Past Speakers

While not every talk is recorded, video recordings are linked when available.


Friday, May 24, 2024
Sarah Slingluff (University of Edinburgh) and Deniz Vural (University of
Can Scholars of Islamic Art Help Decolonize Video Games?: The Case of Assassin’s Creed Mirage

Friday, May 3, 2024
Mahroo Moosavi (Max-Planck Institute, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz; Museum of Islamic Art, Pergamon Museum, Berlin)
The Garden of Laylī-u-Majnūn’s Phantasma: Temporal Architectonics in the Illustrations of a Bodleian Copy of the Khamsa of Niẓāmī

Friday, April 19, 2024
Haleh Hajyasini (Art University of Tehran)
Digitizing the Adel Farhangi Photographic Archive of Iran’s Historical Monuments

Friday, April 5, 2024
Farshid Emami (Rice University)
Inhabiting a Cosmopolis: Urban Quarters and Civic Selves in Safavid Isfahan

Friday, March 22, 2024
Elizabeth Rodini (Vartan Gregorian Center for Research in the Humanities, New York Public Library)
As the World Turns: The On-Going Geopolitics of Gentile Bellini’s Portrait of Sultan Mehmed II

Friday, March 8, 2024
Mikael Muehlbauer (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
The Fatimid Mausoleum at Qus (Upper Egypt) and Antiochene Cosmography

Friday, February 23, 2024
Ana Marija Grbanovic (University of Bamberg)
Patterns and Constellations of Ilkhanid Stucco Production

Friday, February 9, 2024
Mogheesa Hasnain Rajput (Independent Researcher)
Captive Memories: The Mosque of Wünsdorf

Friday, January 26, 2024
Marianna Shreve Simpson (Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania)
Master of the Minute: ʿAbdullah al-Shirazi, Artistic Identity and Art Historical

FALL 2023

Friday, December 1, 2023
Veronika Poier (University of Vienna)
Mediation between Architecture, Word, and Image: The Inscriptions of the Green Complex (1419-1424) for Sultan Mehmed I in Bursa

Friday, November 17, 2023
Alexandra Solovyev (University of Oxford)
Photographing Ephesus in the Railway Age

Friday, November 3, 2023
Meriem Ben Ammar (University of Cagliari)
The Study of the Sābāṭ in the Islamic City: Relationships between Architecture and Jurisprudence

Friday, October 20, 2023
Kianoosh Motaghedi (Independent Scholar, Tehran)
The Glory of European Narratives and Themes in Qajar Tiles from Nineteenth-Century Palaces of Tehran

Friday, October 6, 2023
Onur Öztürk (Columbia College Chicago)
What Happened to Chicago’s Only Islamic Art Gallery? Reflections on Recent Curatorial Decisions at the Art Institute of Chicago

Friday, September 22, 2023
Péter Nagy (Qatar Museums, Doha)
Historical Consciousness in Architectural Patronage: The Tradition of Royal Tombs in Morocco

Friday, September 8, 2023
Negar Habibi (University of Geneva)
Pozzi’s Persian Collection in Geneva: A History of Collecting


Friday, May 19, 2023
Semra Horuz (MIT)
Picturing Modernity, History, and Mobility: Visuality in Late Ottoman Travelogues on Europe

Friday, May 5, 2023
Suzanne Compagnon (University of Vienna)
Designing clothed figures in early eighteenth-century Ottoman Istanbul 

Friday, April 21, 2023
Sarah Slingluff (University of Edinburgh)
A Monumental Year: Codifying Christian Architectural History in the Spanish Republic’s Decree of June 3, 1931

Friday, April 7, 2023
Günseli Gürel (University of Oxford)
Picturing Antiquities at the Ottoman Court, 1595-1603

Friday, March 24, 2023
Zohreh Soltani (Ithaca College)
Speculative Heritage: Azadi Tower as the Monument of Solidarity in Contemporary Iran

Friday, March 10, 2023
Patricia Blessing (Princeton University)
Architecture and Material Politics in the Fifteenth-century Ottoman Empire

Friday, February 24, 2023
Mehran Qureshi (Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora, Kashmir)
The Sultanate Period Gravestones of Mazar-i-Kalan and Mazar-i-Salatin, Kashmir

Friday, February 10, 2023 
Pamela Karimi (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth)
“Woman, Life, Freedom”: Art of Revolution in Five Acts

FALL 2021/Spring 2022

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Deniz Karakaş (Tulane University)
A Curious Exchange between Builders and Physicians: Itineraries of Tasty Waters (mâ-i leziz) in Early Modern Istanbul

Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Gül Kale (Carleton University)
From Construction Sites to the Frontier: Mathematical Tools and Practitioners in the Ottoman Empire, 17th to 18th Century

Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Maryam Kheradmand (University of Religions and Denominations, Iran)
Emotions in Response to Artworks According to Ibn Sīnā’s Philosophy

Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Amanda Lazillo (Princeton University)
Illustrating Artisanship: Urdu Printed Manuals and Artisan Education in India

Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Nasser Rabbat (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Al-Maqrizi’s Notion of History

Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Feray Coşkun (Özyeğin University)
The Legacy of Early Islamic Memory in Istanbul: The Shrine of Abū Ayyūb al-Anṣārī

Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Meriem Ben Ammar (University of Cagliari)
The Contribution of Hanafi Jurists to the Urban Domain of the Islamic City

Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Matthew Gilman (Columbia University)
The Immaterial Remains of Glassworking in Abbasid Baghdad

