Ernst Herzfeld Society

For Studies in Islamic Art and Archaeology

Announcement of a conference

Production, Transmission & Interpretation: an interdisciplinary conference on Islamic Art, Architecture, and Archaeology organised by the Departments of History of Art, and Archaeology and scheduled to take place in the University of York (Campus West and King’s Manor) between 13 and 15 March 2024.

In addition to 27 academic papers presented by international scholars across seven panels, the highlights of the conference include a curatorial walkthrough of the exhibition Arts of the Islamic World led by Dr Richard Piran McClary, and keynote addresses by leading experts of Islamic visual and material culture – China on Display: Ming Porcelain in Mughal Architecture by Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi, The Islamic Fascination with Domes by Professor Robert Hillenbrand, and Learning from Mistakes: Craft Practice and the Interpretation of Early Islamic Art  by Professor Marcus Milwright.

Attendance is by registration only with limited available seats; links and relevant details follow:

Day 1 Free registration for both Inaugural Lecture and Curatorial Walkthrough

Day 2 Paid registration for conference

          Independent free registration for Professor Hillenbrand’s public keynote

(Details forthcoming on the History of Art events page and social media handles)

Day 3 Paid registration for conference and Closing Keynote

The complete three-day programme can be downloaded here and questions may be sent to Parshati Dutta and Nausheen Hoosein at

Call for Papers: Islamic Archaeology Conference 2024

07.-09. November 2024
Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany

Islamic Archaeology Conference 2024 invites scholars, researchers, and professionals
worldwide to participate in a comprehensive exploration of the material culture of the Early and Middle Islamic periods (600-1500 AD) and in analyzing historical narratives and syntheses that the discipline contributes to. This conference aims to provide a platform for contributions from diverse groups of people and for exchanging ideas, methodologies, and discoveries in Islamic archaeology.

Deadline: 31. March 2024

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Graduate Student Meeting – Call for Papers

19th Colloquium of the Ernst Herzfeld-Gesellschaft | Ernst Herzfeld Society

Romont (Switzerland) 4 July 2024

Are you a graduate student in Islamic Art, Architecture, or Archaeology? Are you interested in meeting other students working on related topics? Would you like to discuss your research with your peers? How about presenting a paper based on your research at the graduate student meeting of the Ernst Herzfeld Society?

The graduate student meeting offers an opportunity for graduate students in the fields of Islamic Art History, Archaeology, and Architecture to present their ongoing research while providing a platform for discussion and networking. It is organized by Suzanne Compagnon of Utrecht University. It will take place at the Vitrocentre Romont in Romont (Switzerland) on Thursday 4 July 2024 in conjunction with the 19th Colloquium of the Ernst Herzfeld Society.

Further information…

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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in History of Islamic Art and Architecture, American University in Cairo

The Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations invites applications from a historian of art and architecture with a primary focus on the study of the Islamic world before 1800 for an open-rank appointment that will begin in the fall of 2024. This is a fixed-term position for four years, renewable upon successful review.

Deadline: 30.01.2024


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The Institute of Archaeological Sciences at Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, seeks to fill in a PostDoc-position in Islamic Archaeology (part-time, 50%, TV-GU-E13) to the next possible date. The position is for three years with a possible extension after positive evaluation.

Deadline: 21.11.2023


CALL FOR PAPERS: Glass in the Islamic World

19th Colloquium of the Ernst Herzfeld-Gesellschaft | Ernst Herzfeld Society

Vitrocentre Romont, Switzerland, 4-6 July 2024

In the field of Islamic art, glass continues to be one of the less researched media. While glass mosaics, stucco glass windows or blown glass produced in the region aroused the interest of scholars in the emerging disciplines of Islamic archaeology and art history in the 19th and early 20th centuries, its study increasingly lost importance in the course of the 20th century and is now largely confined to specialized circles, even though glass has always played a significant role in the art and architecture of the Islamic world.

(Extended) Deadline for submissions: 31 December 2023
Notification of acceptance: 1 February 2024

Further information …

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Post-doctoral research and teaching position (80–100%, non tenure-track) available at the Chair of the History of Textile Arts of the Institute of Art History, University of Bern

Starting 1 August 2023 (or as agreed) for two years (with an option for extension).

Application deadline: 15 April 2023

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Im Museum für Islamische Kunst der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin ist eine Stelle als
Museolog:in (m/w/d) zu besetzen.

Das Museum für Islamische Kunst im Pergamonmuseum gehört zu den bedeutendsten und ältesten Sammlungen islamischer Kunst außerhalb der islamisch geprägten Welt. Im deutschen Sprachraum ist das international renommierte Haus einzigartig. Es beherbergt in enzyklopädischer Weise Meisterwerke der Kunst und Objekte materieller Kultur mehrheitlich muslimischer Gesellschaften und der mit ihnen lebenden christlichen und jüdischen Gruppen – einschließlich bedeutendster Architekturzeugnisse. Im Rahmen der anstehenden Baumaßnahmen im Pergamonmuseum werden die Sammlungsbestände umgelagert. Zur Unterstützung bei der Vorbereitung und Begleitung der Umzüge suchen wir eine:n Museolog:in.

Bewerbungsfrist: 24.04.2023

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Ernst Herzfeld Award for Master Theses in Islamic Art History and Archaeology – Call for Applications

Deadline: November 13th, 2022

The Ernst Herzfeld-Gesellschaft für Islamische Kunst und Archäologie | Ernst Herzfeld Society for Studies in Islamic Art and Archaeology is pleased to announce the third edition of the Ernst Herzfeld Award for Master Theses in Islamic Art History and Archaeology. The aim of the award is to encourage and support emerging scholars in Europe who are working on visual and material culture of Islamic countries in the fields of Art History, Archeology, and Historical Building Research. The Ernst Herzfeld Award highlights the diversity and innovation of current research in these growing fields. The successful candidate is honored at the annual colloquium of the Ernst Herzfeld Society, offered a full travel grant to present her/his master thesis at the colloquium, and is granted publication of the presented paper in the series of the Society, Beiträge zur Islamischen Kunst und Archäologie (BIKA).

Information on how to apply can be found here.