Concise, critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies

Art of the Middle East/North Africa
Dissertations in Progress by Subject, 2014

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Abbaspour, Mitra, “Defining the Present, Archiving the Past: Three Histories of Middle Eastern Photography” (CUNY, C. Bishop)

Açıkgöz, Ümit Fırat, “The Making of Republican Istanbul: Politics of Architecture, Urbanism, and Preservation, 1923–1950” (Rice, S. Hamadeh)

Andersen, Angela, “Cem Evleri: An Examination of the Historical Roots and Contemporary Meanings of Alevi Architecture and Iconography” (Ohio State, H. Crane)

Anvar, Hajar, “The Role of Photography in the Production of Space and Spatial Representation in Nineteenth-Century Iran” (Université de Montréal, S. Paquet)

Ayad, Lara, “Egypt’s Morphing Modernisms: Representing Women, Cultural Identity, and Class in Modern Egyptian Art, 1933–1973” (Boston, C. Becker)

Chagnon, Michael, “Pictures from a Shrine City: Illustrated Manuscript Production in Mashhad, 1620–1660” (IFA/NYU, P. Soucek)

Demchenko, Igor, “Heritage of the Red Orient: Theories and Practices of Architectural Restoration in Soviet Central Asia” (MIT, M. Jarzombek)

Dimmig, Ashley, “Ephemeral Edifices: Imperial Tents in the Late Ottoman Period” (Michigan, C. Gruber)
Domene-Danés, Maria, “Reshaping the Archive: Contemporary Artistic Practices around the Lebanese Civil Wars” (Indiana, D. Schuld)

Gencer, Yasemin, “Delivering the Satirical Punch: Reform, Secularism, and Nationalism in Cartoons of the Early Republican Period in Turkey (1923–1928)” (Indiana, B. Rothstein)

Gokpinar, Pinar, “Carving and Painting Sacred Space: Working with Wood in the Mosques of Medieval Anatolia” (IFA/NYU, B. Flood)

Hyde Nolan, Erin, “Ottomans Abroad: The Translation and Circulation of Nineteenth-Century Portrait Photography from Istanbul to Europe and the United States” (Boston, K. Sichel)

Jakubowski, Dan, “Analog Constellation, Digital Assemblages: Contemporary Egyptian Video Art and the Politics of Modernity” (Florida, V. Rovine; J. Tsai)

Magloughlin, Amara, “Art and the City: Walid Raad, Postwar Beirut, and the Question of Cosmopolitanism” (Columbia, A. Alberro)

Miller, Ashley, “Locating ‘Heritage’ in Morocco: Colonial Notions of Cultural Heritage and the Promotion of Morocco’s Decorative Arts under the French Protectorate (1912–1931)” (Michigan, R. Silverman)

Mirza, Sana, “An African Scriptorium: The Qur’ans of Harar and their Global Milieu” (IFA/NYU, B. Flood)

Neumeier, Emily, “A ‘Theater of Fortune and Triumph’: Ali Pasha of Ioannina and the Architectural Transformation of an Ottoman Province (1788–1822)” (Pennsylvania, R. Holod)

Oguz, Zeynep, “Multi-Functional T-shaped Zaviyes in the Early Ottoman Context” (Harvard, G. Necipoglu)

Rozental, Rotem, “Photographic Archives, Nationalism and the Foundation of the Jewish State, 1903–1948” (Binghamton University, J. Tagg)

Shortle, Margaret, “Illustrated Divans of Hafiz: Islamic Aesthetics at the Intersection of Art and Literature, 1450–1650” (Boston, E. Fetvaci)

Sezer, Yavuz, “The Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Library Movement: Architecture, Reading, and the Politics of Knowledge” (MIT, N. Rabbat)

Smith, Sarah-Neel, “Art, Democracy, and the Culture of Dissent in 1950s Turkey” (UCLA, S. Mathur)

Stockstill, Abbey, “From the Mountains to the Sea: Identity and Urbanism in Almohad Architecture” (Harvard, G. Necipoglu, D. Roxburgh)

Taner, Melis, “‘Your True Vocation is Art:’ Transformations in Ottoman Miniature Painting in the Late-Sixteenth to Mid-Seventeenth Centuries” (Harvard, G. Necipoglu, D. Roxburgh)

Van Loan, Theodore, “Umayyad Visions: Charting Early Islamic Attitudes toward Visual Perception” (Pennsylvania, R. Holod)

Viswanathan, Rashmi, “The Brahmin and the Fakir: Picturing ‘Type’ in Early Colonial India” (IFA/ NYU, B. Flood)