DVS Research Talk: Meredyth Winter

When and Where

Friday, December 04, 2020 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Online via Zoom


Meredyth Winter


The Department of Visual Studies presents a virtual research talk for a tenure-stream position in Islamic Art & Architecture:

"Emphatic Repetition: Cycles of Materials & Rulers in the Late Abbasid Middle East (950-1250)"
Dr. Meredyth Winter

December 4, 2020
11 am to 12 pm ET
Online via Zoom

Please contact the DVS Chair's Office via email for Meeting ID & Passcode.

Meredyth Winter is a historian of medieval Islamic art and material culture. Specializing in the late Abbasid period (ca.950-1250 CE), she studies sites and artworks that lie at the intersection of technological and artistic invention. Textiles and textile workers play a central role in much of her work: as the most portable of the luxury arts and the craft enlisting the largest labor force, they constitute invaluable evidence for understanding medieval making processes in all media. Meredyth’s dissertation Silks Withdrawn: A Re-contextualization of the Medieval Fragments from Rayy takes up the sole cache of medieval silks to be recovered from the Central Islamic lands and considers them as a corpus to understand their significance in the late Abbasid world. She traces the textiles through their making, use, and alteration, following their paths in public, courtly, and funerary spheres. She argues that their mediating role negotiated communal markers of identity and established an internal system of signification that would be mirrored in other media and that would lay the groundwork for artistic innovation under Abbasid, Buyid, and Seljuk rulers.

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