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The Mercantile Effect: On art and exchange in the Islamicate world during 17th - 18th centuries
18-19 November, Berlin
Gingko | The Courtauld Institute of Art
Hosted by the Barenboim-Said Akedemie with the support of the Museum für Islamische Kunst im Pergamonmuseum
Convened by Dr Sussan Babaie, The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London Dr Melanie Gibson, Editor of the Gingko Library Arts Series Dr Barbara Schwepcke, Gingko Library
From Agra to Aleppo, Bandar Abbas to Marseilles, Cairo to Canton, Goa to Zanzibar; peoples as diverse as Armenians, Indians, Chinese, Arabs, Persians and Europeans, traversed long distances along land and maritime trade routes moving art things and their attendant ideas, ideals, and technologies. The development of mercantile networks and global trade routes in the early- modern period relied on the emergence of new institutional and cultural methods of exchange. The formulation of diverse collective ventures was organized through the Dutch, English and French East India companies and additionally by the establishment of a colonial presence in the New World by the Dutch and Portuguese, ensuring a territorial sphere of power and increased influence through trade. Material culture – including building ideas – connected aspirations towards prestigious foreign and exotic objects, new luxuries in manufactured textiles, inlaid metalwork, paper products, glazed ceramic and painted porcelain vessels.
The conference will include a literary event, a milestone on the road to the New Divan, the lyrical dialogue between East and West, which will culminate in the Gingko Conference in 2019, on the 200th anniversary of the publication of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s West- östlicher Divan.
The presentations and discussions will be live-streamed on YouTube and Facebook Live to reach the widest possible audience. Visitors are invited to participate in the discussion via the Twitter handle ♯askGingko.
The Barenboim-Said Akademie is a music academy in Berlin, which finds its roots in the spirit of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, an orchestra founded by the conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim and Edward W. Said, the American-Palestinian literary theorist and public intellectual, in order to unite young Arab and Israeli musicians.
The Courtauld Institute of Art is the world’s leading centre for the study of art history, conservation and curating.
The Gingko foundations (Gingko Library, a registered charity in England and Wales, and the Stiftung-Gingko Library, Munich and Berlin) promote dialogue with the Middle East, West Asia and North Africa.
The Multaka project at the Museum für Islamische Kunst in Berlin trains Syrian and Iraqi refugees as guides so that they can conduct museum tours for Arabic-speaking visitors. Multaka (Arabic for meeting point) also aims to facilitate the interchange of diverse cultural and historical experiences.
SPEAKERS THIS YEAR INCLUDE:
Lubaaba Al-Azami, Sussan Babaie, Anna Ballian, Anna Beselin,Nicole Kancal Ferrari, Melanie Gibson, Frederica Gigante, Francesco Gusella,Negar Habibi, Sinem Erdoğan Işkorkutan, Gul Kale, Dipti Khera, William Kynan-Wilson, Suet May Lam, Amy Landau, George Manginis, Zaheen Maqbool, Christos Merantzas, Alexandra Roy, Alberto Saviello, Barbara Haus Schwepcke, Lale Uluç, Nancy Um, Stefan Weber
THE FULL PROGRAMME IS AVAILABLE HERE