Prof. Shirine Hamadeh gives York-Noor Lecture today

Professor Shirine Hamadeh from the Department of Art History at Rice University in Texas, will deliver the next York-Noor Lecture in the 2008-2009 series looking at the arts of Islam and Muslim societies.

Left: Shirine Hamadeh

Her lecture, “The Streets of Istanbul (1703-1839)”, will take place Monday, March 16 from noon to 2:30pm in the Vanier Senior Common Room, 010 Vanier College, Keele campus.

Hamadeh teaches courses on the artistic exchanges between the Muslim world and Europe, 19th-century colonial cities, and orientalist painting and literature. Her research deals with Ottoman visual culture and the processes of modernity, urban and architectural expressions of Ottoman modernity, artistic exchanges between the Ottomans and Europe, definitions of modernity outside the western world, issues of westernization and modernization in the 18th- and 19th-century Islamic world, and the interface between art, architecture and poetry in the early modern Ottoman empire.

She is the author of the 2007 book The City’s Pleasures: Istanbul in the Eighteenth Century, as well as various articles on public spaces and urban landscape. In addition, she is the recipient of the 1999 Malcom Kerr Best Dissertation Award in the Humanities, a Dumbarton Oaks Postdoctoral Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities/American Research Institute in Turkey Fellowship and a Getty Fellowship.

The free talk is part of the Annual York-Noor Lecture Series presented by York’s Division of Humanities, the Faculty of Arts and the Noor Cultural Centre.