Christina Connett Speaking in Doha, Qatar
Christina Connett (Lecturer, History of Art and Visual Culture) is speaking at the Orientalist Museum Conference in Doha, Qatar, November 28-29, 2010. The title of her talk is “A Cartographic Journey through the Ottoman Empire: European Orientalism and Mapping”.
Connett is a cartographic art historian and Director of Art Collections Management for an Atlanta based software company. She holds a BA in Art History from Northwestern University in Illinois, an MA from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and is a doctoral candidate in Arte, paisaje y cultura visual at the University of Valencia, Spain. The working title for her dissertation is “Mapping as a Strategy of Power, Authority and Visual Narrative in the Frontispieces of Historia general de los hechos de los Castellanos en las islas y tierra firme del Mar Oceano, Antonio Herrera y Tordesillas”.
Work on this subject led to a complementary interest in researching the indebtedness of early Renaissance Spanish map production to Spain’s Islamic heritage, and, consequently, Christina spent some time in Doha on a RISD Professional Development Fund grant researching at the Islamic Heritage Library and the Museum of Islamic Arts.
Further Information on the Conference:
The Orientalist Museum is holding a symbolic exhibition, “A Journey into the World of the Ottomans,” in the temporary gallery of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar. A two day international conference is also planned to accompany this exhibition in the auditorium of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar. Distinguished scholars from art history, cultural studies, literature, architectural history, and Ottoman history, as well as museum professionals will explore the subject of orientalism in art and history, examining the interconnected history of the Ottoman and European empires. The conference will also address broader questions of cultural exchange between Ottoman and European cultures from the 16th to 20th centuries. It will be held from November 28-29, 2010.
The link to the conference website can be followed here: http://www.qma.com.qa/om/index.html