Abigail Balbale’s essay, “Bridging Seas of Sand and Water: The Berber Dynasties of the Islamic Far West,” has been published in the new Companion to Islamic Art and Architecture, Vol. 2, Finbarr Barry Flood and Gulru Necipoglu, editors (Wiley Blackwell, 2017). Her fall semester webinar entitled “The Social Life of Islamic Textiles,” which is part of the International Islamic Material Culture Webinar Initiative, began September 12 with ten students in the classroom at Bard Graduate Center joined via weblink by fifteen participants from around the world including curators, scholars, and doctoral students.

In September, Ivan Gaskell presented the keynote address, “Display Displayed,” at the symposium, “Collections, Display, and the Agency of Objects” at the University of Cambridge. He also delivered an invited paper at the symposium, “Exploring Beauty and Truth in Worlds of Color: Race, Art, and Aesthetics in the 21st Century,” at Oberlin College.

François Louis delivered a lecture to the Society for Asian Art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, as part of their Arts of Asia Lecture Series September 29. The 90-minute talk was entitled “A Tang-Dynasty Shipwreck and Marine Archaeology.”

Andrew Morrall’s essay, “The Power of Nature and the Agency of Art,” has been published in The Agency of Things in Medieval and Early Modern Art, Graźyna Jurkowlaniec, Ika Matyjaszkiewicz, Zuzanna Sarnecka, editors (Routledge, 2017). Another essay, “Virgil’s Flute: The Art and Science of ‘Antique Letters’ and the Origins of Knowledge,” is appearing in The Primacy of the Image in Northern European Art, 1400-1700: Essays in Honor of Larry Silver, Debra Taylor Cashion, Henry Luttikhuizen and Ashley D. West, editors (Brill, 2017). On October 13, at CUNY Graduate Center, New York, he delivered a talk entitled “The Reformation and Material Culture” at a conference sponsored by the Renaissance Society of America, celebrating the Luther Quincenteary, “Luther and his Cultural Impact in the Early Modern Period.”

Paul Stirton presented a keynote address at the conference “The Sunday Circle and the Free School of the Humanities,” in Budapest on October 6. Organized by the Institute of Philosophy and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, this conference marked the centenary of the Sunday Circle or Sonntagskreis by Georg Lukács, which established many of the principles of twentieth-century cultural theory.

Ittai Weinryb gave a lecture on aspects of mining at the Art History department at Bern University, Switzerland, on October 18. From October 19 through 21, he participated in a two-day workshop on medieval bronzes at Hildesheim, Germany. ​