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Symposium Program

Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba:

Door of Redemption

      Photo: Cornelia Steffens 2016 (© Michele Lamprakos)



Historians of Islamic Art Association

2021 Biennial Symposium

Regime Change


University of Michigan

April 15 - 18, 2021

Online Panels

Thursday, April 15th


12:00 - 12:15 pm   Welcome Remarks

Christiane Gruber
Professor and Chair, History of Art Department, University of Michigan, and President-Elect, Historians of Islamic Art Association

12:15 - 1:45 pm Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC) Distinguished Lecture

Introduction by Kishwar Rizvi
Professor, Yale University, and President, Historians of Islamic Art Association

Pulling the Past into the Present: Curating Islamic Art in a Changing World
Stefan Weber, Director, Museum for Islamic Art, Pergamon Museum, Berlin



2:15 - 4:15 pm Communicating Islamic Art History

Islamic Art History and its Networks
Nancy Um, Professor, Binghamton University

“In Two Rooms, A Universe”: Communicating Islamic Visual Culture
to a Museum Audience
Ladan Akbarnia, Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art, The San Diego Museum of Art

Toward a Global Islamic Art for an Interconnected World
Stephennie Mulder, Associate Professor, University of Texas, Austin

Islamic Perceptual Culture: Towards Another Episteme
Wendy M. K. Shaw, Professor, Free University, Berlin

Mika Natif, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies,
The George Washington University






Friday, April 16th


9:00 - 10:30 am      Craft and its Potentials: Histories from Below and Beside

Objects-in-the-Negative, or, the Presence of Absence: Pre-modern Molds and Craft Narratives
Margaret S. Graves, Associate Professor, Indiana University

Art History from Below and Outside: Silk Velvet and Cotton Double-Cloth 
Amanda Philips, Assistant Professor, University of Virginia

Outside the Gallery of Masterpieces: Calouste Gulbenkian’s Embroideries, a Tale of Turbulence
Jessica Hallet, Curator of Early Modern Middle East, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Ruba Kana‘an, Assistant Professor, The University of Toronto, Mississauga, and Editor, H-Islamart

10:30 - 11:00 am Break
11:00 - 12:30 pm            Political Transformations through Architectural Interventions in Islamic South Asia

Babur and the Transformation of Gwalior’s Rock-Hewn Tirthankara
Ross Lee Bernhaut, Ph.D. student, University of Michigan

The Earliest Mosques of Regime Change in the Deccan
Mohit Manohar, Ph.D. candidate, Yale University

Domes on a Medieval Temple at Anwa: Continuities in Construction Methods Across Deccani Political Formations
Pushkar Sohoni, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research

Chanchal B. Dadlani, Associate Professor, Wake Forest University

12:30 - 1:45 pm Break  
1:45 - 2:00 pm In Memoriam: Esin Atıl  
  Marianna Shreve Simpson
Research Associate, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania
2:00 - 3:30 pm The Labor of Names: Signatures and Artistic Practice  

On Signature, Labor, and Authorship in Medieval and Early Modern Islam
Lamia Balafrej, Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

The Weaver’s Signature? The Division of Labor in the Production
of Lampas Woven Silks
Corinne Mühlemann, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Bern

Signatures in Stone: Names, Prefixes, and Design Methods
at the Makli Necropolis
Fatima Quraishi, Assistant Professor, University of California, Riverside

Marianna Shreve Simpson, Research Associate, Schoenberg Institute
for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania

3:30 - 4:00 pm Break  
4:00 - 5:00 pm Information Session with the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT:  
  New Material and Updates to Archnet  

Michael Toler, Interim Program Head and Archnet Content Manager,
Aga Khan Documentation Center, MIT

Matt Saba, Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Architecture,
Aga Khan Documentation Center, MIT

Betsy Baldwin, Collections Archivist,
Aga Khan Documentation Center, MIT


Saturday, April 17th


9:00 - 11:00 am Looking at the Margins: A Perspective Change in the Study of Qur’an Manuscripts

Shifting Regimes, Reshaping Manuscripts: Qur’an Production in the Borno Sultanate
Dmitry Bondarev, Head of West Africa Research Projects, University of Hamburg

