Call for Paper – Expanding Islamic Art Historiography: The 1873 Vienna World’s Fair Conference, November 12–13, 2021, University of Vienna, Deadline : 18 apr. 2021

CfP: This conference aims to look at the Vienna Fair as an intersection of processes and phenomena that contributed to Islamic art historiography. As the sesquicentennial is approaching, theconference will explore the Fair as spaces for exhibiting Islamic arts and architecture, for their commercial and artistic reception, and for setting scholarship in motion.

Looking through the lens of the Fair and investigating its making and impact reveals processes that contributed to perceiving and categorising, collecting and studying, institutionalising and commercialising Islamic art, within international, national, and local perspectives.

The organisers invite papers ranging from case studies to theory discussions (see overleaf).Please send an abstract (250 words) and a preliminary title to by April 18, 2021.

Abstracts will undergo peer review. Applicants will be notified by 26 May 2021.The conference will take place at the University of Vienna. Papers presented in person are preferred, while online participation is possible. Participants presenting a paper will be offered financial support for travel and accommodation. The organisers intend to publish the conference papers in a volume that meets the sesquicentennial in 2023.

Organisers:Markus Ritter, Dr phil., Professor History of Islamic Art;Sabiha Göloğlu, PhD; Franziska Niemand, MA;Department of Art History, University of Vienna, Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Vienna, Austria.

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