2000 and before

Events Posters

Spring 2015

February 23
Architecture as an Appropriating Apparatus:
Muslim Nationalism and Designing Presidential Complex
of Islamabad, Pakistan

Farhan Karim
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow
Assistant Professor, University of Kansas
Bio & Abstract

March 16
Ceci n'est pas Damas: Arabic Prose Topographies of Damascus
Dana Sajdi
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow
Associate Professor, Boston College

April 27
Culture and Identity:
The Architecture of Jewish Holy Spaces in Isfahan, Iran

Mohammad Gharipour
Associate Professor, Morgan State University, Baltimore
Bio & Abstract

March 13

Representing the Wondrous Life of the Prophet in Islamic History
Nasser Rabbat Lecture In Boston College

4:30 pm, in Gasson Hall 305

Fall 014

September 22
Global Nomads:
Migration and Cultural Mobility in the Current Profession of Architecture

Asiya Chowdhury
Design Leader
Ian Schrager Company, New York
Abstract & Bio

October 20
6:00 pm in Barthos Theater, MIT

Homecoming after Death:
An Islamic Cemetery in Austria

Bernardo Bader
Architect & Principal, bernardo bader architekten, Dornbirn, Austria
Eva Grabherr
Director of the Center for Immigration and Integration, Vorarlberg, Austria
Azra Aksamija
Nasser Rabbat

November 3

What Constitutes Excellence in Islamic Geometric Design?
Historical and Contemporary Best Practice

Eric Broug
Author and educator, UK
Abstract & Bio

Special Workshop by Eric Broug
Tuesday, November 4, 10:00 am -1:00 pm in MIT room E25-117

A Practical Introduction to Islamic Geometric Design Workshop
Using only a pencil, a straight edge, and a pair of compasses, learn how to make patterns using the same techniques used by craftsmen for centuries. Learn how they used polygonal grids to design and scale their compositions. We will be making two patterns: one from the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, another from the Al-Mustansariyya madrasa in Baghdad.

November 17
Conflict, Convivencia, and the Life of Buildings
Michele Lamprakos
School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
University of Maryland-College Park
Abstract & Bio

Spring 2014

February 10
Mamalik and Mamalik:
The Citadel between Ayyubids and Seljuks in the Early 13th Century

Scott Redford
Professor, Department of Archaeology and History of Art
Koç University, Istanbul
Abstract & Bio

February 24
Tea with Nefertiti: or How the Arts Shape Culture
Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath
Founders of Art Reoriented
New York & Munich
Abstract & Bio

March 17
Understanding the Urban Heritage:
The Cultural Wire-Scape of Historic Lahore

Masood Khan
Heritage Consultant
Abstract & Bio

April 4
12:30 – 2:30 in room 4-231
Presentations by the 2013-14 Travel Grant Winners
Kian Goh, PhD DUSP Place in the Flows: Sustainable Urbanism and a Social Design Movement. Jakarta, Indonesia
Michael Kubo, PhD HTC Speculation: Oil Economy and Late Modernism 1973-1983. Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah
Hala Malik, SMArchS AKPIA Mapping domestic spaces of Lahore in the 1950's. Lahore, Pakistan
Emily Williamson, SMArchS AKPIA Research on the Black Volta Islamic Trade Networks. Ghana, West Africa

April 7
Around the Umayyad Mosque of Damascus:
New Data on the Role of Markets in the “Islamic City” of the Middle Ages

Elodie Vigouroux
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow
Abstract & Bio

April 11 & 12
MIT room 4-270
The Orangi Pilot Project and Legacy of Architect Perween Rehman

April 11, 6 pm, Keynote Speech, Arif Hasan, Architect, Karachi, Pakistan
April 12, 9 am - 5 pm

April 14
Nationalism, Sentimentality, and Judgment:
Cultivating Sympathy in the Syrian Uprising, 2011-2013

