CFP: The Visual Culture of Mosques, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (November 23 – 25, 2021), deadline 28 December 2020

Call for Research Submissions on the Visual Culture of Mosques

Dhahran (November 23 – 25, 2021)

In conjunction with the forthcoming exhibition Shatr AlMasjid: the Art of Orientation, the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) is collaborating with the Abdullatif Al Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture to host a three-day conference to address the historical meaning, culture, evolution and functions of the mosque.

Ithra and Abdullatif Al Fozan are announcing an open call for research submissions on the visual culture of the mosque for the conference that will take place at Ithra from November 23 – 25, 2021. This is an open call for architects, designers, archeologists, artists, writers, historians and curators to present their original research, objects or insights about mosques and related cultural objects.

Categories of submission include:

  • Research papers.
  • Models, objects.
  • Posters.
  • Audio-visual productions.

The selection criteria include creative ways of addressing the culture, history and meaning of mosques through objects. The goal is a more insightful and expanded understanding of the mosque.

The conference will focus on architectural forms and design elements as well as objects used in and around mosques such as lamps, windows, furniture, carpets, pulpits, calligraphy and so on.

The deadline for submissions is December 28, 2020. For more information, please download this PDF.

Or send your registration submission by email at

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Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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