SOAS University of London

SOAS scholar awarded further Getty Foundation funding to work on art and archaeology of Crusades

25 November 2016

Scott Redford, Nasser D. Khalili Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology at SOAS University of London has been awarded a grant of $115,000 by the Getty Foundation for a project exploring the art and archaeology of the Crusades.

The award follows Professor Redford’s two-year grant of $335,000 from the Getty Foundation in 2014 for the project ‘The Art and Archaeology of the Crusades: A Reconsideration’. The project formed part of the Los Angeles-based Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative devoted to increasing opportunities for intellectual exchange among scholars across national borders. Professor Redford hosted workshops in four countries of the eastern Mediterranean impacted by the Crusades: Turkey, Greece, Israel, and Jordan.

This year’s award is for a ‘Capstone Seminar’, an extra, supplementary and final workshop in London as part of ‘The Art and Archaeology of the Crusades: A Reconsideration’ project. This meeting, which will take place at SOAS in mid-July next year, will allow researchers involved in the project to have meetings and visit museum collections, and will also give the junior scholars research time in London's libraries, museums, and archives.

Professor Redford will also be holding joint meetings between the 'Crusades' researchers and researchers working on a Getty Connecting Art Histories project, ‘Crossing Frontiers: Christians and Muslims and their Art in Eastern Anatolia and the Caucasus’ convened by Professor Antony Eastmond at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

The Getty Foundation supports institutions and individuals committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Through strategic grant initiatives, it strengthens art history as a global discipline, promotes the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, increases access to museum and archival collections, and develops current and future leaders in the visual arts. It carries out its work in collaboration with the other Getty Programs to ensure that they individually and collectively achieve maximum effect.

To find out more on ‘The Art and Archaeology of the Crusades: A Reconsideration’ project visit SOAS’s research pages.