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Orientality: Cultural Orientalism and Mentality

When May 17, 2013 09:30 AM to
May 18, 2013 05:00 PM
Where The Old Library, Pembroke College
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Orientality posterThe conference 'Orientality: Cultural Orientalism and Mentality' will be held on 17-18 May 2013, Pembroke College, Cambridge, Old Library. It is organised by the Shahnama Centre, Pembroke College Cambridge jointly with the Orientalist Museum Doha. The papers presented at the conference will discuss different aspects of Cultural Orientalism, including visual art, literature, music and dance. Among speakers there are museum directors, writers and academics coming from the UK, Europe, Qatar, Turkey, Uzbekistan and the USA. The topics of their presentations range from impressionist painting in Nukus and Ottoman travelogue literature, to the pragmatic Orientalism of Dyagilev's ballets in Paris, Orientalist photography in the Levant, Portuguese luxury trade and Persian lacquer of European origin.

The organisers of the Cambridge conference Dr Firuza Melville (University of Cambridge), Dr Olga Nefedova (Orientalist Museum) and Professor Jean Michel Massing (University of Cambridge) aim to establish a special long-term programme on Cultural Orientalism which would include on a regular basis joint academic gatherings(conferences, seminar series, workshops and round tables) and exhibitions.

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