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Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2008
From: Emine Fetvaci <efetvaci@...
Call for Papers for MESA 2008:
"Arts of the Book in the Islamic World: Rethinking Categories"
Implicitly or explicitly, as art historians, we all bring frameworks of
classification to bear on our study of illustrated manuscripts from the
Islamic world. Whether we conceive of them along linguistic lines,
dynastic categories, or visual idioms; or we make content based
distinctions such as scientific, historical, or literary manuscripts,
we subscribe to some system of categorization. All of these grouping
systems have advantages and disadvantages, and there are significant
exceptions that cannot be encompassed by any of them. It is these
categories that we would like to question during the proposed panel,
?Arts of the Book in the Islamic World: Rethinking Categories.? We
would like to invite papers concerned with methodology and
classification in the study of manuscripts, preferably deriving from
the concrete examples that you are working on. The contours of the
panel will be determined by the papers presented, but a few questions
that are of interest to us are the following: can we talk of a
?historical? or ?religious? visual idiom within any given dynastic or
linguistic group, how do we account for cultural exchange between
different courts such as Yuan China and the Ilkhanids, or how do we
reconcile the eclectic collection of manuscripts at the Ottoman royal
library with the products of their manuscript studios.
If you are interested in participating, please send a short abstract by
Wednesday February 13 to Emine Fetvaci (fetvaci@...
) and Persis