[R6294] Mapping Art Histories in the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey

Created by Sarah Rogers
Friday, 12/03/21 2:00 pm


With the increasing interest in the modern and contemporary arts of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey, the need for the field’s historiography is vital. As it stands now, it seems that this historiography is being developed mostly in the diaspora. The imbalance of this situation prompts inquiry into the state of the discipline of art history in the region. Throughout the Middle East and North African region there are many academic art programs in institutions of higher education that have been training generations of artists and educators. While some have a long history, others have been initiated only recently. Some, such as American University of Beirut’s recently established Masters of Art History and Curating focus specifically on modern and contemporary art in the region. A small body of existing literature on art institutions in the MENA exists. However, relevant information is scattered and not easily accessible, rendering art historiographies difficult to compile and study in comparative perspective. The 2020-2022 project, Mapping Art Histories in the Arab World, Iran and Turkey, aims to compile information about teaching arts history across 14 countries in the region, and make that data available for scholars, researchers and students in order to develop a better understanding of global art history. Funded by The Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative, the project works toward a more inclusive understanding of how art history is perceived and art historiographies in the region is negotiated. This roundtable initiates a space that engages a number of project participants and other scholars of multi-disciplines and countries to discuss challenges both practical and theoretical.


Association for Modern & Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey (AMCA)


Art/Art Hist; Art/Art Hist; Art/Art Hist




Nada M. Shabout

(University of North Texas)
Nada Shabout University of North Texas, Department of Art Education and Art History, College of Visual Arts and Design: Professor of Art History (2014-Present); Associate Professor of Art History (2008-2014); Director of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim...
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair;

Sarah Rogers

(Middlebury College)
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair; Organizer;

Pamela Karimi

(University of Massachusetts)
Pamela Karimi received her PhD from the History, Theory & Criticism of Art and Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009. Her primary area of specialization is art, architecture, and visual culture of the modern Middle East. Her...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Dina A. Ramadan

(Bard College)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Anneka Lenssen

Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Jessica Gerschultz

(University of Kansas)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Sarah-Neel Smith

(Maryland Institute College of Art)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Tiffany Floyd

(Columbia University)
Tiffany is a PhD candidate specializing in twentieth-century Iraqi art, working on understanding the relationship between Iraqi modern art and the country's rich antique past. Her primary research interest thus include the politics of archaeology and...
Panel Participating Role(s): Discussant;