Keeping Up Appearances: Later Qur’ans from al-Andalus 
Umberto Bongianino, Lecturer in Islamic Art and Architecture, University of Oxford

Migrating Manuscript Art: ‘Sulawesi Diaspora’ Styles of Qur’anic Illumination 
Annabel Teh Gallop, Lead Curator for Southeast Asia, The British Library

From Listener to Reader: The Qur’an’s Practice in the 11th Century CE 
Alya Karame, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, The American University of Beirut

Evyn Kropf, Curator, Islamic Manuscripts Collection, and Librarian for Middle Eastern & North African Studies and Religious Studies, University of Michigan


11:00 - 11:30 am Break
11:30 - 1:30 pm Islamic Art and Architecture in sub-Saharan Africa: 
  Transcultural Dynamics in the Global Fourteenth Century

Mamluk Metalwork in West Africa: Material Dialogues in the Fourteenth Century
Raymond Silverman, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan

Glocalization, Material Culture, Innovation, and Exchange in Pre/Fourteenth-Century West Africa
Abidemi Babatunde Babalola, Smuts Postdoctoral Fellow, Center of African Studies, University of Cambridge

The Fourteenth Century: An Archaeological Perspective from Islamic Eastern Ethiopia
Timothy Insoll, Al-Qasimi Professor of African and Islamic Archaeology, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

Islamic Art and Architecture along the Swahili Coast: Connectivity, Transcultural Entanglements, and Aesthetic Choices in the Global Fourteenth Century
Vera-Simone Schulz, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut

Ashley Miller, Forsyth Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan


1:30 - 3:00 pm Break
3:00 - 4:30 pm New Regimes of Perception in Early Modern Iran

The Ontology of a Kerman Vase: Thing and Image in Early Modern Iran
Michael Chagnon, Curator, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

Sensing Time and Sound: Clocks and Rhythms of Life in Safavid Isfahan
Farshid Emami, Assistant Professor, Rice University

Points of Vision: Reception of a Late Safavid Tiled Arcade
Lisa Golombek, Curator Emerita, Royal Ontario Museum and Professor Emerita, University of Toronto

Kishwar Rizvi, Professor, Yale University, and President,
Historians of Islamic Art Association


Sunday, April 18th




9:30 - 11:30 am

Fragments, Relics, Rubble, Memory



Erased Heritage of the Golden Horde: Forgetting and Remembering in Russian/Soviet Historiography
Igor Demchenko, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia University

Index, Icon, Place: The Politics and Practices of Commemoration Following Turkey’s July 15, 2016 Coup Attempt
Timur Hammond, Assistant Professor, Syracuse University

Martyrs, Relics, and Muhammad’s Shinbone: De-Islamicizing the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba in the 16th Century
Michele Lamprakos and Alejandro Cañeque, Associate Professors, University of Maryland-College Park

From Stone to Dust: The Life of the Kufic Inscribed Frieze of Wuqro Cherqos in Tigray, Ethiopia
Mikael Muehlbauer, Porter Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University

Bernard O’Kane, Professor, The American University in Cairo



11:30 - 1:00 pm









1:00 - 3:00 pm 

Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Regime Changes in Technologies and Media



Lithography and Its Impact on Persian Book Illustration in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
Ulrich Marzolph, Retired Adjunct Professor, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Widening the Horizons of Mecca and Medina with Photographic Possibilities Sabiha Göloğlu, Postdoctoral University Assistant, University of Vienna

Critical Mass: Photography and Ubiquity in 1920s-Turkish Media
Yasemin Gencer, Affiliate Scholar, Institute for Advanced Study,
Indiana University

Visual Hagiographies of a Senegalese Sufi Saint
Allen F. Roberts, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

Ashley Dimmig, Wieler-Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in Islamic Art, The Walters Art Museum



3:00 - 3:15 pm

Closing Remarks



Christiane Gruber

Professor and Chair, History of Art Department, University of Michigan, and President-Elect, Historians of Islamic Art Association



The 2021 HIAA Biennial Symposium Committee:

Christiane Gruber, organizer

Bihter Esener, managing organizer

Anneka Lenssen, Michael Chagnon, and Alain George, committee members