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Summer course: “Romanization and Islamization in the Western Mediterranean”, Casa Árabe, Córdoba, Monday 23– Saturday 28 July 2020

Specialists from different academic institutions will guide a select group of students in a series of seminar-style intensive classes throughout a week-long course.

INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES
The image above speaks for itself: in the background, built as the Friday Mosque of Cordoba, an extraordinary example of medieval Arab architecture and a popular tourist destination, which is at the same time the embodiment of the civilization of al-Andalus itself; in the foreground, the Roman bridge crossing the Guadalquivir since 2000 years reminds that Cordoba was the capital of one of the richest provinces of the Roman Empire.

This IV Intensive Summer Course held in Casa Árabe Cordoba will introduce English speakers to the fascinating history of two empires: the Roman and the Islamic one. Specialists from different academic institutions will guide a select group of students in a series of seminar-style intensive classes throughout a week-long course.
This year, the course will focus on the processes of Romanization and Islamization that led to the formation of the Western Mediterranean first as a Roman and later on as an Islamic society. Together we will explore issues related to the sources at our disposal to reconstruct such processes (including literary sources and archaeological evidence) as well as the debates regarding their interpretation.

VENUE
The choice of the Casa Árabe in Córdoba as the venue for the course hardly needs any explanation. It is housed in the beautiful Casa Mudéjar, a 14-16th century building whose restoration received the World Heritage City Award 2011 from the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports. The Casa is located at a three-minute walk from the Mosque-Cathedral.

THE STUDENTS AND COURSE STRUCTURE
The course is directed at university students and scholars who – regardless of their specialization – want to become familiar with the most relevant issues related to the history of al-Andalus. Taught in English, it aims at guiding the participants to the wide range of scholarly research on al-Andalus. Thirty students will be selected from among the applicants (for the application procedure see below).
Students are not required to have knowledge of Arabic or any other language except English; for those who are proficient in Arabic, guidance in the Arabic sources will be provided as a complement.
A basic bibliography of studies in English will be provided once the selection of students has been made and registration has been finalized. The students selected are expected to become familiar with that bibliography before the beginning of the course. A more comprehensive bibliography, including the most relevant studies in a variety of languages, will be provided during the course.
As the course is intensive and text-oriented, students are required to be present at each class. An attendance certificate will correspondingly be provided. For those interested in producing a research paper, assignments will be given and upon submission (within six months) an examination certificate can be obtained.

SCHEDULE
The course will take place during the fourth week of July, from Monday 23 to Saturday 28, with a total of 34 hours. On Friday, class will be held in the Umayyad palatine town of Madinat al-Zahra’. The course will be completed with two Archeological Workshops on Tuesday and Thursday morning.

LODGING AND MEALS
Coffee will be provided in the morning breaks and the fee includes as well a welcome reception and a dinner on Thursday. Students should arrange for the rest of their meals and lodging. Córdoba has many hotels and restaurants. A selection of the different options available around Casa Árabe will be provided upon registration.

APPLICATION AND FEE
Those interested are requested to send an e-mail message to infocordoba@casaarabe.es, indicating in the message subject line: Intensive Summer Course Al-Andalus IV. They need to provide a brief introduction about the candidate’s profile, including first and last names (maximum 300 words), and a letter expressing their interest in the course. The deadline is July 1th 2020. Those 30 selected will be contacted by July 3rd 2020. 

Once confirmation of admittance is received, registration must be completed using the application form that will be sent. The fee for the course is 300 €.

Further information: Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9.
From Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 14:00 p.m. (infocordoba@casaarabe.es).

The Arts & Science in Early Islamic Spain (London)

The Arts & Science in Early Islamic Spain

Dr Glaire D. Anderson: University of North Carolina

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN
Research Forum Seminar Room

Wednesday 15 June 20163:30 pm – 5:00 pm

 

 

CFP: Orientalism and Spain in the 19th and 20th Centuries, Edinburgh, April 2016

2015-07-AAH logo
Call for Papers:
Orientalism and Spain in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Association of Art Historians
University of Edinburgh
7-9 April 2016
Convened by Claudia Hopkins (University of Edinburgh) and Anna McSweeney (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)

Spain represents a unique and fertile context in which to explore attitudes to the art and culture of the Islamic world. Spain was routinely ‘orientalised’ by northern European cultures in the 19th century, as foreign visitors indulged in oriental reveries when reflecting on Spain’s Islamic past (711–1492) and admiring its ‘Moorish’ remains at the Alhambra palace in Granada, the mosque/cathedral in Cordoba, or the Giralda in Seville. For the Spaniard, however, this Islamic heritage raised potentially disorientating questions about cultural roots and national identity. Spanish attitudes to the Islamic past were further complicated by Spain’s ambivalent relations with the Islamic present in Morocco, ranging from war and conflict (1859–60) to Franco’s recruitment of Moroccans at the start of the Spanish Civil War. This session builds on recent research by historians of art, literature and culture, whose work has revealed that the European discourse on the Islamic world is much more polyphonic than traditional postcolonial theory assumed. The session invites papers that examine 19th- and 20-century visual responses to Spain’s Islamic past and Spain’s nearest ‘Orient’, Morocco, by both Spanish and non-Spanish artists across all media (architecture, fine art, illustrated books, photography, film, fashion etc.). How did artists translate Spain’s Islamic world into visual formats? How was such imagery produced, viewed, and marketed? What were the artistic, ideological, political, and social positions on which visual responses were grounded? How important were they in the formation of broader attitudes to the Islamic world?

Deadline for submission of proposals for papers: 9 November 2015.

More information and link to proposal form: Click here.

 

Anna McSweeney : “Arthur von Gwinner and the Alhambra cupola in Berlin”, 7 May 2015

2015-01-SOAS
RESEARCH SEMINAR IN ISLAMIC ART
Department of the History of Art & Archaeology
SOAS, University of London

Anna McSweeney on “Arthur von Gwinner and the Alhambra Cupola in Berlin
Thursday 7 May 2015
5.30pm in Room B111 (Brunei Building)

2015-05-Alhambra_Kuppel_SMB_FriedrichAbstract: One of the jewels in the collection of the Museum für Islamische Kunst in Berlin is the so-called Alhambra cupola, a fourteenth-century wooden ceiling that once was part of the famous Islamic palace in Granada, Spain. Made from hundreds of pieces of intricately carved and painted wood, it is one of the earliest and finest surviving Nasrid ceilings. This paper will explore how the cupola ended up in Berlin, brought there in 1891 by the highly cultured German financier Arthur von Gwinner (1856-1931), who so fell for the charms of the Alhambra palace that he wanted a piece of it for himself. Why did he want it, how did he get hold of it, and what did he do with it once he had it? These are questions that will be addressed in this research seminar. (Poster is attached).