PRESERVING PLACE: ISSUES AND INSIGHTS IN DOCUMENTING CULTURAL HERITAGE IN THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST
Tuesday, 22 September 2015 from 13:00 to 14:30 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
About the Event
Throughout the Middle East, cultural heritage is being destroyed faster than we can document it. Dr Smith’s paper examines the processes and praxes necessary to capture information documenting material and visual culture – from monumental to ephemeral -- for future generations.
About the Speaker
Dr Sharon C. Smith is Program Head at the Aga Khan Documentation Centre at MIT, and Co-Director of Archnet. She earned her PhD from Binghamton University, SUNY, in 2009. Her areas of specialisation include Middle Eastern art and architecture, and Early Modern Italian art and architecture. Sharon sits on several boards, including the Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC), and was recently named a Fellow of the Institute, Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM). In addition, Sharon serves as image editor for Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World. She has presented widely on issues of documentation, digitization, and the dissemination of knowledge, as well as on art historical topics primarily focused on visual and material culture in the Early Modern Mediterranean.
When & Where
Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
AKU-ISMC provides a multifaceted approach to the study of Muslim civilisations - within a framework of world cultures and through the humanities and social sciences - allowing for a wider analytical and comparative perspective. This approach is reflected in a post-graduate master's programme, professional programmes and through quality research and publications. It is reinforced by a unique bibliographical project, the Muslim Civilisations Abstracts.