In conjunction with In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art, this two-part webinar series for teachers presents a live online discussion with scholars, artists, and educators exploring visual culture and art technologies in Persian history and contemporary Iran. Both sessions will model close looking and object-based learning in the classroom.
Amir, writer; Khalil, artist; and Olga Davidson, Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies & Civilizations, Boston University
How are contemporary Iranian artists inﬂuenced by cultural traditions of the past? How do modern technologies inﬂuence or shape contemporary visual culture? Join digital graphic novelists Amir and Khalil to learn about the inﬂuence of the great Persian epic the Shahnama (The Book of Kings) on their work. The epic poem, written over 1,000 years ago, addresses themes of leadership, authority, and power. Amir and Khalil harness the potential of digital media to explore similar issues in their graphic novels, which focus on contemporary Iran. Olga Davidson will introduce the Shahnama.
Discussion will take place via live audio and video feeds. The session will be run via an AdobeConnect virtual classroom and can be accessed from any computer equipped with the latest version of Flash. Run a test of your computer’s operating capabilities for the webinar here. A computer with a microphone or external headset is recommended but not required.
To register, please complete this online reservation form. Upon registration, you will receive a link to the webinar.
Cosponsored by the Outreach Center at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Harvard Art Museums.