The Hamad bin Khalifa Travel Fellowship provides full financial support to up to 10 individuals who wish to attend the Symposium, covering the cost of their travel, meals and lodging and special events. These fellowships, which are underwritten by our sponsors – VCUarts, VCUarts Qatar and the Qatar Foundation – are intended to enable junior and senior scholars at all levels to attend the symposium. Preference will be given to applicants from diverse backgrounds with long-standing research interests in Islamic art and architecture, especially those that are currently working on a project that relates to the symposium theme.

The 2017 Hamad bin Khalifa Travel Fellows include:

  • Suraiya Akhter, Associate Professor, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, currently a PhD research scholar at the Center for Historical Studies, School of Social Science, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India.
  • Esameddin Alhadi, lecturer of Arabic cultural studies and Islamic material culture at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
  • Sam Bowker, PhD, Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Australia where he teaches Australia’s only undergraduate subject dedicated to Islamic Art & Design.
  • Diana Y. Chou, PhD, Associate Curator of Asian Art at The San Diego Museum of Art with research interests that include the artistic and cultural exchanges between Sassanian Empire and Tang Dynasty, and between the Ilkhanids and Mongol Yuan.
  • Nancy Demerdash, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of Visual Arts at Wells College with previous publications on modern and contemporary art and architecture of the Middle East and North Africa in the International Journal of Islamic ArchitectureNew Middle Eastern StudiesJournal of North African StudiesPerspective: actualité en histoire de l’art and the Journal of Arabian Studies.
  • Aslihan Erkmen, PhD, lecturer at Istanbul Technical University, Department of Fine Arts, with research interests in the Islamic art of books, illustrated manuscripts, Ottoman decorative arts and Anatolian Seljuk geometry.
  • Nadia Kurd, PhD, Curator of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Ontario, Canada, where her research examines the text-based work of Pakistani-Canadian artist Amin Rehman.
  • Roberta Marin, tutor of the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art at SOAS University of London and organiser of the conference “Venice Biennale and the Arab World” (Venice, 19-20 October 2017) with research interests that include Mamluk art, Oriental carpets and textiles and modern and contemporary art from the Arab world and Iran.
  • Rita Elizabeth Risser, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at United Arab Emirates University, currently developing a curatorial studies program for the College of Humanities at UAEU.
  • Samine Tabatabaei, PhD Candidate in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University, whose dissertation, Chronopolitics of Contemporaneity in Iranian Art, investigates recent intellectual and material attempts to render legible the transnational, diasporic, and heterogeneous features of contemporary Iranian art.