22 Oct
23 OctX

CAS: Colour in Islam: Understanding Textual and Visual Historiographies

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22 October 2021 - 23 October 2021

The Center for Advanced Studies at LMU provides a forum for scientific exchange and discussion that bridges the divide between the established disciplines. Its activities are designed to promote all forms of collaborative research and to stimulate interdisciplinary communication within the University. In addition, it facilitates the integration of visiting scholars and scientists into the academic life of the University.

The way in which we understand and use colour says a great deal about our view and experience of the world. What is the colour of the sky? Can the description of colour be objective? How do language and vision relate in this process? Colours can be a feature of an object, an abstract idea, expression of an emotion, political symbol, practical signal, or indeed a material, a product or even a status symbol: In the study of Islam, there have been few explorations of this hugely fascinating subject. Even the rapidly growing and specializing field of Islamic art history has only recently started to look systematically into the issue of colour. Bringing together textual and visual approaches from Islamic Studies, Art History and neighbouring disciplines, this workshop aims to explore colour as a “blind spot” in the modern academic historiography of Islamic arts and cultures.

A Workshop led by Dr. Teresa Bernheimer (LMU) and Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Troelenberg (Utrecht).

The event will be conducted in English. For further information, see the CAS website.

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