Tag: Islamic Art

Job | Lecturer in Islamic Art | University of Sydney

Deadline 7th March 2018 Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, School of Literature, Art & Media, Department of Art History Contribute to the well-respected teaching programs in Art History Benefit from working in a collegial team environment in a major growth area for the Department and Faculty Continuing, full-time position; remuneration package: $120K to $143K which includes salary, leaving loading and up to 17% super About the opportunity The Department of Art History at the University of Sydney invites applications for a full-time, continuing position in the arts, architecture and/or material culture of the Islamic world. Area and period of specialisation are open, but candidates whose work complements existing departmental strengths in the early modern world (ca. 1400-1900) and who demonstrate engagement with global, transcultural, and transregional currents in the discipline are especially welcome. The department is particularly interested in…

Online Resource | Back Issues of Ars Orientalis now available online

Thanks to a digitization effort made possible with help from Smithsonian Libraries and the Internet Archive, Ars Orientalis volumes 1 to 41 are now available to read online, free of charge. See the website here to browse the archive. About Ars Orientalis Ars Orientalis is a joint publication of the Freer Gallery of Art and University of Michigan’s History of Art Department. The journal is published annually and inldes peer-reviewed articles, as well as reviews of books on teh art and archaeology of Asia, the ancient Near-East, and the Islamic world. The journal is a collection of scholarship that crosses academic disciplines and aims to connect researchers, institutions, and ideas using one central theme per volume. The journal originated from the ideals of two visionary men: Charles Lang Freer, the Detroit industrialist who donated the art collection that formed the Freer Gallery…

Lecture Series | The Silk Route in History

The State Library and ASA Cultural Tours (Australians Studying Abroad) are presenting a series of illustrated lectures that explore the diverse economic, political, ethnic, religious, architectural and artistic interactions throughout the Silk Route. The Silk Route – also known as the Silk Road – played a vital role in world history as an economic network. It was also an important zone where diverse peoples and their beliefs and cultures interacted. These lectures address the Silk Route’s history over millennia as well as its present role in the post-Soviet republics and the burgeoning powerhouse of China. Dates Sunday 20 October 2013, 1:00pm – 2:00pm Sunday 20 October 2013, 2:30pm – 3:30pm Sunday 27 October 2013, 1:00pm – 2:00pm Sunday 27 October 2013, 2:30pm – 3:30pm Saturday 30 November 2013, 1:00pm – 2:00pm Saturday 30 November 2013, 2:30pm – 3:30pm Venue: Village Roadshow…

Lecture | The Science and Art of Manuscripts

Hosted by the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies Professor Amir Zekrgoo | A 17th century Illustrated Manuscript of Shahnameh: An Analytical Study Shahnameh, “The Book of Kings”, is the Iranian national epic that was composed in the late 10th century CE by the Iranian poet Abu al-Qasim Ferdowsi. This lecture presents analytical research on an outstanding historical illustrated manuscript of Shahnameh, dated 1021 AH (1612-1613 CE), preserved in the collection of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization, International Islamic University, Malaysia. Professor Amir Zekrgoo is an artist, art historian and Indologist. He has to his credit several books and over a hundred journal articles in English, Persian and Urdu. He is presently professor of Islamic and Oriental Arts at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization, International Islamic University, Malaysia. Associate…

Public Talk | Beyond Love & Devotion: Exhibiting and Engaging with the Past

Beyond Love & Devotion: Exhibiting & Engaging with the Past How effective are exhibitions in presenting the culturally unfamiliar? Shane Carmody, Director of Development at the State Library of Victoria will consider the Love & Devotion: From Persia & Beyond exhibition as it draws to a close highlighting how & why the Library created the exhibition and the associated public programs. Dr Kate Brittlebank (Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Monash University) will reflect on the public and media responses to the exhibition and her own response to the value of such an exhibition, as a teacher of pre-modern Asian history and specialist in pre-modern Islamic South Asia. The discussion will be chaired by Professor Constant Mews, Director, Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology and a medievalist, teaching at Monash University. Love & Devotion: From Persia & Beyond Exhibition www.love-and-devotion.com This…

