Each fall the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery publish, with the University of Michigan, a journal of the latest research in the art of the Middle East and Asia. Titled Ars Orientalis, 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. Ars Orientalis 45 has just been printed and is also available digitally in its entirety with high-resolution, full-color images.
Ars Orientalis 45, “Transmission of Architectural Knowledge in Medieval South Asia,” brings together four groundbreaking essays by South Asian specialists, with responses from two distinguished scholars working in geographic areas adjacent to South Asia. Guest edited by contributors Nachiket Chanchani (University of Michigan) and Tamara I. Sears (Yale University), the essays in this volume highlight a history of mobility, hybridity, and transmission in the realm of architecture that spans many centuries and traverses a wide terrain. The response essays expand these ideas well beyond the Indian subcontinent, opening a broader discussion about the transmission of architectural knowledge and how the subject is addressed in scholarship today. With this format, Volume 45 of Ars Orientalis creates a dynamic dialogue and invites readers to continue the conversation.