Join us at the Sixth Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art and Culture November 7-9, 2015 in Doha, Qatar. Titled By the Pen and What They Write: Writing in Islamic Art and Culture, the symposium will feature original presentations by leading art historians, curators, conservators and writers on the role of writing in Islamic art, covering topics such as early Islamic inscriptions, calligraphy and the relationship between text and image. On November 9, the contemporary calligrapher Nasser Al-Salem, who was short-listed for the Jameel Prize in 2013, will demonstrate his technique to close the symposium.
The Symposium will open with a keynote address given by Sheila S. Blair titled “Writing as Signifier of Islam” on the evening of November 7 at the Al Rayyan Theater in the historic Souq al Waqif. Presentations on November 8-9 will take place at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha.
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 will be published in 2015.