November 11-13, 2023
VCUarts Qatar, Doha, Qatar

All Symposium events take place in the ground-floor Atrium.  Registration tables will be located at the main entrance to VCUarts Qatar.
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  Information about the speakers and their presentations is available here.

Saturday, November 11

5:00pm                                        Symposium Registration

5:30pm:                                       Symposium Opening 

5:45pm:                                       Keynote Address

                                                      Finbarr Barry Flood, Director of Silsila: Center for Material Histories, 
                                                      William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of the Humanities, Institute of Fine Arts &
                                                      Department of Art History, New York University

                                                      Shifting Scales: Islamic Art History as Global Microhistory

The keynote address will be followed by an opening reception at VCUarts Qatar.

Sunday, November 12

9:15am:                                      Symposium Registration and Coffee 

10:00am:                                   Opening Remarks

10:15am:                                    Talinn Grigor, Pedagogical Realignment and Hyphenated Historians of 
                                                    Qajar Architecture: Vrdanis Eiwziwkʻchean and Kavasji Kiash in Dialogue

11:20am:                                    Ellen Kenney, From the Field”: Islamic Art History, Pedagogical Context,
                                                    and Global Turns

12:20pm:                                   Lunch 

1:30pm:                                     Roundtable: Theory
                                                    Kirsten Scheid, Can Islamic Art and Our Practices Be Coeval?
                                                    Aparna Kumar, Karkhana as Method: Decentering Pedagogy of South Asian Art
                                                    Aditi Chandra, Re/animating the Subjects of Islamic Art History

3pm:                                          Coffee Break

3:15pm:                                     Roundtable Discussion: Method
                                                   Negar Habibi, Lack of Scientific Interest or How to Make it Visible: Teaching Islamic Art at the University of Geneva
                                                   Nebahat Avcıoğlu, Connecting Points
                                                   Jenny Norton-Wright, Islamic Art Online

Monday, November 13

10am:                                         Opening Remarks

10:15am:                                    Sam Bowker, Creating Connection: Islamic Art in Regional Australia

11:20am:                                    Karen Exell, The Possibility of an Equitable Art Museum in the 21st-century Gulf

12:20pm:                                    Lunch

1:30pm:                                      Roundtable: Practice
                                                     Suheyla Takesh, “Paths Diverging Beneath Our Feet”: On Site-Specific Modernisms and Transcultural Exchange
                                                     Anissa Rahadiningtyas, The Neglected Dimension – Making an Exhibition of Modern and Contemporary Islamic Art from Southeast Asia
                                                     Mirjam Shatanawi, Decolonizing Islamic Art Collections
                                                     Sadia Shirazi, Slo Curating

3pm:                                          Reception

4:15 – 5:45pm:                         
Roundtable: Curating in a Global Context: Works in Progress with Vasif Kortun, Ranjit Hoskote, and Noora Abdulmajeed Hussain.
                                                   This part of the Symposium program will be held at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. Shuttle buses will be available to take attendees
                                                   to Mathaf and to bring attendees back to VCUarts Qatar at its conclusion.  


The Symposium will be live-streamed and recorded in its entirety for those who cannot travel to Doha to attend the event. Recordings will be available on the Symposium website in early 2024.