Announcement - Panels of interest at MESA 2019, November 14-17, New Orleans

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Panels of interest at MESA 2019, November 14-17, New Orleans




Panel: Archeology and Museumology

Lubna Omar, Binghamton U–Saving Cultural Heritage, but not Syrian Archaeologists

Javier Guirado, TEIM–I Can’t Get No Satisfaction: The Contested Legacy of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim’s Palace and the National Museum of Qatar

Philip Geisler, Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies–The Performativity of Objects: Reconstituting the Islamic Art Museum

Scott Curtis, Northwestern U Qatar– Images of Unity: The Use of Media in the New Qatar National Museum

Ioannis N. Grigoriadis, Bilkent U– Introducing Archaeology and Museology to the Ottoman Empire: The Case of Theodore Macridy Bey



Eyad Abuali, Utrecht U–Music and Meditation: Sound, Vision, and Identity from Classical to Medieval Sufism, as part of panel: Toward a Sensory History Middle Eastern Societies


Patricia Scalco, U Helsinki–Spatio-Temporal (Dis)Connections in the Istanbul Grand Bazaar: Ethnographic and Cartographic Insights on the Politics of Location through the Centuries-old Carpet Trade, as part of panel: Mapping Connections across Space and Time: Combining Ethnography and Radical Cartography in Cairo, Beirut and Istanbul


Kimya Oskay, Freie Universität Berlin– The Visual Tactics of Iran from 1870 to 1896: Employment of Photographs by the Qajar Palace, as part of panel: New Perspectives on Qajar Iran


Caroline Seymour-Jorn, U Wisconsin Milwaukee–Re-Reading the Walls: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Post- Revolutionary Egyptian Street Art, as part of panel: Egypt since 2011





Panel: (Alternative) Arts as (Alternative) Politics: Iranian Aesthetic Dissidence from the Revolution to the Present

Organized by Norma Claire Moruzzi

Chair: Kaveh Ehsani, DePaul U
Discussant: Pamela Karimi, U Massachusetts

Norma Claire Moruzzi, U Illinois Chicago–Breaking Down Walls: Iranian Art Installations, Condemned Buildings, and Utopian Possibilities
Mahrou Zhaf, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis–Alternative Masculinities in Iranian Cinema: Mehrjui’s Men
Leili Adibfar, U Illinois Chicago–Ali Shariati: Islam, Modernity, and the Complicated Aesthetic of the Iranian Revolution





Panel: Shall We Go to the Cinema? Chair: Ghenwa Hayek, U Chicago

Nadia G. Yaqub, UNC Chapel Hill–The City in Alternative Arab Cinema of the 1970s

Touria Khannous, Louisiana State U– Trauma and Class Representation in Faouzi Bensaidi’s Film “Volubilis”

Zeina Tarraf, AUB–The Politics of Reception in Nadine Labaki’s “Capharnäum”
Suzi Mirgani, Georgetown U Qatar– Filmmaking and the Arts as Civil Society in the Gulf Cooperation Council

Viviane Saglier, Concordia U–Emergency, Film Festivals, and the Life of Cinema in Gaza



Semra Horuz, TU Wien - Bilgi U–Ottoman Bourfeois en route: Conceptions of Cityspace, Architecture and Art in 19th Century Ottoman Travelogues on Europe, as part of panel: Islam and the West: Discourses, Spaces, and Practices





Panel: Voyage to Tomorrow: Futurism and Science Fiction in Middle Eastern Art & Design
Organized by Elizabeth Rauh

Sponsored by Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran and Turkey (AMCA)

Chair: Elizabeth Rauh, U Michigan, Discussant: Nasser O. Rabbat, MIT

Anneka Lenssen, UC Berkeley–Futurity and the Arts of a New Syria, 1960-1970

Pamela Karimi, U Massachusetts–Life after Earth: Nader Khalili’s “Futuristic Homes for Lunar Surfaces”

Joan Grandjean, U Geneva–Gulf Futurism: An Art Historical Approach, Definition, and Characteristics
Sascha Crasnow, U Michigan–Subverting Narratives of Occupation in Science Fiction: Larissa Sansour’s “Nation Estate” and “In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain”





Panel: Beyond Islamic Art: New Approaches to the Material Culture of the Middle East
Organized by Stefan Maneval

Chair: Stefan Maneval, Martin-Luther- Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Daniella Talmon-Heller, Ben-Gurion U– From Master Copy to Sacred Relic to Museum Artifact: The Vicissitudes of the `Uthmani Qur’an (7th-20th Centuries)

Irfana Hashmi, Whittier Col–The Lockers of Shaykh Ahmad al-Ghunaymi al-Ansari at al-Azhar Mosque, 1634 to 1637
Katie J. Hickerson, U Chicago–The Three- Dome Problem: The Syncretic Architecture of Healing in Sudan

Sara Kuehn, IDEMEC-CNRS–Piercing the Skin: Materializing the Sensory in Rifa’i and Sa’di Dhikr Rituals (Remembrance of God)

