A message from Hala Auji, the Hamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair for Islamic Art at VCU School of the Arts, and Symposium co-chair.
“As the new Hamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair for Islamic Art at VCU School of the Arts, it is my great pleasure to share details about the 2023 Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art in its tenth iteration, which I am chairing alongside Radha Dalal, Director of Art History and Associate Professor of Islamic Art, VCUarts Qatar.
“Since joining the Department of Art History at VCU’s Richmond campus, I have been inspired by the program and the school’s collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to teaching, and scholarship. VCU has been an ideal home for my research, which is informed by my background in graphic design, criticism and theory, and art history.
“In my publications, including my monograph, and teaching I explore the history of the book, print culture, cultural modernity, museum practices, and portraiture in the Islamic world, with a focus on Arabic-speaking communities of the Eastern Mediterranean. Having lived and worked in Beirut (Lebanon) and Dubai (UAE) for several years, I was thrilled that my new job, while based in Virginia, would allow for exciting opportunities to collaborate with colleagues at VCU Qatar and throughout the Global South, particularly at a time when we are witnessing major global changes and challenges.”
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