H-AMCA is a network devoted to the study of modern and contemporary art from the Arab world, Iran, and Turkey. We aim to create a network of interested scholars and organizations to enable historians and other scholars to easily communicate current research and teaching interests, and to promote scholarly cooperation between both persons and organizations.

Recent Content

CFP: Book: Design and Eastern Arab Countries: Its Past, Present & Future

Expression of Interest Editors:
Dr Qassim Saad
Dr Tony Fry

The book title: Design and Eastern Arab Countries: Its Past, Present & Future
The aim of this book is to provide a clear overview of the region that stimulates debate, gives direction to the development of design education, and provides an agenda that would strategically inform practitioners.

Respondents to the Expression of Interest are invited to propose a topic for a 5,000-word essay in one of the three parts of the book.

ANN: In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art – LACMA – May 6 – September 9, 2018

In the Fields of Empty Days explores the continuous and inescapable presence of the past in Iranian society. This notion is revealed in art and literature in which ancient kings and heroes are used in later contexts as paradigms of virtue or as objects of derision, while long-gone Shi‘ite saints are evoked as champions of the poor and the oppressed. Beginning in the 14th century, illustrated versions of the Shahnama recast Iran’s pre-Islamic kings and heroes as contemporary Islamic rulers and were used to justify and legitimize the ruling elite.