CORRECTION: Online Conference - Ceramics from Islamic Lands (Victoria and Albert Museum) - 19-23 July

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Submitted by Mariam Rosser-Owen:

Dear colleagues,


Hosted by the Victoria and Albert Museum - taking place online!

19-23 JULY


Please join us online in a month's time to discuss all things ceramic, from archaeology to contemporary practice!

The conference programme is copied below, and you can also download it from our registration page. The conference is free to attend.

Conference papers will be available to view to conference attendees from two weeks before and two weeks after the conference. The conference will then take the form of live online panel discussions, in the mornings and afternoons of 20th-23rd July, with the keynote lecture a live event on the evening of 19th July. All times are in BST.

Please help us to spread the word by circulating this link to your networks, colleagues and students!

If you have any queries, please send us an email at:

We look forward to seeing you virtually at the V&A in a month's time!

Provisional programme:


Keynote lecture:

Monday 19th July, 18:00 to 20:00 BST

Welcome: Tristram Hunt

Introductions: Mariam Rosser-Owen (V&A) and Leslee Michelsen (Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu)

Keynote Speaker: Oliver Watson (Emeritus Professor of Islamic Art, University of Oxford), 'Ceramics from Iran: lessons learned'


Session 1: The Islamic Mediterranean: Expanding the Canon

Tuesday 20th July, 12:00 to 13:30 BST

Moderator: Mariam Rosser-Owen (V&A)

Michael Tite (University of Oxford) - Production of Islamic tin oxide and lead antimonate opacified glazed ceramics in Egypt and Ifriqiya in 10th to 11th centuries

Sonia Gutiérrez Lloret and Victoria Amorós Ruiz (University of Alicante) - Changes and Survivals in the Ceramics of early al-Andalus

Elena Salinas and Trinitat Pradell (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) - Glazed ware in al-Andalus: local innovation and technical transfer

Matteo G. Randazzo (University of Edinburgh) - Ceramics from the Emirate of Crete (820s-961 AD) and their connections with contemporary Islamic lands

S. Yona Waksman (Centre National de la recherche scientifique, Lyon) - Interactions between the Islamic and the Byzantine worlds: technological issues in pottery manufacture raised by the recent large-scale excavations in Istanbul and Thessaloniki


Session 2: Ceramics of the Medieval Jazira and Beyond

Tuesday 20th July, 15:30 to 17:00 BST

Moderator: Marcus Milwright (University of Victoria, BC)

Zohreh Mohammadian Moghayer (Glass and Ceramic Museum of Iran) - Five Mandaic Bowls in Glass and Ceramic Museum of Iran

Vanessa Rose (Université Paris 1 - Panthéon-Sorbonne) - State of research: reconsidering the corpus of the early tiles from Samarra

Karel Nováček (Palacký University Olomouc) and Jason A. Ur (Harvard University) - A Middle Islamic Ceramiscene Landscape in the Hinterland of Arbil (Kurdistan, Iraq)

Stephennie Mulder (University of Texas at Austin) - The Ceramics of Balis: Toward the Recovery of Lost Heritage

Micaela Sinibaldi (Shanghai International Studies University and Cardiff University) - The Late Petra Project: a new methodology for the analysis of handmade ceramics and for the study of settlement patterns in post-urban Petra


Session 3: From the Caucasus to Central Asia

Wednesday 21st July, 12:00 to 13:30 BST

Moderator: Martina Rugiadi (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Gabriele Puschnigg (Austrian Academy of Sciences) and Jacopo Bruno (University of Turin) - Picking up the pieces: tracing change in the early Islamic assemblages of the Bukhara Oasis

Paul Wordsworth (University of Oxford) - "The most ambitious of all incised wares". Redefining Aghkand Ware across historical boundaries

Guergana Guionova (Centre National de la recherche scientifique, Aix-Marseille Université) and Thomas Lorain (Mission Archeologique Franco-Afghane de Bâmiyân) - Ceramics from Khwajâ Sabz Push Archaeological site, Bâmiyân, Afghanistan

Catherine Klesner (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU) and Pamela B. Vandiver (University of Arizona, Tucson) - Reconstructing Production Technology of Islamic Lead-Glazed Ceramics from Central Asian Silk Road Sites

Kate Franklin (Birkbeck, University of London) and Astghik Babajanyan (Armenian National Academy of Sciences) - Bridging tradition and innovation: the 12th-15th century ceramic assemblage of the Vayots Dzor Silk Road Survey


Session 4: The Interconnected Indian Ocean

Wednesday 21st July, 15:30 to 17:00 BST

Moderator: Nancy Um (Binghamton University)