Lisa Wedeen
Professor of Political Science
University of Chicago
Abstract & Bio

May 5
The Historiography of Contemporary Architecture in the Gulf
Sumayah Al-Solaiman
Ibn Khaldun Fellow, MIT
Professor, College of Design
University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Abstract & Bio

Fall 2013

October 7
Producing a Borderscape:
Social and Spatial Engineering in Early Republican Elazig

Zeynep Kezer
Aga Khan Program Post-Doctoral Fellow
(Abstract & Bio)

November 4
Islamic landscapes in the Trapani Mountains (Sicily)
Antonio Rotolo
Aga Khan Program Post-Doctoral Fellow
(Abstract & Bio)

December 2
Mega-Projects in Islamic Countries:
At the Crossroads of Modernity and Tradition?

Richard Gönci
Creative Director
studio amd

Lectures are on Mondays at 6:00 pm in MIT room 3-133.
Free and open to the public

Two off campus lectures by Nasser Rabbat

Oct 23 at the MFA
The Middle East: A Mosaic of History, Art, and Culture (Details)

Nov 8 at the Met in New York
Syria: The Forgotten Heir of Antiquity (Details

Spring 2013

March 4
"Medieval Anatolia is Elsewhere:
Mapping Cultural Encounters and Impasses
of Architectural Historiography"

Suna Cagaptay (bio)
Bahcesehir University, Turkey
AKPIA@MIT fellow 2012-13

March 11
The Aleppo-Damascus Itinerary:
A Tale of a Resilient Road and its Cavaranserais"

Cinzia Tavernari (bio)
University of Urbino, Italy
AKPIA@MIT fellow 2012-13

April 1
"The Traditional Architecture of Libya's Nafusah Mountains:
Types of Dwellings and Evolution of Urban Settlements"

Beniamino Polimeni (bio)
Universita Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy
AKPIA@MIT fellow 2012-13

April 29
Restoration of Spanish Islamic Architecture:
The Case of the Alhambra and the Bofilla Tower

Camilla Mileto and Fernando Vegas (bios)
Universidad Politecnica de Valencia

“The Right to Architecture” One Day Symposium
Saturday from 9:30 am to 6:00

Fall 2012

Studying the History of Islamic Art & Architecture

October 29
(Cancelled and rescheduled for November 26
Beyond Walls:
Appraising Architecture Vis-
à-Vis Material Culture
Pamela Karimi
Assistant Professor of Art History
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
(abstract & bio)

November 19
Explorations in the Architecture of al-Andalus
Glaire Anderson
Associate Professor of Islamic Art History
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

December 3
Images of the Prophet Muhammad In and Out of Modernity:
The Curious Case of a 2008 Mural in Tehran

Christiane Gruber
Associate Professor of Islamic Art
University of Michigan

November 8th, 12:30 to 2:00 in MIT room 5-216
Part of course 4.614 Religious Architecture and Islamic Cultures
Lecture on Chinese Mosques by Nancy S. Steinhardt
Professor of East Asian Art and Curator of Chinese Art
University of Pennsylvania

Spring 2012

February 13           
Formation of Marinid Madrasas and the Ornate Archiving of Sovereignty
Riyaz Latif
Post-Doctoral Fellow, AKPIA@MIT

March 9 at noon in room 3-133
Presentations by the recipients of the 2011-2012 Student Travel Grants
"The Style Will Be Indo-Saracenic": Walter Burley Griffin's 1936 Lucknow Exhibition and the Making of (Transnational) Civil Society
Shiben Banerji HTC PhD
Bukhara: the Case of Urban Amnesia
Hanna Rutkouskaya AKPIA@MIT SMArchS
Kampungs, Warungs and Super Sambal: Participatory Planning in Indonesia with Solo Kota Kita and UN Habitat
Stephen Kennedy MCP
Alice Shay MCP

March 19         
Modernity, Citizenship and Urban Space:
Public Beaches and Swimming Pools in Early Republican Istanbul
Sibel Bozdogan
Visiting Lecturer, AKPIA@MIT

April 2
The Art of Mediation:
Aesthetics and the Imagination in Islamic Ornamental Art

Samir Mahmoud
Post-Doctoral Fellow, AKPIA@MIT

April 9
African Identity in Post-Apartheid Public Architecture:
White Skin, Black Masks
Jonathan Noble
Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Planning
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

April 23
Architectural Discontext
Makram el Kadi & Ziad Jamaleddine

AKPIA at Harvard Conference, April 12-14, 2012
Ornament as Portable Culture: Between Globalism and Localism

Fall 2011 (back to top)

September 19           
The Avenue of Sphinxes, Luxor, Egypt;
Historical and Cultural Challenges in Urban Design

Hala Nassar
Associate Professor in Planning & Landscape Architecture
Clemson University

October 3           
The Work of the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services in Pakistan
Hafiz Sherali
Chairman, Aga Khan Planning and Building Services, Pakistan

November 7
Panoramic Urbanism: Visualizing Urban History in Istanbul
Ipek Tureli
Post-Doctoral Fellow, AKPIA@MIT

December 5
Bioclimatic Devices and Adaptations at Alijares Palace
(Alhambra, 14th century) and other Nasrid Buildings

Luis Jose Garcia Pulido
Post-Doctoral Fellow, AKPIA@MIT

AKPIA@MIT 30th Anniversary Reunion
October 1, 2011, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm in MIT room 56-114

Spring 2011

Available Bios & Abstracts

February 28
Islamic Military Architecture in the Near East and Egypt
at the Time of the Crusades

Benjamin Michaudel
Post-Doctoral Fellow, AKPIA@MIT
Institut Français du Proche-Orient, Syria

March 14
The Islamic Paradise Garden: Myths and Realities
Laura E. Parodi
Post-Doctoral Fellow, AKPIA@MIT
Independent Scholar

April 11
Detranscendentalizing: [Secularism, Economy, Politics, Science]

Arindam Dutta
Associate Professor, History, Theory and Criticism, MIT

April 27 (see below)

May 9
Starting at 5:00 PM in room 3-133
The Portuguese Architectural Heritage and the Islamic World:
The Gulbenkian Project

Presented by Faculty from the University of Evora, Portugal:
Filipe Themudo Barata
Professor of Mediterranean and Heritage History
Fernando Branco Correia
Assistant Professor of Islamic History and Archeology
João Rocha
Assistant Professor of Architecture

Special Event Part of the MIT 150th Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday April 27
The Global Architect in the Free Trade Age
Available Bios & Abstracts
Re-territorializing the Global: Differential Approaches to Tourism in Morocco
Aziza Chaouni
Assistant Professor, Daniels Faculty of Architecture,
Landscape and Design, University of Toronto
Principal, Bureau E.A.S.T
Selling Brand Dubai
Deeba Haider
Consultant/ Writer/ Architect, LA
Associate Editor at International Journal of Islamic Architecture
Same Same but Different
The Global Trade in Architecture

Kevin Mark Low
Principal, smallprojects, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Jet Planes / Concrete Planes
Todd Reisz
Architect and Editor, Al Manakh, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Moderated by Nasser Rabbat

Two photo exhibits at Roth Library:

Sacred Space:
(Re)Constructing the Place of Gender in the Space of Religion

Re-Imagining Gaza and Youth Visions of Jerusalem

Fall 2010 (back to top)

Available Bios & Abstracts

September 27
Adventures in Arabia and Beyond
Chad Oppenheim             
Oppenheim Architecture + Design, Miami, Florida

October 25
Mughal Monuments and the Politics of Memory
Saleema Waraich
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow

November 8
Reviving the Invented:
The Neo-Achaemenid from Parsi Bombay to Qajar Tehran

Talinn Grigor
Assistant Professor of Fine Art, Brandeis University

Spring 2010 (back to top)

Available Bios & Abstracts

Tuesday, February 16 in room 3-309
Preservation of Architectural Monuments in Kazakhstan:
Policies and Methods
Gulnara Kamalova
Head of the Research Department at the
Kazakhstan Restoration Agency (Kazrestoration)

Tuesday, February 23
Harar, a Muslim City in Ethiopia
Philippe Revault
Architect & Urbanist
Fulbright Visiting Professor
Wentworth Institute of Technology

March 8
Revisiting the Trope of "Unity and Variety" in Islamic Art
Gülru Necipoglu
Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Art
Harvard University

April 5
The Architecture of Migration:
Translation and Creative Synthesis in the Mosques of Tamil,
Hadhrami and Chinese Peranakan Communities
in the Emporia of Nusantara
Imran Bin Tajudeen
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow

April 12
Urbanization, Poverty and Land-Use in the Megacities of South Asia
Elizabeth Dean Hermann
Professor of Urban Studies and Landscape Architecture,
Design for Development, and the History of Islamic Architecture
and Urbanism, Rhode Island School of Design

April 20, at 6pm in MIT Room 6-120
Presentation by Ratish Nanda, Aga Khan Trust for Culture (details)

April 26
Interrupting the Archive:
Indigenous Interventions to Colonial Categories of Indian Heritage
Mrinalini Rajagopalan
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow

May 3 at 12:30 pm in Room 56-114
Omar Offendum

May 3
Breaching the Walled Cities of Bilâd al-Shâm
Nicolas Prouteau
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow

May 7, 12:30 pm in MIT Room 3-309
2009-2010 Aga Khan Travel Grant Presentations
MIT Students Recipients of the Travel Grant Award
Bernadette Baird-Zars, MCP
Developing Heritage: Constructed Visions in the Decision-Making Process of Property Regulation in Aleppo, Syria
Charles Curran, MArch
Retrofit + Shrink-wrap Dubai // An Urban Rescovery Plan
Azra Dawood, AKPIA@MIT SMAchS
Igor Demchenko, HTC PhD
Ahmad Yasawi Mausoleum in Russian Empire: 1864-1917
Laura Lee Schmidt, AKPIA@MIT SMAchS
Looking at the Book of Secrets in the Absence of Wonder

May 20, 6-8 pm & May 21, 9 am-5 pm
MIT Kirsch Auditorium

Rethinking Water: A Critical Resource

AKPIA sponsorship contribution.

Special Lectures

March 21 & March 23, respectively.
AUC Cairo Lectures
Arabic Culture and the Problem of Modernity
(in Arabic)
How Mamluk Architecture Co-opted the Streets of Cairo
(in English)
Nasser Rabbat
Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Architecture, MIT

March 24
Aga Khan Lectures in Karachi
Searching for Water and Wisdom in the Indo-Islamic Garden: A Model for Water-Conserving Design
The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture:
A Landscape Perspective
James Wescoat
Aga Khan Professor, MIT

April 30
The Glamour Factor in the Cities of the Arabian Gulf

Nasser Rabbat
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
List Art Building, Room 110, 62-64 College Street, Brown University

Fall 2009 (back to top)

Building New Campuses In the Islamic World
Available Bios & Abstracts

October 5

KAUST - King Abdullah University for Science and Technology -
A Step into the Future

William Odell, FAIA
Design Principal, HOK Architects
Ammar Alnahwi, PhD
Associate Director, Global Collaborative
Research, KAUST US October 26
Education for All - Education City, Doha, Qatar
Kevin Underwood
Vice President / Principal, EDAW | AECOM November 16
Drawing on Islamic City-Building Traditions to Create a
21st Century Community of Learning

David Dixon, FAIA
Principal in charge of Planning and Urban Design
Goody, Clancy & Associates Special Lecture
Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Palmettes, Arches, Geometrical Patterns:
Ornaments in the Marble Carvings from
Medieval Afghanistan

Martina Rugiadi, PhD
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow
Sapienza Università di Roma

Spring 2009 (back to top)

Available Bios & Abstracts

March 9
The Making of a ‘City of the Future’ 1959-1963”

Ahmed Zaib Khan Mahsud
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow

March 16
“Arabian Nights Architecture:
The Adoption of Fantasy Middle Eastern Design
in Constructing Indonesian and Malaysian Identities”

Sarah Moser
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow

April 6
“Planning Jerusalem:
Between Ottoman and Colonial Modernity”

Salim Tamari
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow

April 13
2008-09 Aga Khan Travel Grant Presentations
MIT Students Recipients of the Travel Grant Award
Zehra Ali: Study of Innovations in Building Energy Efficiency in Northern Pakistan, Zameer Basrai: A Study in Architectural Identity of Ismaili Philanthropic Institutions in Contemporary Bombay,
Christian Hedrick: German-Austrian Influences in 19th Century Cairo, Anneka Lenssen: Pioneers and Primitives: Painting from Syria, 1960-1970. Alexa Rosenberg: Managing Evolution in a Prominent African NGO: Lessons from Enda Tiers Monde in Dakar, Senegal

Saturday, April 18
Water in Architecture, Landscape + Urbanism

Saturday, April 25
Exploring the Role of History
in Contemporary Architectural Practice

Fall 2008 (back to top)

History Theory and Design Practice
Available Bios & Abstracts

September 15
"The Cosmopolitan and The Particular :
Observations on Inhabitation, Culture, and Building-form at the Aga Khan University Hospital and Medical School in Karachi, Pakistan"

Daniel Gorini

October 20
“Current Work in the Mideast and US”
Hashim Sarkis
Aga Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism
Harvard University

November 17
"Architecture and Cultural Significance.
The Recent Works of RMA Architects Mumbai"
Rahul Mehrotra
Associate Professor, Architectural Design
MIT, School of Architecture and Planning

November 18
Part of Course 4.619: The Historiography of Islamic Architecture
“Conceptualizing Cultural Autonomy “After Essentialism”:
The Case of Ottoman Aleppo”
at 2 pm in 5-216.
Steve Wolf
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History
Fordham Univ. Department of Art History and Music

An Exhibition of Photos of Historical Water Landscapes

Adriana de Miranda
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow
Faculty of the University of Bergamo
Opening Reception November 25th, 2008 from 5,30 – 7 pm
Exhibit on view until December 16th
Rotch Library Gallery, 7-238

December 1
"Submerged Lands:
The Public Trust in Waterfront Design from Chicago to Karachi"
James Wescoat
Aga Khan Professor, MIT

December 8
"Renovation of Syrian Water Wheels in the Orontes Valley"
Adriana de Miranda
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow
Faculty of the University of Bergamo

Spring 2008 (back to top)

- or -

Available Bios & Abstracts

February 11
"Modernism, Anxiety and the Ideology of Arab Vision"
Stephen Sheehi
Associate Professor of Arab Culture
University of South Carolina

February 18
"The Maghreb Connection:
Counter-geographies in the Sahara"

Ursula Biemann
Artist & Curator
Institute for Art and Design Theory
Zurich, Switzerland

March 13
“A Brief Report on Contemporary Art in Syria”
Anneka Lenssen
PhD Candidate and recipient of the 2007 AKPIA@MIT Travel Grant.

March 17
"Arab Aesthetics Reconsidered: Art Today"
Nada Shabout
Sping 2008 AKPIA@MIT Lecturer
Assistant Professor of Art History
University of North Texas

April 28
"Framings of the Tradition:
The Career of Miniature Painting in South Asia"

Nadeem Omar Tarar
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow
Assistant Professor, National College of Art
Lahore, Pakistan

Fall 2007 (back to top)

Available Bios & Abstracts

October 22
Two presentations in the Stella Room
“Orientalism, Self-Orientalism and Identity Politics:
The Mosque in Western Europe and North America”
Nebahat Avcioglu
Visiting Associate Professor, AKPIA@MIT
Columbia University Institute for ScholarsParis, France
Azra Aksamija
PhD Student, AKPIA@MIT
Artist Affiliate, Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT

November 19
"Nebukadnezar and Saladin - The Iconography of History in Contemporary Political Representation in the Middle East"
Stefan Heidemann
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow
Friederich Schiller Universität
Department of Semitic Philology and Islamic Studies
Jena, Germany

November 26
“Antiquarianism and Connoisseurship in 19th century Cairo: Some Reconsiderations”
Mercedes Volait
Centre National de Recherche Scientifique
Paris, France

Spring 2007 (back to top)

Available Bios & Abstracts

February 12
“Mysterious” Dubai
Nadia Al-Hasani

AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow
Department of Architecture
American University of Sharjah, UAE

February 26
Public Works and the Public Good:
Modernizing Urban Space in Ottoman Izmir

Sibel Zandi-Sayek

AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow
Department of Art & Art History,
College of William & Mary, Williamsburg

March 5
Open Terrains
Anuradha Mathur
Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning Department
University of Pennsylvania

Monday, March 12, 5:30 pm
2006-07 Aga Khan Travel Grant Presentations
MIT Students Recipients of the Travel Grant Award
Razan Francis
"Spain: Cultural exchanges and migration of styles"
Sadia Shirazi
"Ritual + Space: the Sufi Shrine of Shah Jamaal"

March 15
New Town-New Life:
Garden City in Translation

Esra Akcan

Graduate School of Architecture
Columbia University

March 22
Searching for Water and Wisdom in the Indo-Islamic Garden
James L. Wescoat Jr.

Landscape Architecture Department
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

April 10
Two special presentations part of the seminar
4.617: The Islamic City:
From an Orientalist Concept to a Contemporary Aspiration
Deeba Haider

Auctioning Identity to the Highest Bidder
From Bedouin to Babylon in 35 years: The Degeneration of Cultural Identity in the Urban Environment of Dubai
Ahmed Kanna
Anomalous Spaces in 'the Orientalist Dream City': An Unconventional Look at Dubai

May 7
Status, Gender, Privacy. The Transformation of Domestic Culture in the Beirut House, 1860-1930
Ralph Bodenstein
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow
Post-Doctoral Fellow, German Archaeological Institute (DAI) in Cairo

May 11
Working in Paradise,
Restoring Baghe Babur and Humayun's Tomb Gardens

Ratish Nanda
AKTC Conservation Architect, New Delhi

Fall 2006 (back to top)

Available Bios & Abstracts

September 25
Documentary Film Presentation:
Celebrating Popular Islam in India:
Short Films on Devotional Images and Rituals of Indian Muslims
Yousuf Saeed
Documentary Film Maker
New Delhi, India

October 23
Between Scholarship and Experience;
The German and French Discourse on Islamic Architecture

Lorraine Declety
Ecole pratique des hautes études, Paris
Technische Universität, Dresden

November 13
Patterning Knowledge: Geometry and Islamic Art
Carol Bier
Research Associate
The Textile Museum, Washington, DC

Spring 2006 (back to top)

Available Bios & Abstracts

February 13
The Architecture of the 'Eastern Question': Diplomacy and Space in Late Ottoman Istanbul
Paolo Girardelli
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow, Bogaziçi University

March 13
The Citadel of Jerusalem Revisited: An Architectural and Archaeological Investigation
Mahmoud Hawari
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow, Oxford University

April 10
'Dis-Orientalism' - Palestinian Artists between East and West
Gannit Ankori
Harvard Divinity School

April 21 & 22
The Mosque in the West

April 24
2005-06 Aga Khan Travel Grant Presentations
MIT Students Recipients of the Travel Grant Awards

May 15
Authenticity in Architecture: A Postcolonial Critique
Can Bilsel
University of San Diego

Fall 2005 (back to top)

October 3
The Politics of Pleasure: The Strategic Use of Umayyad Bath Complexes
Lara Tohme
Knafel Assistant Professor in the Humanities, Wellesley College

October 29
The Mamluk Domes of Cairo

November 14
Rethinking the Pleasure Garden in the Munyas of Cordoba
Glaire Anderson
College Art Association Professional Development Fellow

Spring 2005 (back to top)

Available Abstracts & Bios

February 28
2004-05 Aga Khan Travel Grant Presentations
MIT Students Recipients of the Travel Grant Award

March 7
Muslims and the Language of the Other in the Umayyad Visual and Verbal Vocabulary of the Dome of the Rock
Abier Ziadeh Shamma
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow

March 14
Architecture in Lebanon: From Modernism to Contemporary Trends

Elie Haddad
Department of Architecture Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon

April 4
New Urbanism and the Heritage of the Islamic City: The Case of Jerusalem
Yosef Jabareen
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow 

April 11
Nation, Myth and Memory: The Reception of Ghurid Architecture East of the Indus
Alka Patel
Senior Fellow, American Institute of Indian Studies, Gujarat, India

May 6 & 7
Islamic Cities in the Classical Age

Fall 2004 (back to top)

Available Abstracts & Bios

October 4
"Images of Sufi Leaders in Ottoman and Safavid Manuscripts"
Ethel Sara Wolper
University of New Hampshire

October 25
The "Afghan Girl' in Transnational Visual Culture
Holly Edwards
Williams College

November 1

Aestheticizing Politics and Politicizing Aesthetics: Visual Artists and the Cultural Production of Muslim Identities in NYC
Munir Jiwa
Columbia University
Aga Khan Program Post-doctoral Fellow

November 15
Rural-imperial Relations in Medieval Jordan: An Architectural Perspective from Tall Hisban
Bethany Walker
Grand Valley State University

November 22
Mediterranean Cities: Aleppo, Forms of the City Intra Moenia
Giulia Annalinda Neglia
Politecnico di Bari
Aga Khan Program Post-doctoral Fellow

December 6
Deliberating Iraq
Film screening and discussion with one of the directors of "About Baghdad"

Sinan Antoon
Dartmouth College

Spring 2004 (back to top)

Available Abstracts & Bios

February 9
Public History and the Production of the "Culture of Shiraz"

Setrag Manoukian
Università di Milano-Bicocca, Milan
Aga Khan Program Post-doctoral Fellow

April 5
Strangers, Lovers and Kin: Gender Roles and their Interplay with the Architectural Delights of Awadh, India
Hussein Keshani
University of Victoria, Canada
Aga Khan Program Post-doctoral Fellow

April 12
Italian Architects in Modern Egypt
Cristina Pallini
Politecnico di Milano, Milan
Aga Khan Program Post-doctoral Fellow

March 1
DIALOGUE in Concert Program
Kinan Azmeh, Dima Orsho, Kinan Abou-Afach, Omar Al-Musfi
and Issam Rafee

May 7, 8 & 9
Harem in History & Imagination

May 10
Handwriting of the Dead: Advances in script identification and synthesis
Vlad Atanasiu
École Pratique des Études Superiors, Paris
Aga Khan Program Post-doctoral Fellow

Fall 2003 (back to top)

Available Abstracts & Bios

September 29
Tell Tale - The Alphabet, Outcome of Millennia of Mayhem
Thomas Milo
President of DecoType, inc. The Netherlands

October 3
Consuming Heritage or the End of Tradition
Nezar AlSayyad
School of Architecture and Planning, University of California, Berkeley

October 6
MTV, The Middle East & Mainstream Media: Using Music and the Arts to Expose Another Side of Arab Culture
Lorraine Ali
Music Critic Newsweek Magazine

November 3
Bourdieu's Battle in Algeria: War, Ethnosociology, Photograph
Helene Lipstadt
Research Affiliate, MIT

November 24
Photographing the Void: The Camera and the Representation of Islamic Architecture
Gary Otte
Vancouver, Canada

Spring 2003 (back to top)

March 10
Islam on the Internet: From Private Discourse to Public Sphere
Jon W. Anderson
Department of Anthropology, Catholic University of America
Department of Arab Studies, Georgetown University

April 14
Looking for Gender and Sexuality in Qajar Visual Culture
Afsaneh Najmabadi
Departments of Women's Studies and of History
Harvard University

April 28
"Brotherly Love": The Safavid Household and the Index of Belonging
Sussan Babaie
Department of the History of Art
The University of Michigan

