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Fwd: GRANT- Water in Islamic Art and Culture, Qatar, Nov. 4-6, 2007

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Subject: GRANT- Water in Islamic Art and Culture, Qatar, Nov. 4-6, 2007
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GRANT- Water in Islamic Art and Culture, Qatar, Nov. 4-6, 2007

Posted by: Diane Tepfer < dtepfer@vcu.edu>

Fellowships for travel and accommodation are available for scholars of
Islamic art to attend Rivers of Paradise: Water in Islamic Art and
Culture at VCU's Qatar campus Nov. 4-6, 2007.

The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development
and the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Arts are offering
15 Hamad Bin Khalifa travel fellowships.

The Hamad Bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art strives to foster the
development of an international community of researchers and scholars
in Islamic art and cultures. The fellowship provides financial support
for conference attendance and recognition of scholars from diverse
geographic and cultural areas, including those from the less developed
and less well-funded countries.

Many scholars, who more characteristically conduct research for years
with minimal support, are having a hard time believing that these
generous fellowships are merely to attend the symposium, and not to
present papers, as is usual with travel fellowships.

Thirteen speakers from around the world from a variety of disciplines
will explore the theme of water in the Islamic lands from southern
Europe to South Asia from the 7th century to the present. Topics range
from the supply and distribution of water to its role in religion and
popular culture.

Attendance at the Rivers of Paradise: Water in Islamic Art and Culture
Symposium in Doha, Qatar is an opportunity for advanced students and
other scholars from around the world to meet and interact with one
another. The fellowship will also allow students and scholars to visit
Doha, one of the fastest-growing Islamic Art centers in the Middle East.

Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom, shared holders of the Hamad bin
Khalifa Endowed Chair of Islamic Art at VCU and the Norma Jean
Calderwood University Chair of Islamic and Asian Art at Boston
College, and curators of the acclaimed current exhibition of Islamic
art Cosmophilia, are convening the conference.

Online fellowship applications are due June 1, 2007. Complimentary
symposium registration will be available July 2007.  For more
information click http://www.islamicartdoha.org/
or contact Diane Tepfer at dtepfer@vcu.edu

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