dika Seggerman, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University-Newark
Art Histories of Antebellum American Islam

Ashely Dimmig, Crossman Gallery Director, Department of Art and Design, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Localizing Islam at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

Olivia Clemens, Ph.D. Candidate, Columbia University
Domesticating the Alhambra: The 'Moorish' Craze in the United States from Washington Irving to Sears Roebuck

Caroline Olivia Wolf, Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago
Building Modernism in the Mahjar: Art and Architectural Patronage of the Syrian-Lebanese Diaspora in Northwest Argentina

Discussant: Emily Neumeier, Assistant Professor, Temple University

Panel Organizer: Ashley Dimmig, Crossman Gallery Director, Department of Art and Design, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

4:00-4:30p

BREAK

4:30-6:30p

Panel
Re-imaging Surface and Context with Digital Tools

Patricia Blessing, Assistant Professor, Princeton University
Reimagining Royal Space: The Qilij Arslan II Kiosk in Konya and its Lost Interior

Elena Paskaleva, Assistant Professor, Leiden University
The China Pavilion (chīnīkhāna) of Ulugh Beg in Samarqand

Margaret Squires, Ph.D. Candidate, Courtauld Institute of Art
From Silk and Silver to Brick and Mortar: "Polonaise' Carpets and Transmediality in the 'Ali Qapu Palace'

Sarah Tabbal, Posdoctoral Researcher, Vitrocentre Romont, Switzerland
Islamic Stucco Glass Windows in their Contexts: Orientalist Paintings and Photographs as Historical Sources

Discussant: Heather Ecker, Independent Scholar and Curator

6:30-6:45p

Presentation
Closing Remarks

Emine Fetvacı, Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor in Islamic and Asian Art, Boston College, and President-Elect, Historians of Islamic Art Association

6:45-8:00p

Reception