'Islamic' Art: Disrupting Unity and Discerning Ruptures

A series of lectures to address the historiography of the field ‘Islamic Art’ by scoring the particular moments of ruptures that fractured its foundations.

Organized by Avinoam Shalem, Riggio Professor, Arts of Islam, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University, in collaboration with the Center for Spatial Research at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the Middle East Institute of Columbia University, and the Centre for the Study of Muslim Societies at Columbia University.

Ziad Jamaleddine (GSAPP, Columbia University)
April 20 at 1 pm EST (Webinar)
Drawing the Isolated Mosque
Register here for the link: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UL8_oJynThCTe1uRxHM2MA

Re-Approaching Architecture of the Lands of Islam

Fall 19

Ruba Kana'an (University of Toronto)
October 16 at 6 pm (612 Schermerhorn)
Rethinking the Friday Mosque: A Critical Enquiry of an Architectural Paradigm

Ziad Jamaleddine (GSAPP, Columbia University)
November 20 at 6 pm (612 Schermerhorn)
The Isolated Monument and the Making of Masterpieces

Spring 20

Igor Demchenko (GSAPP, Columbia University).
February 10 at 6pm (612 Schermerhorn)
Conservation and Restoration Documentation as a Source in Architectural History

Ali Behdad (UCLA, California)
March 9 at 6 pm (612 Schermerhorn)
On Photographic Monumentalism in Qajar Iran and Ottoman Turkey

Gerhard Wolf (KHI Florence, Max-Planck Institute)
April 6 at 6pm (612 Schermerhorn)
Perceived Through the Feet: Approaching Architecture on the Ground

This semester, the focus is on the city of Aleppo from the medieval to the contemporary. All lectures are held at 6pm. Please note the different venues for each event.

February 18
Yasser Tabbaa (Independent Scholar): "The Remaking of Aleppo under Nur al-Din and the Early Ayyubids"
612 Schermerhorn Hall

March 24
Heghnar Watenpaugh (University of California, Davis): "Ottoman Aleppo: Experiencing Architecture, Narrating Space"
Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall

March 31
Patrick Ball (Human Rights Data Analysis Group): "Seeing the Forest: Analyzing Hidden Patterns Using (Mostly) Public Data about People Killed in Syria, 2011-2015"
Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Pulitzer Hall

April 7
Sussan Babaie (Courtauld Institute of Art): "Urbanity and Mercantile 'Taste': the Houses of Aleppo"
612 Schermerhorn Hall

September 21:
Eyal Weizman (Goldsmiths, University of London): "Hannibal in Rafah:  a forensic reconstruction of one day in the 2014 Gaza War."

October 22:
Zeynep Çelik (New Jersey Institute of Technology): "Photographing Ottoman Modernity."

December 3:
Nada Shabout (University of North Texas): "Modernities: Discontent and Alliances"
with discussant Zainab Bahrani (Columbia University)

All lectures are held at 6 pm
Columbia University, 612 Schermerhorn Hall
1190 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027.

January 29:
Esra Akcan (Cornell University): "How Modern was made 'Islamic': Recruiting a category for late 20th-century architecture in the Middle East."

February 26:
Walid Raad (Cooper Union): "Scratching on things I could disavow: From the Lourvre's Départment des Arts de L'Islam."

September 18:
Renata Holod (University of Pennsylvania): 'Our Works Point to Us': Making, Ordering, Describing the Visual Cultures) in the Islamic World.

October 30:
Sheila Canby (Metropolitan Museum of Art): "Early Safavid Art: Rupture or Synthesis?"

* in dialogue with *


Kishwar Rizvi (Yale University): Self and the World: The Arts during the Period of Shah 'Abbas I.

November 13:
Eva Hoffman (Tufts University): "Islamic Art, Art History and Mediterranean Genealogies"

In collaboration with: