Nancy Um to speak at Leiden University

On April 6, 2018, Nancy Um will deliver a lecture in the Gravensteen Lecture Series at Leiden University
From Ship to Shore: Commercial Privilege and Material Culture in Eighteenth-Century Yemen”
Abstract: Material objects played a key role in mediating the social world of overseas merchants in the deeply commercial and maritime societies around the rims of the Red Sea and the western Indian Ocean in the eighteenth century.  While foreign goods, such as Chinese porcelain, imported textiles, horses, coffee, and spices, were highly desirable in the marketplaces of the Arabian Peninsula, these objects were not just commodities. In this talk, I will demonstrate how such items were deployed in ceremonial activities in the early modern port of Mocha. Subject to site-specific hierarchies of commercial privilege, these objects thus exceeded their commercial character and their transactional value.

Tom McDonough to speak at Guggenheim Danh Vo symposium

On Saturday, April 28, Tom McDonough, Associate Professor of Art History at Binghamton, will join Joshua Chambers-Letson of Northwestern and Patricia Falguières of the French EHESS in providing readings of Danh Vo’s multivalent artistic practice, currently the subject of a major retrospective at the Guggenheim museum. For more information, visit

Paulina Banas’ article in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide

Binghamton alumna Paulina Banas published the article, “From Picturesque Cairo to Abstract Islamic Designs: L’Art arabe and the Economy of Nineteenth-Century Book Publishing,” in the most recent issue of Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide: a journal of nineteenth-century visual culture 17:1 (Spring 2018). Read the piece here [].

Émile Prisse d’Avennes (artist) and Daniel Vierge Urrabieta (lithographer), Arabesques: Pavement de mosaïque, fragments disposée sur le plan des dorqâah (du XVIe. au XVIIIe. siècle) (Arabesques: Mosaic Pavement, Fragments Arranged on the Plan of the Dorqâah [from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century]), 1869–77. Chromolithograph. Published in L’Art arabe (Paris: Vve A. Morel et Cie., 1869–77), I: pl. 56.