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Syria’s Art and Architecture: A Multicultural History

Conferences & Symposia

Syria’s Art and Architecture: A Multicultural History

Date: Sat, Oct 29, 2016 09:30AM - Sat, Oct 29, 2016 04:00PM
Price: $75, $68 Friends, $35 students and seniors

Attend both the Symposium and Arias and Maqams and save!

*Complement your Symposium experience with a visit to our galleries! Symposium tickets also go towards General Admission only on October 29 and 30.

Syria has been home to some of the great world civilizations over many millennia. The art and architecture of Syria reveal the richness of its multicultural heritage and the diversity of its artistic production.

Join Dr. Ruba Kana’an (Aga Khan Museum) and Professor Nasser Rabbat (MIT) for a weekend of exciting talks that take you on a journey through the most iconic arts and monuments of Syria.

Ten international experts give illustrated presentations on their recent research covering Syria’s long history from ancient times to the classical and Islamic periods. For the full program, paper abstracts, and bios, see the links below.

Co-organized with Professor Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, MIT.

Program Details

Saturday, October 29  
9:30 am Coffee and Registration
10–10:45 am Plenary Talk
Syria: Where Cultures Met
by Professor Nasser Rabbat (MIT, United States)
10:45 am–12:45 pm Session 1: Ancient Syria
The Temple of the Storm-God of Aleppo by Kay Kohlmeyer (HTW University, Germany)
Palmyra by Manar Hammad (Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle — Paris III, France)
Living the “Jerash Way” by Alan Walmsley (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
2–4 pm Session 2: Islamic Syria
Writing in Gold by Marcus Milwright (University of Victoria, Canada)
Contested Pieties by Yasser Tabbaa (Independent Scholar, United States)
Building a Reputation by Ellen Kenny (The American University in Cairo, Egypt)
4 pm Exhibition Visit (see Syria: A Living History with exhibition interpreters in the gallery)
8 pm Optional Performance (ticket purchase required, discount available for Symposium participants)
Arias and Maqams with performer Lubana al Quntar
Sunday, October 30  
10 am–12 pm Session 3: Modern Syria
Depicting Damascus’ Hinterland by Dana Sajdi (Boston College, United States)
The Drama of Damascus by Christa Salamandra (City University of New York, United States)
A Worldly Icon? by Anneka Lenssen (University of California, Berkeley, United States)

Download the Recommended Reading List

Download a Detailed Program Schedule

Download a Book Abstracts and Speaker Bios

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