Thursday, November 2, 2017

Location: Cheek Theater, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

4:30 – 5pm: Registration

5 – 6:45pm: Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address

Opening Address: HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani

Keynote Address: Lalla Essaydi, Gender, Power, and Tradition


Friday, November 3, 2017

Location: Cheek Theater, VMFA

8:30 – 9am: Registration

9 – 9:15am: Opening Remarks, Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom, Symposium Co-Chairs and shared holders of the Hamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair in Islamic Art at VCU

9:15 – 10am: Wijdan al-Hashemi, Contemporary or Modern Islamic Art?

10 – 10:45am: Nada Shabout, Contemporary Trajectories: Iraqi Art in Context

10:45 – 11:15am: Coffee Break

11:15am – 12pm: Nacim Pak-Shiraz, Iranian Cinema Today: An Ode to the Past and New Directions in the Future?

12 – 12:45pm: Mohammad al-Asad, Whose history Is It Anyway: The Presence of the Past in the Architecture of the Arab Middle East over the Past Century and a Half

1 – 2:15pm: Lunch (Note: lunch is not provided by the Symposium; the VMFA has both a restaurant and a café that are open during the week)

2:30 – 3:15pm: Newsha Tavakolian, A Shah, a Russian and My Grandfather: Iranian Photography, a History

3:15 – 3:45pm: Audience questions and discussion


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Location: Cheek Theater, VMFA

8:30 – 9am: Registration

9 – 9:15am: Opening Remarks, Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom, Symposium Co-Chairs and shared holders of the Hamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair in Islamic Art at VCU

9:15 – 10am: Linda Komaroff, Islamic Art Now and Then

10 – 10:45am: Venetia Porter, Narratives of the Middle East: What Does the Contemporary Art of the Middle East Tell Us about the Cultures, History and Politics of the Middle East Today and How Does this Collecting Fit within the Context of the British Museum?

10:45 – 11:15am: Coffee Break

11:15am – 12pm: Stefano Carboni, Collecting ‘Islamic’ Art in Southeast Asia and Australia: Past, Present and Future

12 – 12:45pm: Pending

1 – 2:15pm: Lunch (Note: lunch is not provided by the Symposium; the VMFA has both a restaurant and a café that are open during the week)

2:30 – 3:15pm: Hassan Hajjaj, Hub Wahad: On Finding Inspiration in a Community of Nomads.

3:15 – 4pm: Shahzia Sikander, Paper Title TBD

4 – 4:30pm: Audience questions and discussion

4:30 – 5:15pm: Closing Reception