The 7th Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art, titled Islamic Art: Past, Present and Future?, will be held in Richmond, Virginia from November 2-4, 2017 and will focus on contemporary art. The list of speakers includes Mohammad Al-Asad, HE Princess Wijdan Al-Hashimi, Sultan Sooud al-Qassemi, Lalla Essaydi, Hassan Hajjaj, Robert Hobbs, Linda Komaroff, Nacim Pak-Shiraz, Venetia Porter, Nada Shabout, Shahzia Sikander and Newsha Tavakolian. To receive an email update when the final program is online, please sign up to receive our e-newsletters here.

The Hamad Bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art is chaired by Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom who have shared the Hamad Bin Khalifa Endowed Chair of Islamic Art at Virginia Commonwealth University since its establishment in 2006. Symposium sponsors include Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar), Qatar Foundation, Hamad bin Khalifa University in Doha and Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. Since 2007, the papers delivered at each Symposium have been published by Yale University Press, including Rivers of Paradise: Water in Islamic Art and Culture (2009), And Diverse Are Their Hues: Color in Islamic Art and Culture (2011), God Is Beautiful and Loves Beauty: The Object in Islamic Art and Culture (2013) and God Is the Light of the Heavens and the Earth: Light in Islamic Art and Culture (2015).