Public Lecutre: Contemporary Museum Projects in the Arab-Persian Gulf Region. Catalysts for Social Change and Crosscultural Dialogue? by Dr Ulrike Al Khamis
2 February 2012 at AKU-ISMC London, 17:30-19:30
The lecture will review the newly emerging museum landscape in the Gulf Region before focusing on one particular case study, the Museum of Islamic Civilization, in Sharjah, UAE. Through the case study, Dr Al Khamis will attempt to throw light on the complex driving forces, aspirations, challenges and opportunities at play in the regional quest for museums. These museums seek to both meaningfully engage local audiences and "hold their own" internationally -- as cultural markers of national pride and Arab-Islamic identity on the one hand, and as spaces for peaceful engagement with globalised modernity on the other.
Dr Ulrike Al Khamis has worked as Co-Director and Sharjah Museums Department Advisor for the Islamic and Middle Eastern Art collections, Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization (SMIC), Sharjah, UAE from 2007-2010. She has also worked as a curator at the National Museums of Scotland and the Glasgow Museums. Dr al-Khamis has a PhD from Edinburgh University, Department of Fine Arts and has written her dissertation on Early Islamic Bronze and Brass Ewers from the 7th to the 13th Century AD. She will be teaching in the MA Programme at AKU-ISMC in 2012.
No pre-registration required - Free entry for the public.
This lecture is available as webinar:
Professional Programmes Unit
Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
The Aga Khan University (International) in the United Kingdom
210 Euston Road
London NW1 2DA
Tel. +44  20 7380 3865
Fax.+44  20 7380 3830
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