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

Middle Eastern/Western Asia
Dissertations in Progress by Subject, 2015

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

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

Ari, Nisa, “Cultural Mandates: Art and Political Parity in Early Twentieth-Century Palestine” (MIT, N. Rabbat; C. Jones)

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

Chubb, Emma, “Tangier Trash and Rif Awbache: Art, Cinema, and the Geography of Moroccan National Identity” (Northwestern, H. Feldman)

Dimmig, Ashley, “Flexible Façades, Malleable Modernity: Imperial Tents in the Late Ottoman Period” (Michigan, C. Gruber)

Domene-Danés, Maria, “Reshaping the Archive: Art Practices Around the Lebanese Civil Wars” (Indiana, M. Facos)

Gencer, Yasemin, “Reform, Secularism, and Nationalism in the 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, F. B. Flood)

Iqbal, Samina, “Modern Art of Pakistan: Lahore Art Circle, 1947–1957” (Virginia Commonwealth, D. Bangdel)

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

MacMurdie, Meekyung, “Geometric Medicine: Aniconism and Medieval Arab Painting” (Chicago, P. Berlekamp)

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

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

Quraishi, Fatima, “Necroplis as Palimpsest and the Tombs at Makli, 14th–17th Centuries” (IFA/NYU, F. B. Flood)

Rahimi-Golkhandan, Shabnam, “The Photograph’s Shabih-Kashi (Verisimilitude)–The Liminal Visualities of Late Qajar Art (1853–1911)” (Yale, K. Rizvi)

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

Sezer, Yavuz, “Architecture of Bibliophilia: Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Libraries” (MIT, N. Rabbat)

Shirazi, Somayeh Noori, “Negotiating Identities in the Artworks of Three Contemporary Iranian Women Artists” (University of Alberta, L. McTavish)

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

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

Sykes, Rory, “‘We Are All Fedayeen’: Palestinian National Identity and the Image Archive, 1967–1982” (Northwestern, H. Feldman)

Tabatabaei, Samine, “Chronopolitics of Contemporaneity in Iranian Art” (McGill, W. Straw)

Taner, Melis, “‘Your True Vocation Is Art:’ Transformations in Ottoman Miniature Painting in the Late 16th to Mid-17th Centuries” (Harvard, G.Necipoglu; D. Roxburgh)