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Thadeus Dowad (Northwestern University)
Ottoman Portraiture in the Age of Revolutions: Kapıdağlı Paints Selim III

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Carine Lemyre (University of St Andrews)
Le chemin de fer de Beyrouth à Damas: French Infrastructure, Political Control and Profit in Ottoman Syria

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Ünver Rüstem (Johns Hopkins University)
In the Shadow of Gothic: Ottoman Mosque Architecture in Cyprus

FALL 2020/SPring 2021

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Nicolas Roth (Harvard University)
Strange and Wonderful Structures: Architectural Description in Eighteenth-Century Urdu Literature

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Reza Sheikh (Independent researcher)
“Putting the Shah in the Landscape” – a new book on Nasseredin Shah Qajar’s physician Dr. Joseph Désiré Tholozan (1820-1897) and his photo-albums kept at the Middle East Centre Archive – St Antony’s College – Oxford University

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Juan de Lara (Asia House & The Institute of Archaeology, UCL, London)
‘Islamic Hellenism:’ The emergence of Islamic art in Arabia within the globalised culture of Late Antiquity

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Hakim Sameer Hamdani (Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage)
Islamic Religious Architecture of Kashmir: A Case of Syncretism and Regional Identity 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Jaimee Comstock-Skipp (Leiden University)
Not a Shāh-nāma but a Khān-nāma: the Shībānī-nāma and Illustrated Historiographies at the Intersection of Abu’l-Khairid Uzbeks and Ottomans

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Christopher Morse (Université du Luxembourg)
#AtHomeAtTheMuseum: Digital Culture in the Age of Decolonization

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Zeinab Tamassoki (Shahid Beheshti University)
How a Persian Architectural Form Wore a European Identity: “Chapeau” as the Trendy Building Type in Iran (1785- 1925)

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Sahar Hosseini (University of Pittsburgh)
The Invisible Lake of Sa’adat-Abad Complex and Architecture of Sensory Affect

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Esther Voswinckel (German Orient Institute, Istanbul)
The Textile Belongings of a Sufi Saint in Istanbul

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Inigo Almela (Alexander von Humboldt foundation)
Religious Architecture and Urban Development in Marrakech

Thursday, February 18, 2021
Nikolaos Vryzidis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Itinerant Objects, Naturalised Ornament: Islamic Material Culture in Later Byzantium

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Abbey Stockstill (Southern Methodist University)
A Maghribi Mecca or Medina? The Mosque at Tinmal in Almohad Ritual Practice

Thursday, January 21, 2021
Side Emre (Texas A&M University)
From Ibn al-ʿArabi’s ‘Inshaʿ al-Dawaʾir’ to Muhyi’s ‘Daʾire-i Cihannüma’: Diagrammic Representations of a Distinctive Worldview in the Early Modern Ottoman World

Friday, January 15, 2021
Elizabeth Rauh (AUC)
Experiments in Eden: Midcentury Iraqi Artist Voyages into the Mesopotamian Marshlands

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Olga Nefedova (National Research University HSE, Moscow)
Three Monumental Murals for Baghdad: Reflections on Data from Mahmoud Sabri’s, Shams al-Din Faris’s, Ahmed al-Numan’s Years as Art Students in the USSR

Thursday, December 3, 2020
Kianoosh Motaghedi (Independent researcher, Tehran)
The Impact of Photography on Pictorial Qajar Tiles

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Melis Taner (Ozyegin University) and Mahnaz Yousefzadeh (NYU)
Royal Ottoman Genealogies in the 16th Century: A Conversation about Recent Archival Finds

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Gwendolyn Collaço (LACMA)
Mapping Relationships between 17th c. Ottoman Costume Albums: Combining Digital Tools with Codicological Analysis to Construct a History of Collecting Trends

Thursday, October 8, 2020
Christiane Gruber (University of Michigan)
Engines of Prophecy: Materializing Muhammad in the Modern Islamic World

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Fuchsia Hart (University of Oxford)
Pilgrimage and Patronage: The Shrine of Imam Reza During the Reign of Fath ‘Ali Shah (1797-1834)

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Hilal Uğurlu (MEF University, Istanbul)
From Ceremony to Spectacle: Changing Perception of Hagia Sophia Through the Night of Decree (Layla’t-ul Kadr) Prayer Ceremonies

Spring/SUMMER 2020

August 13, 2020
Nora Lessersohn (University College London)
Slavery in Turkey: Analyzing Ottoman American Photographs from the Civil War Era

July 30, 2020
Negar Habibi (University of Geneva)
Occident, Occidentalism and Occidentalizing Art: A Persian Gaze at the Other

July 16, 2020
Stephennie Mulder (The University of Texas at Austin) and Yael Rice (Amherst College)
Contested Codices: The Legal, Ethical, & Moral Ramifications for the Sale of Islamic Manuscripts Today

July 2, 2020
Katie Hickerson (University of Chicago)
Anti-Blackness and Orientalist Fantasy: a War Photographer’s ‘Arabian Nights’

June 18, 2020
Sabiha Göloğlu (University of Vienna)
Printing and Painting, Sanctity and Protection: Representations of Mecca and Medina in Late Ottoman Visual Culture

June 4, 2020
Alex Dika Seggerman (Rutgers University)
‘An Entirely Personal Re-Creation’: K.A.C. Creswell’s Photographs of Islamic Architecture

May 21, 2020
Emily Neumeier (Temple University)
Constructing Orientalism in Interwar Florida