Institut für Kunstgeschichte




Islamic Art in Exchange

18th Colloquium of the Ernst Herzfeld Society

Museum Fünf Kontinente, Munich

6-9 July 2023 

Sometimes marked as the ‘global shift’ or the ‘decolonial turn’, fields within the Humanities have, since the 1980s, gradually opened up for cultures in regions beyond the West. Art History and Archaeology concerned with the so-called Islamic world, too, have experienced increased interest in exchange – be it an interaction of different places, cultures and/or times within regions dominated by Muslims, or communication with areas beyond the main lands of Islam. Of particular interest in these scholarly investigations are the nature of the transfer as well as the various levels of cultural appropriation or translation taking place when things and ideas travel from one cultural area to the next.

The 18th Colloquium of the Ernst Herzfeld Society wishes to continue discussions around transregional and global aspects of exchange in the material culture of the Islamic world as well as reception of Islamic art in other cultures. Through case studies resulting from new and original research it aims to gain a better understanding of the state of the art and concepts of the Global in the field of Islamic Art History and Archaeology, pertinent research questions, and their place within the broader discussions following the decolonial turn.

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