SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Islamic Art Circle Lectures

Chaired by Professor Scott Redford

The first two lectures will be held in Lecture Theatre DLT (the former G2) just behind the main reception desk where you sign in

All subsequent lectures begin at 7.00 p.m. in the Khalili Lecture Theatre (Main School Lecture Theatre), Philips Building, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG.

For further information please contact Rosalind Wade Haddon: 01608 730769.

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The Fifth Bahari Foundation Lecture in Iranian Art and Culture

Jon Thompson, Independent Scholar

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances Dr Simon Rettig is unable to deliver his lecture on New Thoughts on the Freer's Khusraw u Shirin manuscript and that Jon Thompson, Independent Scholar will instead deliver a lecture on Motifs and Mysteries; a Persian Carpet Miscellany

 

16 March 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, KLT, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Numismatic Evidence from Fustat: a Presentation in Memory of George T. Scanlon

Professor Jere Bacharach, Professor Emeritus of History, Stanley D. Golub Professor Emeritus of International Relations, Department of History, University of Washington, Seattle

Please note there is a room change due to KLT renovations - this will now be held in DLT (formerly G2), Main Building to left of Reception Desk

14 October 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, DLT, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Kaaba and the Kiswa

Dr Simon O’Meara (Lecturer in Islamic Art and Archaeology, SOAS)

Please note there is a room change due to KLT renovations - this will now be held in DLT (formerly G2), Main Building to left of Reception Desk

10 June 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, DLT, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Baysunghur’s Books: Codifying Form and Aesthetic Value

Dr David Roxburgh (Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic of Art History, Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. History of Art and Architecture Harvard University, USA)
Yarshater Lecture Series 

‘In the Rays of Light of Imperial Favour’: the Visual Arts of Early Fifteenth-Century Timurid Herat

20 January 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Modelling Artistic Process: The Kitābkhāna and ʿArzadāsht

Dr David Roxburgh (Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic of Art History, Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. History of Art and Architecture Harvard University, USA)
Yarshater Lecture Series 

‘In the Rays of Light of Imperial Favour’: the Visual Arts of Early Fifteenth-Century Timurid Herat

19 January 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Timurid-Ming Embassy of 1419-22: Art after China

Dr David Roxburgh Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic of Art History, Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. History of Art and Architecture Harvard University, USA
Yarshater Lecture Series 

‘In the Rays of Light of Imperial Favour’: the Visual Arts of Early Fifteenth-Century Timurid Herat

16 January 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Timurid Herat: The City as a Setting for Art and Literature

Dr David Roxburgh (Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic of Art History, Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. History of Art and Architecture Harvard University, USA)
Yarshater Lecture Series 

‘In the Rays of Light of Imperial Favour’: the Visual Arts of Early Fifteenth-Century Timurid Herat

15 January 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Armenian Patrons for Chinese Commodities: Trade Networks and Cultural Exchange across Asia

Dr Manginis

We regret to announce that our April lecturer, Dr Yusuf Natsheh, is unable to obtain a visa in time, so has had to postpone his talk on Ottoman Jerusalem. Bureaucracy permitting he will be able to come in the autumn and we will keep you advised.  The following lecture will be given instead:

23 April 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Incorporating Spolia in Alexandria

Dr Hélène Fragaki (Associate Researcher - UMRArScAn, Maison René Ginouvès, Nanterre, France)
10 October 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Venetian Reuse of Art Objects

Dr Stefania Gervini (Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy)
6 February 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Hadassah and Daniel Khalili Memorial Lecture in Islamic Art and Culture

Professor Jeremy Johns (Professor of the Art and Archaeology of the Islamic Mediterranean Director, Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East, University of Oxford)

The Painted Ceilings of the Cappella Palatina in Palermo

5 December 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Enigma of Ibrahim Pashaʼs Palace

Professor Nurhan Atasoy (Turkish Cultural Foundation Scholar in Residence, Istanbul)
10 October 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Seeing in Isfahan: Expanding Gaze for an Early Modern Capital

Professor Renata Holod, College for Women Class of 1963 Term Professor in the Humanities, History of Art Department; Curator, Near East Section, PENN Museum, University of Pennsylvania, USA

The Bahari Foundation Lecture in Iranian Art and Culture

18 April 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Archaeology of Suakin

Dr Jacke Phillips, Research Fellow, SOAS
14 March 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Raqqa – Qasr Banat

