Of Satire and Bigotry: Press Culture, Women’s Rights, and Liminal Modernity in West Asia
Templeton Colloquium in Art History

SAVE THE DATE: Friday, February 25, 2022 from 4-6 p.m.
More details to come.

The 2021-2022 Templeton Colloquium in Art History will look at Middle Eastern satire, women, and minorities in the period between 1900 and 1960.


Camron Michael Amin is a professor of history at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. He publishes on the Iranian press and state-feminism in 20th-century Iran. His current work includes two oral history projects:  The Michigan Iranian American Oral History Project and the Modern Middle East Travelers Oral History Project. Amin served as the president of the Association for Iranian Studies from 2018-2020.

Amin will address “Satire and Bigotry in Iranian Press Culture.”

Houri Berberian is a professor of art history, the Meghrouni Family Presidential Chair in Armenian Studies, and the director of the Center for Armenian Studies at UC Irvine. Her most recent publications include “Gendered Narratives of Transgressive Politics: Recovering Revolutionary Rubina,” in Age of Rogues: Rebels, Revolutionaries and Racketeers in Turn of the Century Eurasia Minor, edited by Ramazan Hakki Oztan & Alp Yenen (Edinburgh University Press, 2021) and the forthcoming article co-authored with Talinn Grigor, “Pictorial Modernity and the Armenian Women of Iran,” Journal of Iranian Studies. She received the Dr. Sona Aronian Book Prize for Excellence in Armenian Studies (2020) and the Der Mugrdechian Society for Armenian Studies Outstanding Book Award (2019).

Berberian will discuss “Bogeymen and Birch Brooms: Pictorial Modernity, Satirical Newspapers, and the Armenian Women of Iran, 1920–58.”

Yasemin Gencer is a historian of Islamic art focusing on late Ottoman and early Republican visual culture and print media with a special interest in text and image studies. Gencer is the author of an online research blog entitled Today in 1920s Turkey and a founding member of Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online, a web-based platform devoted to the production and distribution of teaching resources for Islamic art history. Gencer currently teaches Islamic art and architecture at Wayne State University and is an Affiliate Scholar at Indiana University’s Institute for Advanced Study.

Gencer’s talk is entitled “Modernity, Image, and Liminal Identities in the Early Turkish Republican Press.”

Nadia von Maltzahn is a research associate at the Orient Institute Beirut (OIB) in Lebanon and directs the “LAWHA – Lebanon’s Art World at Home and Abroad: Trajectories of artists and artworks in/from Lebanon since 1943” project. She is co-editor of “Insights into Cultural Policies in Lebanon” (Orient-Institute Studies, 2021) and author of “Heritage, Tourism, and the Politics of National Pride. The Baalbeck International Festival in Lebanon” (Quaderni storici, 2019) and “The Museum as an Egalitarian Space? Women Artists in Beirut’s Sursock Museum in the 1960s and 1970s (Manazir, 2019).

Maltzahn’s talk will look at the position of women in Lebanon’s early independent period (1940s and 1950s) through the eyes of Diran Agemian, a caricaturist of Armenian origin.

Organized and moderated by Talinn Grigor, professor of art history, UC Davis. This event is co-sponsored by the Manetti Shrem Museum.

WHEN: Friday, February 25, 2022 from 4-6 p.m. (PST)

WHERE: Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Community Education Room

Media contact: Talinn Grigor, professor of art history, UC Davis

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