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

West Asia
Dissertations in Progress by Subject, 2016

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

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

Domene-Danés, Maria, “ART-chive Production in Postwar Lebanon” (Indiana, M. Facos)

Durgun, Pınar, “Mortuary Rituals, Places, and Memories: Anatolian Cemeteries in Context” (Brown, P. van Dommelen)

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

Gupta, Huma, “Informal Settlements and the Formation of Modern Iraq, 1932–1979” (MIT, N. Rabbat)

Haines, Chelsea, “Staging the Modern, Building the Nation: Israeli Exhibitions, 1948–1965” (CUNY, R. Golan)

Kashani, Deanna, “Beyond the Framed Image: Contemporary Iranian Art from Production to Exhibition” (UC Irvine, B. Cooks)

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)

O’Brien, Jeff, “The Right to Be Seen: Archiving Absence in Contemporary Lebanese Art” (University of British Columbia, J. O’Brian)

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)

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)

Soltani, Zohreh, “Tehran: A Symptomatic Rendering of Public Architecture” (Binghamton University, T. McDonough, N. Um)

Stockstill, Abbey, “The Mountains, the Mosque, and the Red City: ‘Abd al-Mu’min’s Urban Vision for Almohad Marrakesh” (Harvard, G. Necipoglu; D. Roxburgh)