CfP: Interwar Islamic Arts (CAA 2020)

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Call for Papers
July 23, 2019
Illinois, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, African History / Studies, Asian History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies, Islamic History / Studies


Call for Papers

Interwar Islamic Arts

Panel affiliated with the Historians of Islamic Art Association

College Art Association Annual Conference, Chicago February 12–15, 2020


The interwar period witnessed major transformations in the political and social landscape of the modern Muslim world, from new nation states arising in the Middle East to the forging of transregional and diasporic pan-Islamist communities. This session seeks papers that explore the role of art, its makers, and its patrons in expressing and shaping this new world order. What new audiences, networks of collaboration, or material and visual resources became available to Muslim artists during the two world wars and the interwar period (ca. 1914-1945)? How did “Islamic art” as a discipline change during this era, with its validation in universities and museums in the United States, the emergence of scholarly journals such as Ars Islamica, or the organization of public collections of Islamic art outside of Europe? What role did Muslim artists, patrons, or visual practices play in the articulation of national identities, as well as various forms of internationalisms that aimed to promote exchange across regional and national boundaries? Recent efforts to reimagine the disciplinary scope of Islamic art have called for, on the one hand, a close examination of the field’s formation in the nineteenth century and, on the other hand, a reassessment of modern art produced in the postwar and contemporary Middle East. By focusing on the production and reception of Muslim visual cultures during the intervening decades and from a broad geographical perspective, this session aims to enrich our understanding of the history and historiography of Islamic art at a critical moment of global transition.


Proposals and related questions should be sent directly to Ashley Miller ( (University of Michigan) by 23 July 2019.  Please include a 250-word abstract and a shortened C.V. in your proposal.  Further instructions for submission to CAA can be found at


Additionally, please note that those selected to present in this panel must be members of the Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) by the conference date.  Participating graduate students will be eligible to apply for a Grabar Travel Grant (



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Ashley V. Miller, University of Michigan

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