Prof Oliver Watson, IM Pei Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, University of Oxford
8 February 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Cosmic Cup in Medieval and Later Persian Art

Dr Marianna Shreve Simpson, Independent Scholar, Maryland, USA and Pres Lecturer in Islamic Art and Architecture, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford

The Hadassah and Daniel Khalili Memorial Lecture in Islamic Art and Culture

18 January 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

New Light on Ottoman Goldsmiths’ Work

Professor Michael Rogers, Hon Curator, Khalili Collection, London
16 November 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Yarshater Lecture Series

Professor Sheila Blair, Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art, Boston College

13, 14, 17 & 18 January

From the Samanids to the Safavids: Persian Art in Medieval Times

  1. Word and Image:  A bowl from Nishapur
  2. Perfuming the Air:  a Rosewater sprinkler from Herat
  3. Monumentality under the Mongols:  The tomb of Uljaytu at Sultaniyya
  4. Rediscovering roots: the Ardabil Carpets
13 January 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Many Orients of Osman Hamdi Bey

Professor Edhem Elden - Bogazici University, Istanbul
9 June 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Ottoman Art between Asia and Europe

Mr Tim Stanley - Senior Curator, Middle East Department, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
12 May 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Transitions in Late Timurid Painting

Professor David Roxburgh - Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic Art History, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
21 April 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Hammams of Tunis

Dr Fodil Fadli (University of Liverpool)

Hammams of Tunis

20 May 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Peripheral Visions? Islam and Visuality in Monsoon Asia

Dr Elizabeth Lambourn (Senior Research Fellow de Montfort University, Leicester and Research Associate, Centre of SE Asian Studies, SOAS, London University)

Peripheral Visions? Islam and Visuality in Monsoon Asia

22 April 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shiraz Venues in 16th Century Shiraz Illustrations

Dr Lale Uluç (Assistant Professor in the History Department at the Bosphorous University, Istanbul)

Shiraz Venues in 16th Century Shiraz Illustrations

18 March 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Unknown Tile Examples from the Topkapý Palace Deposits

Professor Filiz Yenisherlioglu (Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture, Bashkent University, Istanbul)

Unknown Tile Examples from the Topkapý Palace Deposits

18 February 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Manuscript Illumination in Safavid Iran.

Dr Sheila Canby (Curator of Islamic Art and Antiquities, Department of the Middle East, British Museum)

4. The relationship of Safavid illumination to pottery and metalwork

20 January 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Manuscript Illumination in Safavid Iran.

Dr Sheila Canby (Curator of Islamic Art and Antiquities, Department of the Middle East, British Museum)

3. Illuminators and scribes

19 January 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Manuscript Illumination in Safavid Iran.

Dr Sheila Canby (Curator of Islamic Art and Antiquities, Department of the Middle East, British Museum)

2. Styles and schools of illumination: Herat, Tabriz, Isfahan and Shiraz

16 January 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Manuscript Illumination in Safavid Iran.

Dr Sheila Canby (Curator of Islamic Art and Antiquities, Department of the Middle East, British Museum)

1. Precedents and nomenclature

15 January 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Hadassah and Daniel Khalili Memorial Lecture in Islamic Art and Culture

Professor Giovanni Curatola (Professor of Islamic Art History and Archaeology, University of Udine, Italy)

The Hadassah and Daniel Khalili Memorial Lecture in Islamic Art and Culture

Venice, Carpaccio and the Oriental Carpets

3 December 2008, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Reaching New Heights: Material Culture and Ceremonial in Fatimid Egypt

Dr Fahmida Suleman (Research Assistant, Department of the Middle East, British Museum and Research Associate, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London)

Reaching New Heights: Material Culture and Ceremonial in Fatimid Egypt

19 November 2008, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Citadel of Aleppo: Recent Excavations

Dr Julia Gonnella (Free University, Berlin)

The Citadel of Aleppo: Recent Excavations

14 May 2008, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Restoration of the Madrasah al-‘Ameriyya Rada‘, Yemen

Dr Selma al-Radi (Independent Scholar)

The Restoration of the Madrasah al-‘Ameriyya Rada‘, Yemen.

Please note this lecture will start at 6.30 pm and be followed by a film titled Qudad – Reinventing a Tradition
presented by Italian film-maker Caterina Borelli

16 January 2008, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM