Fifty Shades of Womanhood: Female representations in Safavid Isfahan

Negar Habibi
27 May 2022, 17:20-18:00

The Trinity Long Room Hub, Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Dublin


Negar Habibi will participate at the in-person academic conference “Seeing Isfahan: Perspectives on the Safavid Image” will examine an illuminating cross-section of visual and intellectual culture in Isfahan. Organized by the Chester Beatty and Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute, it is held in association with the Chester Beatty exhibition Meeting in Isfahan: Vision and Exchange in Safavid Iran. A programme of twelve speakers will present new research that asks how Safavid identity was visualised in early modern Iran.


To register and for more information: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/seeing-isfahan-perspectives-on-the-safavid-image-tickets-333831959377



KEYNOTE: Massumeh Farhad, National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (Available live online and in-person)

Towards a New Pictorial Language: Painting and Patronage in Seventeenth-Century Iran

(The keynote will be available live online and in-person)

11:00-11:20 Coffee

Session 1: New Sensations: Taste and Vision

11:20-12:00 | Sussan Babaie. The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London

Art, food, and the emergence of a cuisine

12:00-12:40 | Farshid Emami, Rice University

Space, Time, and Vision in Late Safavid Paintings

12:40-13:40 Break for lunch

Session 2: Translations: Occult Science, Antiquity, and Language

13:40-14:20 | Matthew Melvin-Koushki, University of South Carolina

Philosophy, Amuletry, and Talismanic Cities: Isfahan as Timurid-Safavid Occult Capital

14:20-15:00 | Lindsay Allen, King’s College London

The Dimensions of Antiquity in Safavid Iran

15:00-15:40 | Ladan Niayesh, Université Paris Cité

The Lives and Times of Thomas Herbert’s Persian Glossary (1634, 1638, 1664)

15:40-16:00 Tea

Session 3: Burning and Melting: Binding, Imitation, and Gender

16:00-16:40 | Kristine Rose-Beers ACR, Head of Conservation, Chester BeattyPressure Tooled and Soft Textile: Diverse Bindings from a Cosmopolitan City

16:40-17:20 | Michael Chagnon, Curator, Aga Khan Museum; Assistant Professor (status-only), Department of Art History, University of TorontoCBL T 433: A Treasury of Innovation

17:20-18:00 | Negar Habibi, University of GenevaFifty Shades of Womanhood: Female representations in Safavid Isfahan

Saturday 28 May, TCD Long Room Hub

09:45-10:00 Coffee

Session 4: City Careers: Painters and Patronage Options in Isfahan

10:00-10:40 | Moya Carey, Curator of Islamic Collections, Chester Beatty

Reza `Abbasi’s narrative work in the Book of Kings (CBL Per 277)

10:40-11:20 | Quentin Arnoux, University of Geneva

Searching for patrons and inspiration: Mu`in Musavvir and his artistic journey in the streets of Isfahan

11:20-12:00 | Amy Landau, Fowler Museum, UCLA

Muhammad Zaman and Technologies of the Image

12:00-12:30 Round Table