The Environment and Ecology in Islamic Art and Culture, the Ninth Biennial Hamad Bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art, Online, Doha, Qatar, November 8–15, 2021


The earth, our home, is facing urgent environmental crises: calamitous climate change, deforestation, earthquakes, floods, pandemic outbreaks, animal and plant species extinction, water shortages, and wildfires. To tackle this pressing issue, the Ninth Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art, organized at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts) in Qatar, brought together art historians, environmentalists, and historians.

In International Journal of Islamic Architecture Volume 12, Issue 1, p. 257–259

I am an art historian of the visual and material cultures of the medieval Islamic world, with a special interest in Armenian, Byzantine, and Persian-Islamic artistic exchange and cultural encounters in medieval Anatolia, the South Caucasus, and the Eastern Mediterranean. I teach medieval Mediterranean and Islamic art in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Michigan where I also am an affiliated faculty at the Digital Studies Institute (DSI). My research interests also include the collection and display of Islamic art in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the history of sports, environmental studies, digital art history, visualization, and game studies.