Studying East of Byzantium VIII: Material Culture


Workshop Paper Title: Interconnectedness in Medieval Anatolia: Material Culture History of Seljuk-Period (1081–1308)

Presentation Title: Interconnectedness in Medieval Anatolia: Objects, Images and Texts

Workshop: The workshop events will be led by Marica Cassis and Kate Franklin and facilitated by Christina Maranci and Brandie Ratliff. Meetings will be held on Zoom. The first event on November 19 will be a short introductory session where participants introduce themselves and their projects. During the second event on February 18, participants will provide a short 10-minute update on their research and have the opportunity to pose questions or problems to the group. At the final two-day event on June 6–7, each participant will deliver a 20- to 25-minute presentation based on their project. While research projects may be on any topic and need not focus specifically on material culture, the workshop theme should be the focus of the presentations. Individual presentations will be followed by a 10-minute response from Marica Cassis or Kate Franklin and a general discussion. The timing of the workshop meetings will be determined when the participant list is finalized.

Timeline: November 19, 2021: Workshop, Part I (Zoom), February 18, 2022: Workshop, Part II (Zoom), June 6 and 7, 2022: Workshop, Part III (Zoom)

Nov 19, 2021 — Jun 7, 2022
Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross

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.