Call for papers: Repositioning Mughal Architecture Within the Persianate World4/30/20146/6/2014
Society of Architectural Historians, Chicago, April 15-19, 2015
Deadline for abstracts: June 6, 2014
Society of Architectural Historians
1365 N. Astor Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Annual Conference, Chicago, April 15-19, 2015
For complete instructions for submissions, the the web page, below.
When the Mughal dynasty ruled over South Asia (here referring to
modern-day Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Nepal), in the
creation of their courtly culture and systems of administration they
drew on both their Central Asian, Timurid heritage as well as
pre-existing South Asian traditions. This was true also of the Mughals'
architectural patronage, in which aspects of Timurid building practices
were combined with characteristics of an existing, local South Asian
repertoire of architecture to create a Mughal style.
While not diminishing the importance of South Asia's impact on the
architectural creations of the Mughals, this panel seeks to examine the
idea of a shared cultural and artistic heritage that existed between
the Mughals and other Persian-speaking societies and kingdoms.
Therefore, papers presenting new research on Indo-Islamic architecture
of the Mughal-era (1526-1858) as part of an architectural tradition
belonging to the wider Persianate world, a broad region including Iran,
the Caucasus, Central Asia, South Asia, and some parts of the former
Ottoman Empire, are welcome.
Possible themes to consider include, but are not limited to: the
movement of architects and/or craftsmen between the Mughal Empire and
other parts of the Persianate world; architectural forms and/or
decoration used within and throughout the Indo-Iranian region; papers
which focus on a single building or group of buildings that were built
in South Asia but looked to a Persianate heritage for their creation,
or a monument or group of structures created within the wider
Persianate world that were indebted to Mughal architecture for theirs;
exploring the commonality between the architecture of the Indo-Iranian
world through texts, visual representations and archaeology.
Session chair: Mehreen Chida-Razvi, SOAS, University of London,
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