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Department of History and Cultural Studies

Wendy Shaw’s research focuses on postcolonial art historiography and decolonial art history of the Islamic world and the modern Middle East. She works at the intersection between art history, Islamic art historiography, museum history, and critical theory. Her research interests include:

- modern and contemporary art of the Middle East and the Global South
- Museum studies, museography of Islamic art, and the impact of coloniality and Eurocentrism on museums
- history of colonial photography
- history of archeology in the Middle East
- European painting and art practices in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey
- Islamic art historiography
- intellectual history and historiography of the Islamic world
- Discourses of the image, mimesis, music, and painting in Islamic cultures
- Platonic thought and Platonism
- secularism and religion in art and art history with emphasis on the late Ottoman Empire, Turkey, and other historic regions of Islamic hegemony
- critical and postcolonial theories of heritage, preservation, and decoloniality
- subjectivity, embodiment, and feminist critique
- writing and rhetorical practices


Funded Research Projects

“Other Modernities: Patrimony and Practices of Visual Expression Outside the West,” 2013-2016

Funded by Sinergia, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), co-applicant with Professor Silvia Naef (Université de Genève) and Professor Irene Maffi (Université de Lausanne)
http://p3.snf.ch/project-141909
https://www.unige.ch/lettres/meslo/projets/other-modernities/home/

Bringing together specialists in the fields of Anthropology, Middle Eastern Studies, and Art History, this project considers the historiography of arts in the non-West as part of worldwide processes of modernization. Rather than conceiving of the non-Western present against the backdrop of supposedly authentic, homogenous, and undiluted traditions, this project focuses on the historiographic construction of art and visual culture as intertwined agents and expressions of sociopolitical modernization. It proposes art and performance as parallel arenas through which cultural identity comes to be perceived neither as a search for roots nor a striving for Westernization, but as a process of coming-into-being within a framework of shifting cultural and political hegemonies.

The notion of modernity as a phenomenon that destroys the present in order to build a new future - a tabula rasa phenomenon completely opposed to tradition - is particularly complicated in the case of non-Western settings. Whereas in the West, where the conceptualization of 'the modern' as a post- Enlightenment project of utopian rationality responded against existing traditions, sublimating them into new forms, elsewhere modernization was often understood as erasing local culture in favor of a template borrowed from the West. For example, in much of the Arab world of the early twentieth century, the word ruwwad, pioneers, was used to designate modern artists, as if they were acting in a barren desert rather than in an already rich and vital cultural context. Historiographies of non-Western arts have often followed such a model, viewing artistic production as a belated import rather than a complex part of ongoing cultural change and local processes of modernization.

Consequently, 'tradition,' viewed in opposition to modernity, has often been understood as already finished and only available for revival, even when existing practices have survived into the present, particularly in forms of performance associated with indigenous or rural peoples. Thus the fine arts, associated with modernity, and 'traditional' arts, often commodified in the production of nostalgia or marketed for tourists, serve together as a means of simplifying the complex processes of cultural mixing that this project seeks to unravel. By bringing together the study of cultural production, its preservation, and its commodification, this project aims to reinscribe the agency of artists, arts institutions, and commodity production in the history and analysis of non-Western culture as a socio-political phenomenon.

To this end, the project will:

- study the historiographic divergence between the study of pre-modern non-Western arts and the relative inattention paid to the modern era. It thus aims to establish a paradigm for the study of the modern art (as opposed to much more popular contemporary art) of the non-West, a geo-temporal phenomenon generally excluded from art historical consideration, but nonetheless central to understanding tropes of national identity construction that extend to the present.
- examine the political instrumentalization of art as an agent of modernization within the context of broader practices of visual culture. Rather than conceiving of the visual arts within a domain of elite practice or connoisseurial success, it examines art as a document of modern identity production in line with other visual practices such as clothing or advertising.
- develop specific case studies to suggest the range of the field and encourage future investment in academic positions and public exhibitions of non-Western modern arts and establish research and teaching on these topic within the academic field and affiliated institutions.
- develop a broader synergy between this project, the public, and institutions with similar interests in Switzerland, Europe and the Middle East, which will serve as a focal case study relying on the expertise of the project leaders.


Scientific Coordinator of the SNF-Sinergia sub-project “Heir to the Hybrid Moment: From Tradition to Modernity in Non-Western Visual Arts”

In the last quarter of the nineteenth century, the parameters through which art outside the Western tradition could be perceived changed. On the one hand, in regions as disparate as the Ottoman Empire, Japan, India, and Latin America, European and local scholars and artists began to recognize aspects of local visual traditions that could be contextualized and historicized under the rubric of art. On the other, artists studying in Europe and newly founded art academies in the non-West began to produce art in the Western modality, particularly oil painting and sculpture, over much of the globe. Although generally, the birth of non-Western art histories and that of non-Western modern art have been conceived as disparate phenomena, their historical covalence and their reliance on the same community of scholars and artists suggest that together, they represent what might be called a hybrid moment: a temporally delimited position that can take place at various historical times in which the problematic hybrid of modern non-Western culture emerges, and in the process enables the differentiated perception of modernity and tradition through the definition of their mutual alterity. This research module will investigate the social and political implications of arts produced at this hybrid moment through interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and cross-temporal perspectives. It proposes that, far from antagonistic, the possibility of creating local modern and contemporary art relies on the covalent historicization of traditional forms through art historical writing.


Lecture Series “Islamic Art in the 21st Century” at FU Berlin, 2015

Funded by the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies

Organized and moderated by Wendy Shaw, this lecture series explores the forms and discourses of Islamic art in the 21st century through bringing exceptional international scholars from fields of art, museum management, and art history to Freie Universität Berlin in order to create a dialogue between theoretical approaches, including their political and cultural readings, and curatorial practice. The invited scholars will discuss the relationships between Islam, Muslim culture, and modernity as they are reflected in contemporary art. In recent years, museums around the world have renovated permanent collections of historic Islamic art or opened new ones. The works of contemporary artists from Islamic cultures are met with even greater international interest. The market for art dealing with today's legacies of Islam is growing rapidly. The speakers in the lecture and discussion series “Islamic Art in the 21st Century: Conversations” address the complex relationship between contemporary society and the aesthetics of the Islamic world.

"Contemporary Art and Engagement with Islamic and Socialist Legacies"
Slavs and Tatars (artist collective), May 05, 2015

"Islamic Art History in Museums of the Future"
Ladan Akbarnia, Ph.D., Curator of the Islamic Collections of the British Museum, May 26, 2015

"Our Image-Worlds of Today: Some European-Islamic Encounters"
Christiane Gruber, Professor of Islamic Art, University of Michigan, July 07, 2015


"National Museums in the Republic of Turkey: Palimpsests within a Centralized State," 2011

Funded by EUNAMUS, 7th Framework Program of the European Commission’s European Research Area, funded under Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities
https://ep.liu.se/eunamus/

EUNAMUS explored the creation and power of European national museums. The focus was on understanding the conditions for using the past in negotiations that recreate citizenship, and on the understanding of layers of territorial belonging. The research was conducted through multi-disciplinary collaboration between eight leading university institutions. Project partners and associated researchers explored institutional path dependencies, the handling of conflicts, modes of representation, cultural policy and visitors' experiences. The project aimed to create a platform in an area where research so far had been scattered and fragmented. Previous research on national museums had often been based on individual case studies and often single disciplinary areas, such as art history and archeology. This project adds value by developing a body of knowledge and expertise on the historical trajectories and contemporary complexity of national museums. Understanding the cultural force of national museums will provide citizens, professionals and policy makers with reflexive tools to better communicate and create a common understanding of diversity and community in developing cultural underpinning for democratic governance.


Conferences & Events

Panel speaker in conversation with Finbarr Barry Flood and Richard McGregor, “Islam and the Devotional Object. A Discussion, ”Silsila: Center for Material Histories, New York University Webinar, February 19, 2021, https://as.nyu.edu/content/nyu-as/as/research-centers/silsila/events/2020-2021 /-webinar--islam-and-the-devotional-object--a-discussion.html

Invited Speaker, “Thinking With: Wendy Shaw / What is 'Islamic' Art,” Research Center for Material Culture Amsterdam, November 12, 2020, https://www.materialculture.nl/en/events/thinking-wendy-shaw- what-islamic-art

Roundtable The Idols of ISIS: From Assyria to the Internet, with Aaron Tugendhaft, author of The Idols of Isis (University of Chicago Press, 2020), Michael Rakowitz, and Rijin Sahakian, November 1, 2020, organized by Cabinet Magazine and co- presented with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New York, https://veralistcenter.org/events/the-idols-of-isis-from-assyria-to-the-internet/

Invited Speaker, “What is‘ Islamic ’Art ?,” Manchester Salam Festival, October 28, 2020, http://salaamfestival.co.uk/events/

Guest performer, Listening Session: Sounding Changes, Disrupting Universalism, with Timothy Morton (Rice University), Trickster Orchestra, and Outernational at Radialsystem Berlin, October 25, 2020, https://www.radialsystem.de/outernational/

Invited Speaker, “The Religious and the Secular,” Noqtah / Art Points: AMCA Instagram Live Conversation Series on Modern & Contemporary Art of the MENA, October 22, 2020, http://amcainternational.org/noqtah-art-points/

Invited Speaker, “What is 'Islamic Art' ?,” MARKK Museum am Rothenbaum - Cultures and Arts of the World, Hamburg, September 24, 2020, https://markk-hamburg.de/veranstaltungen/was-ist-islamische-kunst /

Storyteller, Auch — Neighborhood is Art, September 04-06, 2020, https://www.facebook.com/pg/temporarycontactzone/posts/?ref=page_internal

Book Launch, “What is 'Islamic' Art ?,” Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies at FU Berlin, Jan 09, 2020, http://www.bgsmcs.fu-berlin.de/en/dates/Archive/202001_book -launch_shaw.html

Book launch "What is 'Islamic' Art ?," Hopscotch Reading Room, Berlin, November 02, 2019

Invited Speaker, “Museums and Islamic Art: Whose Culture, Whose Colony,” Center for Museum Cultures, Birkbeck College, London, March 01, 2019

Invited Lecture, “From Disenchantment to Reenchantment: Recovering from the Erasure of Orientalism,” Edward Said Lecture Series: 40 Years after 'Orientalism' - Configurations of Knowledge / Power Today, FU Berlin, November 29, 2018

Keynote Lecture, "Privatizing the Republic: Museums, Markets, and Global
Ambitions in Contemporary Turkey, "The Global Power of Private Museums:
Arts and Publics - States and Markets, International Symposium of the Center for Art Market Studies at TU Berlin in cooperation with the Forum Transregionale Studien and its research program Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices, Technische Universität Berlin November 17, 2017

Conference moderator, The Idea of ​​the Global Museum, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, December 02 - 03, 2016

Invited Speaker “Is it possible to be a woman? Gender in Turkey through Gülsün Karamustafa, ”Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, July 13, 2016

“Islamic Art History for the 21st Century,” 12th Colloquium of the Ernst Herzfeld Society, June 30 - July 02, 2016

Invited Speaker, “Islamic Art History for the Rough and Tumble of the 21st Century, or Islamic Art for the Expanded Field,” Bavarian Orient Colloquium of the Universities of Bamberg and Erlangen-Nuremberg, June 16, 2016

Keynote Speaker, “Contemporary Art: Writing Histories for a Middle East Under Erasure,” Conference Troubled Contemporary Art Practices in the Middle East: Post-colonial Conflicts, Pedagogies of Art History, and Precarious Artistic Mobilization, Birkbeck University of London / University of Nicosia , June 03 - 04, 2016

“Sleeping Soundly: Sound and Representation in Islamic Discourses,” Workshop Contested Desires. Figuration and Sensation in Abrahamic Traditions, Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin, March 14 - 16, 2016

"Making Cubism Turkish," Conference museum global? Multiple Perspectives on Art, 1904 - 1950, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, January 20 - 22, 2016

“Sexing Up the Ottoman in the Contemporary Art of Turkey,” International Re-Orientation Conference. Contexts of Contemporary Art in Turkey and On the Road, Ludwig Maximilians University and House of Art, Munich, November 20-21, 2015

Invited Participant, "Collecting Islam in the Ottoman Empire and Egypt: Modernization and the First Islamic Museums of Islamic Art," Conference Collecting and Empires. An Historical and Global Perspective, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (Max Planck Institute), Florence, November 05-07, 2015

"The Ottoman Imperial Museum as an Anti-Colonial Institution," Global History Collaborative Workshop, Freie Universität Berlin, October 05, 2015

Discussant, Workshop Transcultural Art Stories in the Museum, Free University Berlin, September 25-26, 2015

“Making Cubism Turkish: Reinvisioning National Art and its History,” Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf, September 22, 2015

Invited Speaker, “Passion for the Image: The Image as Beloved in Persian Poetry,” Seminar Contested Desires. Figuration and Sensation in Abrahamic Traditions, held at the Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) in Oslo, April 23-24, 2015

Invited Speaker, “The Value of Archeology: Inventing a Worth for Heritage in the Late Ottoman Empire,” Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices & Europe in the Middle East - The Middle East in Europe, Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin, April 22, 2015

“Intersecting Narratives, Interpolating Collections: The Museum of Islamic
Art, Berlin, ”Workshop Collections Used in the History of Science -
Scholarly Value, Market Value, Patrimonial Value, Saw: Mathematical Sciences in the Ancient World, Université Paris Diderot, April 16, 2015

Invited Speaker, "How Change Happens: Visions of Feminism between Here and Elsewhere," Respondent talk to "Casablanca Calling," Berlin Feminist Film Festival, March 10, 2015

Panel discussion, Mosul, North Iraq: cultural destruction in context. A panel discussion, organized by the Institute for Near Eastern Archeology, Free University Berlin and Forum Critical Archeology, March 6, 2015.

Invited Speaker, “Negotiating the Ottoman Legacy in the Art of the Republic of Turkey,” Ottoman Studies Center Inaugural Conference, School for Oriental and African Studies, University of London, June 27-28, 2014

“Consecrated Prison: The film Mahpus (1973) as Mystic Writing Pad of Forgotten Memory and the Family Photographs of Nikolas Theocharis as its Remembrance,” International Conference Ottoman Pasts, Present Cities: Cosmopolitanism and Transcultural Memories, AHRC Research Network, Birkbeck College, University of London, June 26-27, 2014

Invited Participant, “Framing Istanbul: Resonances of the Photography of James Robertson in Envisioning the Istanbul Landscape,” Conference Geographies of Contact: Contexts of Encounter Between Britain and the Middle East from the Middle Ages to the End of the Nineteenth Century, Université de Strasbourg , June 12-14, 2014

Invited Participant, “Dressing the Empire: Ethnic Diversity, Photography, and the Modernization of the Ottoman Imperial Ideal,” Conference Ottoman Pasts, Present Cities: Cosmopolitanism and Transcultural Memories, Birkbeck College, University of London, March 28, 2014

“Cubism in Turkey, 1933-1953: Belated? Bergsonian? Bektashi ?, ”Conference of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey, New York University, October 18-19, 2013

Invited Seminar “Between Lady Montague and the Veiled Islamic Lady: An Immunological Model for the Discourse of Islam in Europe,” Bern Immunology Club Annual Dinner, May 29, 2013

Colloquium Participant, “Beyond the Fear of the Veiled Muslim: Specularity in Modern Public Space,” Le port du voile, entre religion et tradition, Université de Genève, April 11-12, 2013

Invited Speaker, “Troy and the Notion of‘ Treasure ’,” Conference Troy and Turkey: New Perspectives on Turkey’s Cultural Heritage, Allard Pierson Archeology Museum, Amsterdam, March 21-22, 2013

Invited Speaker, “Subodh Gupta and the Politics of Beauty,” Kunstmuseum Thun, February 16, 2013

“The Valorization of Antiquities in the Late Ottoman Empire: Hüseyin Zekai's Discussion of Troy, Baalbek, and the Scholarship of Antiquities in Holy Treasures,” 8th Colloquy of the Ernst Herzfeld Society for Studies in Islamic Art and Archeology, Institute of Art History, University of Zurich, July 6 - 8, 2012

Invited Participant, "Women, Family, and Femininity in Ottoman Photography," Workshop Visualizing Family, Gender Relations, and the Body. The Balkans approx. 1860 - 1950, Center for Southeast European History and Anthropology, University of Graz, June 15 - 17, 2012

Invited Speaker, “Women Artists, Femininity, and the Family between the Ottoman Empire and Turkey,” Lecture Series Historical and Current Developments in Southeastern Europe and the Near East, University of Graz, June 14, 2012

“Translations of Islamic Art into Modern and Contemporary Art of Turkey,” Panel Making Up a Historiography: Contemporary Arts of the Middle East, College Arts Association Conference, Los Angeles, CA, USA, February 22-25, 2012

Invited Speaker, “The Islam in Islamic Art History: the Case of Anatolia,” Orient Institut Istanbul, January 11, 2012

"Islamic Visuality between the Qur'an and Poststructuralism: Reconceptualizing the Boundaries from Religious to Cultural Interpretation," Conference The Qur'an: Text, Society & Culture, Society for Oriental and African Studies, University of London, November 10-12, 2011

Invited Participant, “Icon, Idol, Relic: The Islamic Object and Ontologies of Absence,” Conference Configurations of Muslim Traditions in European Secular Public Spheres, a Dutch National Fund (NWO) -funded network on 'The Semantics of Tolerance and (Anti) Racism in Europe, 'Amsterdam & Utrecht Universities, Casa Árabe, Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), and Zentrum Moderner Orient, Cordoba, Spain, October 13-15, 2011

Invited Speaker, Lecture Series Ottoman Photography, Geography of Photography, Art History Institute of the University of Zurich, October 6, 2011

Participant, EUNAMUS: Building National Museums in Europe, 1750-2010. Bologna, March 31 - April 01, 2011

“Cubism on the Bosporus,” Conference Modernity in Translation? The Global Phenomenon of Modernism, Munich Center of Advanced Studies, December 2, 2010 http://www.changing-views.de/veranstaltungen/2010-12-04/modernity-in-translation

Invited Participant, “The Concept of Heritage in Relation to World Arts: A Matrimony of Others,” Colloquium 40 ans de patrimoine (1970-2010), Université de Genève, December 17-18, 2010

Invited Speaker, “Contemporary Art in China,” in conjunction with the Focus China exhibit, Messe Luzern, June 28, 2010

Invited Participant, “EUNAMUS: European National Museums: Identity Politics and the Uses of the Past,” Stockholm, April 28 - May 01, 2010

“Fortress of Form, Robber of Consciousness: Representation as Structuring Taboo of the Islamic Divine,” Symposium The Semantics of Vision: Art Production and Visual Production in the Middle Ages, University of Bern, May 10-11, 2010

Keynote Speaker, “Artistic Ethnoscapes Across the Great Walls of China,” Symposium The Artist as Ambassador - Sponsored Travel in a Global Age, Kunstmuseum Bern, February 13, 2010

“Culture and Art: the Politics of Seeing,” Lecture Minor in Area and Cultural Studies, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, November 18, 2009

“From Ainslie to Allom: Perceptions of the Picturesque Orient in British Landscapes of the Ottoman Empire,” The Ottoman Empire and English Orientalism, The Pera Museum, November 27-28, 2008

“Perceiving the Past as Heritage: Discourses on Ancient Archaeological Sites and Antiquities in the Late Ottoman Empire,” Conference Owning the Past: Archeology in the Late Ottoman Empire, Center for Near Eastern Studies and Cotsen Institute of Archeology, UCLA, February 29 - March 01, 2008