May 5
Achievement and Disaster:
Ernst Herzfeld's Excavation at Samarra 1911-1913

Thomas Leisten
Department of Art and Archaeology
Princeton University

Fall 2002 (back to top)

September 16
Individual and Community in South Asian Islam since 1850
Asha Jalal
Department of History, Tufts University

October 7
Picasso's Reconquista
Natasha Staller
Department of Fine Arts, Amherst College

November 1
Piano and Clarinet Recital Program

Kinan Azmeh, clarinet & Rami Khalife, piano

November 18
Displaying Hierarchies:
Ritual Uses of the Space at Sufi Zawiyas in Aleppo

Paulo Pinto
Visiting Professor, Fluminense Federal University, Rio de Janeiro

November 20
The Poetics of Concealment:
Al-Nabulusi,s Encounter with the Dome of the Rock

Samer Akkach
AKPIA Post-Doctoral Fellow

December 2
Film: Between Prayers: Proscribed Scenes from a Historic Monument
Chala Hadimi
2002 MIT AKPIA/SMArchS Graduate

Spring 2002 (back to top)

February 11
Through the Eyes of a Child?: Looking at Persianate Painting Again  
David J. Roxburgh
History of Art and Architecture
Harvard University

March 4
Practical Orientalism, Practical Occidentalism:
Contesting the Islamic Heritage on Crete

Michael Herzfeld
Department of Anthropology
Harvard University

April 17

Third Spaces:
On the Design Discourses Between Traditionalism and Modernism

Bulent Tanju
Aga Khan Program Post-doctoral Fellow

April 29
Describing Colossal Egypt
Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby
Department of History of Art
University of California at Berkeley

May 15
The Water Supplies and Their Impact on Urban Development in Ottoman Istanbul
Kimiyo Yamashita
Aga Khan Program Post-doctoral Fellow

Fall 2001 (back to top)

October 1
Across the Border: Making Migrants' Spaces
Gulsum Nalbantoglu
Dept. of Interior Architecture & Environmental Design, Bilkent University, Ankara
Cancelled lecture.

October 29
The Venetian Palace and the Islamic World
Deborah Howard
St John's College, Cambridge University

November 26
Changing Urban Enviroment:
Residential and Public Architecture in late Ottoman Damascus

Stefan Weber
Deutsches Archaeologisches Institut, Damascus

Spring 2001 (back to top)

February 5
The One-which-is-two, Mosque Battles and Other Stories: Architecture, Religion and Politics in the Indonesian World
Abidin Kusno
Metropolitan Studies Program, New York University

February 12
Architecture of the Public Square: Representations of the City and City Life in Jaffa (1799-1950)
Ruba Kana'an
Barakat Trust Fellow in Islamic Art & Archeology Oriental Institute, Oxford, UK

February 19
Ruins into Monuments: Memory, Nation and Modernity in the Restoration of the Great Mosque of Damascus and the Krak des Chevaliers
Heghnar Watenpaugh
Department of Art and History, Rice University

February 26
Social Memory and Practices of Commemoration:
Lahore's Monumental Past

William J. Glover
Department of Architecture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

March 5
The Historical Imagination:
The place of Mimesis in the study of Islamic Architecture in Iran

Kishwar Rizvi
Post-Graduate Fellow, Yale University

April 23
Urban Development and Patronage of Islamic Architecture in 15th - 17th Century Ottoman Bosnia/Hercegovina
Machiel Kiel
Aga Khan Visiting Scholar, Harvard University
University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

April 24
Ottoman Expressions of Early Modernity and the Inevitable Question of Westernization  
Shirine Hamadeh
NEH / ARIT Post-Doctoral Fellowship
American Research Institute in Turkey

May 1
Weaving Historical Narratives:Tuesday Beirut's Last Mamluk Monument
Howayda Al-Harithy
Department of Architecture and Design
The American University of Beirut

May 18 & 19
Exploring The Frontiers of Islamic Art and Architecture