Appel à communication – 8th HIAA symposium, Houston, 2-4 Mars 2023 (date limite 8 avril 2022)


The 8th HIAA Biennial will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Rice University, on March 2-4, 2023. The theme will be “Expanding Contexts.”As historians of Islamic art and architecture, we often deal with objects and edifices that are spatially and temporally removed from their contexts. Artworks are displayed in glass cases in museum galleries and heavily restored monuments offer little clue of the social life that once unfolded in and around them.

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[Vidéo] Mirjam Shatanawi, Indonesian Islamic Art, 18-20 Octobre 2012, HIAA, The Met

Historians of Islamic Arts Association, Third Biennial Symposium : Looking Widely, Looking Closely, October 18-20, 2012, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A glimpse at the most commonly used survey books of Islamic art and architecture is revealing: none of them devote any attention to Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country. Likewise, exhibitions of Islamic art in museums, with very few exceptions, stop at the borders of South Asia. The exclusion of Indonesia from the field of Islamic art can be traced back to the late 19th century when Western art historians and museums started to study the artefacts they collected from Muslim regions, and Islamic art as a field of enquiry emerged.

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