‘Funūn (Ar. arts) - Transcultural Perspectives’ is a new section of the peer-reviewed online journal ‘kunsttexte.de’. The section aims to explore boundary-transgressing artistic phenomena and the history and methods of their scholarly investigation, with a special focus on arts from Islamicate cultures.
Observing transcultural artistic interactions within one, or between several different Islamic societies, as well as analysing artistic contacts with non-Islamic cultures highlights the plurality and heterogeneity of so-called ‘Islamic art’. Pointing to common references, shared artistic traditions and continuous processes of transfer does not intend to negate cultural differences; instead, the section ‘Funūn’ draws attention to the flexibility of discursive boundaries. Through its emphasis on transcultural perspectives, the section proposes to contribute to current academic debates on artistic categorisations and conceptual boundaries as well as to promote a better understanding of ‘Islamic arts’ as an integral part of global cultural production.
The first issue of the section is open to a range of research projects and therefore will not be restricted thematically, geographically, or chronologically.
Possible paper topics include but are not limited to:
- Investigations of artistic contacts and movements of transfer between different Islamic societies, as well as between Islamic and non-Islamic societies
- Case-studies of Islamicate artefacts, artistic concepts, and artists
- Contextualising approaches to artefacts with transcultural biographies
- Considerations of the representation of ‘Islamic art’ in public spaces and academic discourse
- Critical approaches to the methods of transcultural art history
- Exhibition and book-reviews
We welcome proposals for articles of c. 2500-5000 words and especially encourage contributions by younger scholars. Please send an abstract (c. 300 words) and a short CV by 15th March 2013, to:
Isabelle Dolezalek, Free University Berlin
Alberto Saviello, Free University Berlin
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