Panel Discussion | Text & Culture: Preserving Tangible & Intangible Persian Cultural Heritage

Text & Culture: Preserving Tangible & Intangible Persian Cultural Heritage A Free Panel Discussion at the University of Melbourne The Persian manuscript tradition has continued for centuries through the great authors Firdausi, Omar Khayyam, ‘Attar, Maulana Jalal al-Din Rumi, Sa’di, Hafiz and Jami. These writings of universal themes transcend time and place and through this engage modern audiences as they did during their authors’ lifetimes. Preservation of the physical texts allows us to engage with the material and explore a people’s cultural identity. Upon further examination of the material components contained within the manuscripts we can uncover clues about the community in which the manuscripts once sat and better understand their cultural practice. Through greater understanding and conversations like this panel, our cultural understanding can deepen and provide opportunities for engagement with the wider community. Dr Mammad Aidani teaches and conducts…

Exhibition | Opening Day for ‘Love and Devotion: from Persia and Beyond’

Opening day celebration: Love and devotion Date: Friday 9 March 2012, 11:00am – 4:00pm Venue: Experimedia, State Library of Victoria via main entry, Swanston St Free and open to the public The State Library of Victoria is running a special day of activities to mark the opening of the exhibition Love and devotion: from Persia and beyond. The free exhibition Love and devotion: from Persia and beyond (9 March–1 July 2012) celebrates the beauty of Persian manuscripts and the stories of human and divine love told through their pages from the early 11th century on. Many of the manuscripts on show have been loaned from the world-renowned collection of the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford; other exhibits are rare works from the State Library of Victoria and other Australian collections. More information available here. Activities running on Friday 9th March. Curators’…

News | State Library of Victoria Launches Appeal to Purchase Persian Manuscripts

State Library of Victoria Launches Appeal to Purchase Rare Persian Manuscripts A public appeal has been launched to raise $100,000 to purchase two Persian manuscripts for the Rare Book Collection at the State Library of Victoria. The State Library of Victoria Foundation has launched the appeal to help purchase two items: a 16th-century manuscript copy of the Khamsa or quintet of classic Persian stories written by the 12th-century Persian poet Nizami of Ganja; and a 19th-century manuscript copy of the Tutinama or ‘Book of the parrot’. The Khamsa manuscript was made in Astarabad, known today as Gurgan, in north-east Persia in 1509–10 by the scribe al-Abd Ibrahim. It is decorated in the Shiraz style with 15 full-page hand-painted illustrations by an unnamed artist (identified by scholars as ‘Artist B’). ‘The Khamsa will be the finest Persian manuscript in an Australian collection,’…

MIT Aga Khan 2012-2013 Postdoctoral Fellowships for research in Islamic Architecture

Aga Khan 2012-2013 Postdoctoral Fellowships for research in Islamic Architecture Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT (AKPIA@MIT) is pleased to announce its postdoctoral fellowship program for the academic year 2012-2013. The fellowship program is intended for scholars with a PhD in any field related to architecture – including architectural, art, landscape, and urban history; design, technology, computation, urban planning, anthropology, and archeaology – who are engaged in research on an Islamic topic. One to three fellowships will be granted. The fellowship duration can range from two months to a maximum of two semesters, or nine months, of residency, that will have to fall within the academic year. Fellows are expected to pursue their own research, give at least one public lecture, submit a substantial report on their research at the end…

Lecture: Susan Scollay ‘Gardens of Love: Persian Poetry and its Admirers’

