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Developing Room | Photography & Making Modernity in the Islamic Mediterranean: Istanbul, Cairo & Ma’an

April 22, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Photography and Making Modernity in the Islamic Mediterranean: Istanbul, Cairo and Ma’an

Friday, April 22, 2022 | 12:30–4:00pm CT | 1:30–5:00pm ET

The event will be hybrid: held both in person and on Zoom. To attend via Zoom, please register at this link.
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The schedule is US Eastern Time (EDT)

In celebration of the launch of the new book, Making Modernity in the Islamic Mediterranean (Indiana University Press, 2022), this panel focuses on the transformational role of photography in four careful case studies from the nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire. The conditions of nineteenth-century modernity fundamentally altered an individual’s relationship to time, space, community, and matter, at both the macro and the micro level. Four of the book’s eleven chapters examine diverse ways in which the novel technology of photography contributed to intense aesthetic negotiation with these conditions that were changing across the globe. From the role of Muybridge’s locomotion studies in the Ottoman capital to photographs of imperial tents on the Hijaz railway to photographs of a new mosque on Cairo’s skyline, these four papers break new ground by uniting the field of Islamic art history with the history of photography.

The event is free and open to the public.


Center for Cultural Analysis
Islam, the Humanities and the Human
Art History Department


1:30: Introduction
1:40: Participant Interventions
2:40: Break
2:50: Roundtable
4:00: Discussion with audience
5:00: End

Panelists: Gülru Çakmak, Emily Neumeier, Alex Dika Seggerman, and Ashley Dimmig


April 22, 2022
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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