Society of Architectural Historians, 67th Annual Conference
Austin, TX, 9-13 April 2014

Deadline: 1 June 2013

For full call for papers and to submit abstracts:

Over the past years, a critical body of scholarship on the architecture of late
medieval Anatolia has emerged, which discusses the fluid frontier character of
the region as crucial for its building fabric. Increasingly, historians of art
and architecture look across the perceived boundaries between modern nation
states or religious communities. Rapid historical changes affected the region:
in the late eleventh century, Turkish Muslim tribal confederations moved into
the Byzantine Empire. As one of these groups, the Seljuks, consolidated their
rule, the slow yet steady Islamization of Anatolia began. The Seljuks
commissioned mosques, city walls, and caravanserais to mark their rule. Already
in the 1240s, the Mongol of the region led to the submission of the Seljuks to
new overlords. Under Mongol rule, architectural patronage in Muslim Anatolia
greatly shifted; connections to Iran, the Caucasus, and Central Asia were
renewed. The Byzantine capital fell to the Fourth Crusade in 1204, only to be
reestablished several decades later in diminished form. The nascent Ottoman
principality became an important new actor that would defeat the Byzantine
Empire with the conquest of Constantinople in 1453. Cemal Kafadar has pointed
out that limitations of national narratives have greatly influenced the study
of the history, art, and architecture of the region. Medieval Anatolia tends to
be presented looking back from the perspective of the Ottoman Empire in the
sixteenth century. Thus, the medieval monuments appear as mere sources of
inspiration for the imperial Ottoman mosques. This panel invites studies that
cross disciplinary divides within architectural history and archaeology, and
engage critically with the national historiographies of Turkey, Armenia,
Georgia, Iran, and Greece, to create a more nuanced picture of this
historically and culturally complex period through its monuments.

Patricia Blessing, Stanford University,

Camille Rhoné

Agrégée d'histoire, titulaire d'une thèse de doctorat en histoire de l'Islam médiéval ("Défendre le territoire en Iran nord-oriental - Khorassan et Transoxiane -, IXe-XIe siècle"), Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

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