New Perspectives on Al-Andalus: Agents and Objects in the Field of Cultural Production


Friday, April 7, 2017, 3:00pm to 8:00pm


RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA

This symposium brings together a distinguished group of scholars working on signal aspects of the history, culture, and art of al-Andalus in order to offer an interdisciplinary forum of discussion that reflects on the current state of the field and helps trace new directions for future study. Speakers will present novel perspectives on significant historical figures such as Abd al-Rahman III, Al-Hakam II, Alfonso X, Ibn Hazm, and Al-Ghazali, as they engage with topics ranging from the political concept of restoration in the Caliphate of al-Andalus, the role of the intellectual in defining the exercise of power in the field of cultural production, to the operations of objects as agents in the context of the discourse of the gift from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries.

Presentation: Francisco Prado-Vilar
15:00 - 15:40
Enass Khansa (Harvard - AKPIA): The Andalusi Umayyad Crisis in Claiming Arabo-Islamic Cultural Consensus.
15: 50 - 16:30
Maribel Fierro (CSIC): Why did the Cordoban Ibn Ḥazm become a Zahiri?
16:40 - 17:20 
David K. Owen (Harvard): Ibn Hazm's Arabic-Latin Context in Digital and Symbolic Perspective.
17:20 - 18:00
Kenneth Garden (Tufts): Al-Ghazali in the Eleventh-Century Maghrib: Influence Real and Imagined.
18:10 - 18:50
Francisco Prado-Vilar (Harvard-RCC): Art and Diplomacy: New Research on the Discourse of the Gift in al-Andalus and the Christian West.
18:50 - 19:30
Round table.

Sponsor: RCC

This event is open to the public.

See also: RCC, Cambridge