Sessions and Lectures - HIAA at CAA February 10-13, 2021

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Historians of Islamic Art Association at the College Art Association's Annual Conference, February 10-13, 2021


Dear HIAA Members,


We are pleased to announce the schedule for the HIAA Business Meeting and Majlis, held in conjunction with CAA Annual Conference next month.

The HIAA Business Meeting will be virtually on Thursday, February 11 at 12.30pm (EST). To register for the meeting, please sign up here:

The HIAA Majlis, will take place virtually as a webinar on Thursday, February 11 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm (EST). To attend, please register using the following link: 


** Andrea Luigi Corsi, Sapienza University of Rome, “The Development of Stucco Decoration During the Early  Abbasid Period: the ‘Miniaturistic Style’ as a Transregional  Artistic Koine.” 

** Ariel Fein, Yale University, “Kufic Epigraphy between  Ifriqiyya and Norman Sicily.” 

** Holley Ledbetter, University of Michigan, “Gender, Race,  and ‘Ajab: Automata of the Enslaved in al-Afdal’s Drinking  Room.” 

** Alison Tendrup, Boston University, “Picture-in-Picture:  Representations of Ottoman-Balkan Princely Identities in  Nineteenth Century Portraiture.” 

** Amanda Lanzillo, Princeton University, “Electroplating as  Alchemy: Making metalsmithing Islamic in colonial India,  1870-1920.”


The live Q&A for HIAA's sponsored panel at CAA will be held on Friday, February 12 at 4:00 pm (EST). Please see the CAA website for attendance details.


Digital Humanities + Islamic Visual Culture

** Lyla Halsted, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, “Animating an  Amulet: 3D Modeling, Materiality, and a Medieval Arabic Amulet Scroll.”  

** Hussein Keshani, The University of British Columbia, “Soft  Eyes: Software’s Visualities and Islamic Art History in the Digital Age.” 

** Yasaman Lotfizadeh, The University of British Columbia,  “Visualizing Creative Collaboration in the Shah Tahmasp  Shahnameh.” 

** Michael A. Toler, Aga Khan Documentation Center, MIT  Libraries, “Digital Sustainability in DH Projects: The Case  Study of Archnet.”


There are a number of other panels and single papers for those interested in Islamic Art and material culture, the most relevant of which are listed below. Note: this is not an exhaustive list. 


For a full schedule of the conference, please see:


Please note that registration is required to attend CAA. There are several options:


With thanks for your continued support of HIAA,

Fatima Quraishi


Fatima Quraishi

Secretary, Historians of Islamic Art Association


Asst. Prof., Dept of Art History, University of California, Riverside


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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

** Paper: Sama Alshaibi, "Instrument and System: bracketing Middle Eastern women within the photographic image", 10:00 - 10:30 am


** Paper: Mohammad Zaki Rezwan, "Locating Voices from the Margin in Ecofeminist Art of 

Bangladesh", 12:00 - 12:30 pm


** Paper: Hurmat Ul Ain, "Making Art for Dinner: The Practice of Everyday and the Art from Pakistan", 12:00 - 12:30 pm


** Paper: Amin Alsaden, "Climate of Violence: Art and Warfare in the Arab World", 12:00 - 12:30 pm


** Paper: Usman Hamid, "The Ka‘bah of the Soul: Reliquary Shrines and Indian Ocean Pilgrimage in Mughal India", 4:00 - 4:30 pm


** Paper: Lisa Therese, "Maritime Mosque architecture of the Indian West coast: an overlap of trans-oceanic principles and regional styles", 4:00 - 4:30 pm


** Paper: Lara Balaa, "Consuming Letterforms: Arabic Calligraphy in Contemporary Product Design", 6:00 - 6:30 pm


Thursday, February 11, 2021

** Paper: Amanda Phillips, "Mechanized Turks: Weaving and The Limits of Kunstwollen", 10:00 - 10:30 am


** Paper: Kristen Scheid, "Incomplete Commissions: Relating Art History and Ethnography through Palestinian Art", 12:00 - 12:30 pm


Friday, February 12, 2021

** Panel: Medieval and Early Modern Islamic Art, 10:00 - 10:30 am

     1. Ahmad R Vardanjani, "Women and Shiite Jurists: The Role of Women in Reviving Art 

         Production in the Late Safavid Period"

