Call for participants - Islamic Arts in Australia and Aotearoa / NZ

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Dear Colleagues,

This is an open call for curators, scholars, librarians and archivists, and other researchers who work in Australia and Aotearoa / New Zealand, and whose work engages with the material and visual cultures of the ‘Islamic’ world.

This call for participation seeks to renew the network of “who is who” in this diverse field of ongoing research. We want to know how ‘Islamic’ arts (broadly speaking) are represented within Australia, and what expertise and capacities may be developed further through our shared interests.

We are interested in how these contested fields are represented in cultural institutions, tertiary education, creative practice, and/or private collections in Australia and Aotearoa / NZ. The Iranzamin exhibition ( at the Powerhouse Museum (in Ultimo, Sydney from 19 March - 8 August 2021) and its related academic and public events, as well as the ‘Islamic Art in Australia’ ( edition of TAASA Review (Vol 29, Issue 3, September 2020) prove that there is desire and demand for engagement with ‘Islamic’ art within Australia and Aotearoa / NZ.

Through this initiative we hope to expand and renew the network of specialists who are contributing to this global field, noting how our perspectives are shaped by our locations, resources and historical context. In order to welcome new and established voices, we would like to host a virtual meeting during the last week of August 2021 to discuss the possibilities of collaboration.

These opportunities may include but not limited to:

• The establishment of a dedicated regional network and mailing list,

• Plans for the development of new exhibitions or critical writing,

• Tracking and publishing related collections, archives and objects,

• The production of new peer-reviewed research, including grant applications or thematic journal editions, and postgraduate supervisor or reviewer capacity.


If you who would like to contribute to this regional initiative, please send a short biography (up to 500 words) and your CV to both and by 15 August 2021.

Kind regards,

Dr. Sam Bowker, Senior Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture, Charles Sturt University ( Prof. Pedram Khosronejad, Curator of Persian Arts, Powerhouse Museum and Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney University (