Enaya Othman, Marquette U–Crossroad Imagination: The Thob Mediating between Palestinian Material Culture and Gendered Activism




Panel: Speculative Imaginaries in the Moving Image: Citizenship, Matter, and Space-Time Slippages in the Global Middle East

Organized by Rana Jarbou

Sponsored by Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran and Turkey (AMCA)

Chair: Sintia Issa, UC Santa Cruz, Discussant: Tarek El-Ariss, Dartmouth Col

Rana Jarbou, UC Santa Cruz–#IAmReal- Mediating Difference between Amna and Sophia: Citizenship, Gender and Hyperreality in Saudi Arabia
Raed El Rafei, UC Santa Cruz–Queer Subjectivities and Spatial Dimensions in Tripoli, Lebanon
Suzy Halajian, UC Santa Cruz–A Grammar Built with Rocks: Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme
Sintia Issa, UC Santa Cruz–Mapping Waste Matters for a Time of Flowers: Marwa Arsanios



Rose Aslan, California Lutheran U–Art, Sufism, and Politics in Contemporary Istanbul, as part of panel: Adaptation, Transformation and Transcendence - Sufi Communities in the Contemporary World






Ido Ben-Ami, Tel Aviv U–Early Modern Imperial Ottoman Architecture and the Notion of Bewilderment/Wonder, as part of panel: Adaptive Emotions: Feelings, History, and Ottoman Society

Aslihan Gunhan, Cornell U–Displaced Modernities: The Ottoman Empire, Turkey and the Specters of Armenian Architects, as part of panel: The Production of Space and the Modern Middle East

James Redman, Zayed U Abu Dhabi– Silversmithing, Writing and Protection: The Imperfect Nature of Pious Texts, as part of panel: Dressed to Conceal/Dressed to Impress

Manami Goto, Tokyo U Foreign Studies– Fashioning the Mask: Material, Craft, and Memory, as part of Dressed to Conceal/Dressed to Impress




Round-table: An Encyclopaedic Collection of Early Modern Knowledge: The Library Inventory of Bayezid II
Organized by Ferenc Csirkes

Chairs: Gulru Necipoglu, Harvard, Cornell Hugh Fleischer, U Chicago

Cemal Kafadar, Harvard
Noah Gardiner, U South Carolina
A. Tunç Sen, Columbia U
Guy Burak, NYU
Murteza Bedir, Istanbul U
Nukhet Varlik, Boğaziçi U

Newark Pinar Emiralioglu, Sam Houston State U - Sooyong Kim, Koç U
Nikolay Antov, U Arkansas
Aleksandar Shopov, Max Planck Inst for the History of Science
Himmet Taskomur, Harvard

Saturday 16 November 3-5pm

Alexander Brey, Wellesley Col–A Tale of Two Tents: Roman-Byzantine Tents in Umayyad Visual Culture




Panel: Not Just Spatial Art: MENA Graphic Novels
Organized by Melanie Trexler and George Potter

George Potter, Valparaiso U–Redrawing the Archive: Leila Abdelrazaq’s “Baddawi” and the Reconstruction of Palestinian Visual History

Lara Tarantini, U Arizona–Communal Identities and Belonging in Brigitte Findakly’s “Poppies of Iraq”

David Tittensor, Deakin U, Australia–The Understated Islam of Ms. Marvel and the Issue of Relatability
Melanie Trexler, Roanoke Col–Marvel’s Ummah: Intra-racism in Jersey City


SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER, 8:30-10:30AM


Vahid Vahdat, Texas A&M U–An Erotics of Exchange: Civic Sites for (Gendered) Public Mourning in Yazd, Iran, as part of panel: Labor, Class, and Gender in Ira


Ahmet Yusuf Yuksek, NYU–Sufis and the Sufi Lodges in Istanbul in the Late 19th Century: A Spatial Analysis, as part of panel: Society, Culture, and the Economy in the Late Ottoman Empire




Panel: Palestine through Its Landscape: Memory, Invention and Continuity in the Arts
Organized by María Gómez López and Danae Fonseca

Discussant: Javier Guirado, TEIM

Samirah Alkassim, George Mason U– Landscape, Erasure, and Representation as Agential in Palestinian Cinema
Riccardo Legena, U Bern–Emily Jacir’s “Stazione” at the First Palestinian Pavilion– The Predictably Unrealizable Typographic Landscaping of Palestinian and Arab History in Venice

Alessandra Amin, UCLA–Dystopian Immediacy in the Landscapes of Samira Badran c. 1977
María Gómez López, Universidad Complutense de Madrid–A Latent Landscape

Danae Fonseca, Autonomous U Madrid– Gendering the Palestinian Landscape


Roundtable Panel

New Directions: Heritage, Memory, and State Un/making

Organized by Chiara De Cesari

Sunday, 17 November, 1:30 pm




Elizabeth Matsushita, U Illinois–An Ambivalent “Renaissance”: Si Mammeri, Beaux Arts, and the Maintenance of Difference in Colonial Morocco, as part of panel: Social and Cultural Formations in Colonial North Africa