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Attend: Art and Ideology in the Twelfth-Century Western Mediterranean (NYC: 15 October)

The Bard Graduate Center presents, “,” a colloquium sponsored by the Trehan Research Fund for Islamic Art and Material Culture in conjunction with the Spain-North Africa Project, from 9am to 5:50pm on 15 October 2017 at 38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall, New York City.

In the twelfth century, new powers emerged throughout the Western Mediterranean, from the Almohads of North Africa to the Norman Kingdom of Sicily. In the Iberian Peninsula, upstart rulers with broad ambitions emerged in both Muslim and Christian territories. New city-states appeared with the dissolution of the Almoravid Empire in al-Andalus, and older kingdoms, including Castile-Leon and Aragon, began massive expansions under rulers who claimed imperial titles. This symposium explores how the rulers of this region deployed art (conceived in the broadest sense) to legitimate new claims, how they asserted their authority through the construction of palatial and liturgical spaces, and what kinds of objects their kingdoms produced, traded, or coveted. Talks will investigate how these rulers looked to imperial and caliphal precedents and rivals for models, how they elaborated on these models, and which communities of artisans and workmen they drew from. By bringing together scholars who work on the component kingdoms of this region, this symposium seeks to clarify the connections among them, crossing the geographic, ethnic, and religious lines imposed by modern scholarship. In doing so, it aims to develop new models for understanding the imbricated world of the medieval Western Mediterranean.

9 am - Welcome
Peter N. Miller (Dean and Professor, Bard Graduate Center)
• Abigail Krasner Balbale (Assistant Professor, Bard Graduate Center)
• Camilo Gómez-Rivas (Assistant Professor of Mediterranean Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz; President, Spain-North Africa Project)

9:15 am - Lev Arie Kapitaikin (Faculty Lecturer, Islamic Art, Tel Aviv University): “Evoking Tales in a Medieval Ceiling: Sulayman’s / Solomon’s Birds in the Capella Palatina of Palermo”

10 am - Juan Carlos Ruiz Souza (Professor of Art History, Complutense University of Madrid): “Al-Andalus and Castile in Front of Hispania: Art and Its Protagonists in the Construction of a Shared Identity”

11:15 am -  María Judith Feliciano (Independent Scholar)” “Twelfth-Century Textiles in Iberia at the Crossroads of Commerce and Ritual”

1 pm - Francisco Prado-Vilar (Director of Cultural and Artistic Projects, Harvard University, Real Colegio Complutense): “Laudes Regiae: Kingship, Transfiguration, and Eschatology in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela”

1:45 pm - Response and Q&A
Respondent : Abigail Krasner Balbale (Assistant Professor, Bard Graduate Center)

3 pm- Graduate Student Papers and Panel
Chair: Linda G. Jones (Ramón y Cajal Research Professor, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona)
• Umberto Bongianino (Doctoral Candidate, Islamic Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford, Khalili Research Center): “The Ideological Power of Some Almohad Illuminated Manuscripts”
• Negar Rokhgar (Doctoral Student, Art History, Rutgers University): “Squinches, Signifiers of Muslim-Norman Integration at the Church of S. Cataldo in Palermo”
• Heather Hoge (Doctoral Candidate, History of Art and Architecture, The Pennsylvania State University): “The Towers of Cefalù: A Display of Power in Roger II’s New Kingdom”

5 pm

RSVP is required. Please click on this registration link , email, or call 212.501.3019.

Source: Bard Graduate Center

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