     2. Selin Unluonen, "Prophet as king, king as prophet in Safavid Iran"


** Panel: 'What Makes an Author?': Between Paradigms and Periods of Makers, Creators, and 

                 Patrons in the Art and Architecture of the Islamic World, 12:00 - 12:30 pm

     Chair: Heba Mostafa

     Discussant: Abigail Balbale

     1. Heba Mostafa, "Patron and Muhandis: The Lost Inscriptions of the Abbasid Nilometer at 

        al-Rawda Island in Egypt"

     2. Razan Francis, "Death and Authorship: Islamic Tombstones in Medieval Spain"

     3. Alex Dika Seggerman, "K.A.C. Creswell’s Photographic Authorship"


** Panel: Expressing Female Identity in the Middle East: Perspectives from Emirati Students

                  12:00 - 12:30 pm

     Chair: Sabrina De Turk & Stefan Messam

     1. Sabrina De Turk & Stefan Messam, "Gender, Identity and Pedagogy in the UAE"

     2. Hassana Arif, "Beyond Our Surfaces"

     3. Amira Albastaki, "The Safe Haven of Women"

     4. Hadeel Alshalan, "Tasteless"

     5. Ameena Alnuaimi, "Hidden Truth"

     6. Salama Alfalasi, "Hexa-Evolution"

     7. Fatima Alktebi, "Tangible Poems"

     8. Maryam Almannaee, "Alienation"


** Panel: Mapping Art Histories in the Arab World, Iran and Turkey, part of the Getty 

                 Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative, 2:00 - 2:30 pm

     Chair: Sarah A. Rogers & Nada M. Shabout

     1. Pamela Karimi, "Informal and Alternative Institutions of Art History Learning in Iran"

     2. Jessica Gerschultz, "Mapping Art Histories: North Africa"

     3. Tiffany Renee Floyd, "From the Perspective of Project Manager"


** Panel: Art and Ecology in the Middle East and West Asia, 6:00 - 6:30 pm

     Chair: Samine Tabatabaei

     Discussant: T.J. Demos

     1. Samine Tabatabaei, "Petro-affectivity"

     2. Nat Muller, "Ecologies of Loss: Memory and Forgetfulness in Environmental and Other 



Saturday, February 13, 2021

** Panel: Re-thinking Gender & Sexuality in Contemporary Islamic Art History, 10:00 - 10:30 am

     Chair: Sandra S. Williams

     Discussant: Sascha Crasnow

     1. Anne Marie Butler, "Queer Tunisian Art and Tunisian State Authority: Aicha Snoussi’s

         Archive of Deviance"

    2. Andrew Gayed, "Queer Conditions in Turkey: Visual Art and Turkey’s Contemporary


     3. Sandra S. Williams, "Queer Intimacy and the Paintings of Salman Toor"


** Paper: Rachel Winter, "The World of Islam Festival 45 Years Later: Finding the Contemporary", 2:00 - 2:30 pm


** Paper: Lindsey E Reynolds, "The Sharjah Biennial: Contentions with Global Forms", 2:00 - 2:30 pm


** Paper: Holley Ledbetter, "“Mimetic Architectural ‘Ajab at the Fatimid Court”", 2:00 - 2:30 pm


** Paper: Faezeh Faezipour, "Nasir Al-Din Shah's Photographic Archive", 2:00 - 2:30 pm


** Panel: Curating Change: A New Age of Islamic Art in the Museum, 4:00 - 4:30 pm

     Chair: Ashley S. Dimmig & Gwendolyn Collaco

     Discussant: Xenia Gazi

     1. Gwendolyn Collaco, "Re-defining a Permanent Gallery of Islamic Art in Amorphous 


    2. Ashley S. Dimmig, "Islamic Art at the Walters Art Museum: Engagement, Accessibility, and 


     3. Margare Ann Shortle, "Iran in der Neuzeit, Qajar visual and material culture in the

         Museum for Islamic Art, Berlin"

     4. Noorashikin Zulkifli, "Islamic Art at the Asian Civilisations Museum Singapore"


** Paper: Caroline Olivia Wolf, "Palimpsest Constructions of Identity: Contemporary Mosques in Latin America", 6:00 - 6:30 pm


** Paper: Ruba Kana'an, "Spiritual Search: The Ismaili Community's Engagement with the Aga 

     Khan Museum in Toronto", 6:00 - 6:30 pm