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International Conference. Islamic Heritage through the Lens of Scholarly Archives: New Perspectives in Islamic Art and Archaeology

Musée du Louvre & Sorbonne Université, Paris
October 3-4, 2019

This international conference will explore the contribution of scholarly archives (photographic collections, notes, field notebooks, correspondences, unpublished book drafts etc.) to the study of Islamic heritage. In the context of restricted access to the field, these archive collections constitute corpuses of primary sources essential for writing the history of a heritage often lost or endangered. This invaluable documentation offers also new perspectives to the historiography of Islamic Art and Archaeology and sheds new light on the development of scholar networks, since the 19th Century, around the medieval and modern heritage of the Islamic world. These archive collections are the subject of recent research and scientific programs for their valorization, shared by international scholars during the eight panels of the conference.

Conference organized by Sorbonne Université (Eloïse Brac de la Perrière, Maxime Durocher) & Musée du Louvre (Etienne Blondeau, Yannick Lintz), with the financial support of UMR 8167 Orient et Méditerranée, Barakat Trust, Fondation Max Van Berchem, Fondazione Bruschettini and Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art.

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