Anne C Haour (University of East Anglia) - Ceramics from the medieval Maldives

Hannah Parsons-Morgan and Nick Tait (University of Exeter) - Ceramic Materiality in Islamic Eastern Ethiopia: Consumption and Modification of local and Chinese Ceramics at Mediaeval Harlaa

Stephanie Döpper and Irini Biezeveld (Goethe University, Frankfurt) - Surveying Ceramics and Settlements: The Islamic assemblage of Central Oman

Agnieszka Bystron (University of Copenhagen) - Changing patterns of ceramic trade in the 18th century Arabian Gulf: the case of Al Zubarah and Freiha, Qatar

Russell Kelty (Art Gallery of South Australia) - Made to order: Northern Vietnamese tiles found at Islamic sites in North Java


Session 5: Ceramic production in Iran: lustre to underglaze

Thursday 22nd July, 12:00 to 13:30 BST

Moderator: Tomoko Masuya (University of Tokyo)

Abbas Akbari (University of Kashan) - Excavation and renovation of a Mongol-period kiln in Kashan: more evidence for Godard's theory

Fatemeh Alimirzaei (Research Centre for Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Relics, Tehran) - Petrographic analysis of lustre potteries from Kashan and Jorjan

Mohamad Reza Ghiasian (University of Kashan) - Lustre Ceramic Plaques Produced in Kashan (1478-1560)

Katharina Kuntz (Freie Universität, Berlin) and Fanny Alloteau (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin) - The 12th/13th-century CE incised and glazed pottery from Takht-e Soleyman, Iran: insights into dark-coloured clay layers

Yui Kanda (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies) - "This vessel is a banquet-adorner of the world in the idol temple of China": Iranian underglaze painted ceramic vessels inscribed with Persian verses, 1450–1700


Session 6: Tiles: Architectural ceramics from Anatolia to the Punjab

Thursday 22nd July, 15:30 to 17:00 BST

Moderator: Melanie Gibson (Gingko Library / Trustee Leighton House Museum)

Bernard O'Kane (American University in Cairo) - Before and after the Rukn-i 'Alam: Early Tilework in the Punjab

Tim Stanley (V&A) and Charlotte Maury (Musée du Louvre) - The Tilework of the Çinili Hamam: Reconstructing a Lost Treasure of Istanbul

Robert Mason (Royal Ontario Museum) - In a Shah's Garden with You: polychrome tiles from 17th-century Iran

Lisa Golombek (Curator Emerita, Royal Ontario Museum) - The "Garden Panel" in the Masjid-i Imam (Shah)

Atefeh Seyed Mousavi (University of Göttingen) - Mirzā ʿAbd al-Razzāq Faghfuri: master tile artist in the Qajar Period


Session 7: Ceramics and regional identity in the 19th century

Friday 23rd July, 12:00 to 13:30 BST

Moderator: Margaret Graves (University of Indiana, Bloomington)

Hakim Sameer Hamdani (Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage) - Terracotta spires in a 19th-century Sufi shrine of Kashmir: a case of syncretism and regional identity

Fuchsia Hart (University of Oxford) - From Stoke-on-Trent to Tehran: English ceramics at the court of Fath-Ali Shah

Moya Carey (Chester Beatty Library) - Tilework as "Specimens of Arab Art": Stanley Lane-Poole in Cairo 1883

Nolwenn Guedeau (Aix-Marseille Université) - Ottoman 'prestigious' smoking pipes from the Museum of Boulogne-sur-mer, France

Alexandra Solovyev (University of Oxford) - "He raised and modernized an art that threatened to be lost": Joseph-Théodore Deck and Islamic(-style) ceramics


Session 8: Responses to Modernity: the 20th and 21st centuries

Friday 23rd July, 15:30 to 17:30 BST

Moderator: Venetia Porter (British Museum)

Sato Moughalian (independent scholar) - David Ohannessian and the Armenian Ceramics of Jerusalem: The Tiled Niche of the Palestine Archaeological (Rockefeller) Museum (1931-34)

Jessica Gerschultz (University of Kansas) - "Objects of Imagination" and its antecedents: revisiting Modernist ceramics in the Arab World

Jillian Echlin (University of York) - Iranian Biennial Exhibitions of Contemporary Ceramics 1988-2011

Elif Uras (artist) - Reinventing tradition: Iznik pottery and shifting notions of gender and class

Charlotte Bank (independent art historian and curator) - Subversive porcelain: social and political commentary in the works of contemporary artists from the Middle East


Closing remarks: Oya Pancaroğlu (Boğaziçi University)