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: Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

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


Friday, November 3, 2017

Location: Cheek Theater, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

8:30 – 9am: Conference Registration

9 – 9:15am: Opening Remarks, Sheila Blair, Symposium Co-Chair

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 Lands of Islam over the Past Century and a Half

1 – 2:15pm: Lunch (Note: lunch is not provided by the Symposium; The Best Café on the ground floor of the VMFA will be open for lunch)

2:15 – 3:00pm: Newsha Tavakolian, A Shah, a Russian and My Grandfather: Iranian Photography, a History

3:00 – 3:45pm: Audience questions and discussion


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Location: Cheek Theater, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

9:30 – 10am: Conference Registration

10 – 10:15am: Opening Remarks, Jonathan Bloom, Symposium Co-Chair

10:15 – 11am: Shahzia Sikander, The Future of the Indo-Persian Miniature Painting Tradition

11 – 11:45am: Linda Komaroff, Islamic Art Now and Then

11:45 – 12:30pm: Hassan Hajjaj, in conversation with Alice Planel, Hub Wahad: On Finding Inspiration in a Community of Nomads

12:30 – 2pm: Lunch (Note: lunch is not provided by the Symposium; The Best Café on the ground floor of the VMFA will be open for lunch)

2 – 2:45pm: Venetia Porter, What does the contemporary art of the Middle East tell us about the cultures, history and politics of the region today?

2:45pm – 3pm: Stefano Carboni, Collecting ‘Islamic’ Art in Southeast Asia and Australia: Past, Present and Future

3:30 – 4:15pm: Audience questions and discussion

4:15 – 5pm: Closing Reception