Susan Scollay – Guest co-curator, Love and Devotion: from Persia and Beyond, March – June, 2010 ‘Gardens of Love: Persian Poetry and its Admirers’ Transcending place and time, classic love stories found in Persian poetry have been reflected in western culture, with parallels in the works of Chaucer and Shakespeare and in the lyrics of rock stars today. In March–June 2012, the State Library will present a major exhibition, Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond, featuring rare books and manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford. Enjoy a preview of the exhibition as co-curator Susan Scollay, an art historian specialising in Islamic culture, reveals the beauty of Persian poetry and its vibrant tales of human and divine love. Date: Wednesday 6 April, 2011, 6pm. Venue: Village Roadshow Theatre, State Library of Victoria. Attendance is free. All Welcome.…

Call for Papers – Figure and Ornament: Aesthetics, Art and Architecture in the Caucasus region, from 400 to 1650

Call for Papers Figure and Ornament: Aesthetics, Art and Architecture in the Caucasus region, from 400 to 1650 Conference, George Chubinashvili National Research Centre, Tbilisi, the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz-Max-Planck-Institut, and the University of Basel Tbilisi, 29 September – 1 October 2011 Deadline for Applications: 31st January 2011 Figure and ornament have generally been considered as opposites. Figurative representations, however, can be ornamented or framed by ornaments, and ornaments are frequently formed by repeated figural motives, such as animals or plants. In fact, ornaments and figures are related in manifold ways and define or articulate pictorial or architectonic spaces, elaborating various aesthetic concepts. The cultures the conference will discuss are not to be seen as given or static units but as having been formed and transformed in relation and interaction with each other. Thus, on the one hand, the conference…

Call for Papers: Romanesque and the Eastern Mediterranean

Call for Papers Romanesque and the Eastern Mediterranean Palermo, 16-18 April, 2012 The British Archaeological Association will hold the second of the biennial International Romanesque conferences in Palermo on 16-18 April, 2012. The theme is Romanesque and the Eastern Mediterranean, and the aim is to examine points of contact between the Latin West and the Byzantine and Islamic worlds in the 11th and 12th centuries. These took many forms: the widespread importation of artefacts, including textiles, ceramics, ivories and metalwork, the recruitment of eastern painters and mosaicists, and the emulation of eastern Mediterranean forms and buildings, particularly those in Jerusalem. Crusading themes are likely to be important, as are  commercial and artistic contacts with the southern Mediterranean, and the conference welcomes papers on interactions between Islamic and Christian cultures in Spain and North Africa, as well as in the eastern…

Talk: Susan Scollay ‘Roses in Paradise: Gardens and Garden Culture in the Islamic World’

Roses in Paradise: Gardens and Garden Culture in the Islamic World Susan Scollay Susan Scollay will outline the historical role of the large and elaborate gardens that have been an intrinsic part of the royal palaces of the Near and Middle East for millennia. Garden themes also dominated literary culture and the design repertoire of all the arts and crafts Susan Scollay is an independent art historian and curator specialising in Islamic art and culture. She is a contributing editor of HALI, the London-based journal of carpet, textile and Islamic art, and is currently completing a Ph.D. at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Date: Thursday 28 October at 10 for 10.30 am Venue: Mueller Hall, National Herbarium Cost: Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens $15 Non members $25 Morning tea will be served before the talk. Bookings/enquiries: Booking form (PDF –…

Lecture – ‘Mughal Painting at its Zenith’ Oliver Everett

Mr Oliver Everett – Librarian Emeritus of the Royal Library, Windsor Castle The Life and Times of the Indian Emperor Shah Jahan Mr Oliver Everett, Librarian Emeritus of the Royal Library, Windsor Castle, United Kingdom, will be presenting the images as part of an international public lecture based on the Islamic manuscript, the Padshahnama (chronicle of the King of the World) which is the unique official history of the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, who ruled India from 1628 to 1658. He is best remembered for the building of the Taj Mahal as a tomb for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Padshahnama is illustrated with 44 of the finest Mughal paintings in the world.  They vividly depict the very dramatic events in the Emperor’s reign and the years before it. Most of the important individuals in Shah Jahan’s court can…