Lecture, Ascent of Images: Mapping Time at the Amadiya Akropolis

The Mosul Gate, Amadiya/Amedi, 1142 C.E. Photo: Zainab Bahrani

The Mosul Gate, Amadiya/Amedi, 1142 C.E. Photo: Zainab Bahrani, “Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments,” Columbia University, New York, 2013

Zainab Bahrani, the Edith Porada Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, New York, delivers the keynote lecture for Border Crossing: Historians of Islamic Art Association 2018 Biennial Symposium. In this lecture, Bahrani explores an image world that is both ancient and Islamic, arguing that Mesopotamian images were purposely integrated into the Zengid Akropolis of Amadiya in northern Iraqi Kurdistan, collapsing temporal boundaries. Introducing the “Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments” project, which she began in 2013 and upon which this work depends, Bahrani maintains that the continuing presence of the past is distinctive of, and inspired by, the richly multitemporal landscape of the region of northern Mesopotamia.

Note: This lecture will be held at the Loria Center, 190 York Street, Room 250.