Christina Connett to speak on Qatari Collections
Christina Connett (Lecturer, History of Art and Visual Culture) will give a talk titled “Defining Doha: Qatari Collections and Resources for Scholars” on Wednesday, May 2 as part of the John Carter Brown Library Fellows Lunches. Brown bag lunch sharing will start at 12 and the talk will commence at 12:30pm. The talk will take place at Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown Street.
For the last few decades, the royal family of Qatar has been busy building vast and important collections which are largely unknown to the international academic community. With the highest GDP per capita in the world and a great interest in cultural heritage, the Qataris have been driving art markets and building museums at a furious pace, but a meaningful infrastructure for researchers needs development. This talk will provide an overview of the public and private institutions of Doha and define key collections in an attempt to build relationships between international scholars and Qatari resources. Connett will focus on the Arab and Islamic Heritage Library, formerly a private royal collection and now part of the Qatar Foundation, which houses significant maps, manuscripts and books related to Qatar and Arabia from European and Arabic sources, and discuss this collection as a heritage repository with similar interests to the John Carter Brown Library.
Connett’s research in Qatar received support from RISD’s Professional Development Fund.