Invited Lecture, “The Museum as Amnesiac: Contemporary Art and the Role of the Museum in Turkey,” Nurope Nomadic University at Garanti Platform, January 30, 2008

“Women Artists in the Late Ottoman Empire and the Early Turkish Republic,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference, Montréal, November 17-20, 2007

Invited Lecture “Worthless: Art and the Idea of ​​Value” Garanti Platform, Istanbul, May 10, 2007

“Fotomontaj ve Fotografik Kolaj, 1840'lerden Çağdaş Sanata,” [Photomontage and Photographic Collage, from the 1840s to Contemporary Art], Bursa Uludağ University Photography Festival, April 27, 2007

“Museums in Turkey,” Yeditepe University History Department Colloquium, March 2007

“Dolmabahçe Palace Museum: An Embarrassment of Riches,” Dolmabahçe Palace 150th Anniversary Conference, November 25, 2006

Invited Lecture, “Conservation and Preservation,” UCLA / Getty Summer Institute, Istanbul, July 24, 2006

Chair, Panel Music and Museology, The International Congress on Musical Culture in Turkey and the Museum of Music, Istanbul Military Museum, 29 - 31 May, 2006

Invited Participant, Conference Practices of Cultural Heritage in the Arab World, Université de Lausanne, June 21-22, 2006

Invited Participant, “Museums and the Foreclosure of Art in Turkey and the Middle East,” Symposium Historiography and Ideology: Architectural Heritage of the ‘Lands of Rum,’ Harvard University, May 25-28, 2006

Invited Speaker, “Museums and Art in Turkey and the Middle East,” Bilkent University Department of History, Ankara, May 1, 2006

Invited Participant, “Museums and Art in Turkey and the Middle East,” Symposium Ambivalent Geographies: The Architecture and Urban Planning in the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic in a Global Context, Middle East Technical University & British Archaeological Institute, April 27-29 , 2006

Invited Speaker, “Museums and Memory in Turkey,” Department of Art History at Istanbul Technical University, March 13, 2006

Invited Speaker at the Educating Museum Guides Program, Istanbul Modern Museum of Art, July 11, 2005

Interview Guest, Sanat Dünyamiz, TRT 2, January 16, 2005

Interview Guest, BesNBirK, CNNTürk, January 15, 2005

Interview Guest, Ters Açi, NTV, January 03, 2005

Invited Speaker, “Niye Müze: Toplum ve Modernligin Terbiyecisi,” Osmanli Arsiv ve Arastirma Merkezi, Voyvoda Caddesi Toplantilari, Obje ve Ritüel Söylesileri, December 31, 2004

“Behind the Museum: The Purposes and Projects of Turkish Museums, Past and Present,” Conference Museums in Motion, Maastricht, November 11-14, 2004

Invited Speaker, “Müzecilikten Milliyetçilige: Osmanli Döneminde Görsel Siyaset,” Türk Tarih Vakfi, May 24, 2004

Invited Lecture, “Museums in the Ottoman Empire,” Colloquium Series at the Department of Art History, CUNY, Binghamton, April 09, 2003

"Hitit Günesi Neyin Simgesi?" Toplumsal Arkeoloji Platformu / Arkeoloji: Niye? Nasil? Niçin, Bilgi University, Istanbul, April 05, 2003 (in absentia)

“Avrupa, Öteki, ve Ötesi” [Europe, the Other, and Beyond], Kültürel Açidan Avrupa Birligi'ne Yaklasim Sempozyumu, [Symposium Cultural Approaches to the European Union], sponsored by Kültür Girisimi / Cultural Investigations, The Marmara Hotel, November 22, 2001

"Linguistic Boundaries between Actors and Audiences in the Films of Shirin Neshat," Symposium Spaces of Resistance: Woman as Author and Image, Wexner Center, Columbus, Ohio, November 15, 2000

“Secular Temples: Religious Practice in Museums of the Turkish Republic,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference, Washington D. C., November, 1999

“Islamic Arts in the Ottoman Imperial Museum, 1889-1923,” Historians of Islamic Art Majlis, in association with College Arts Association Conference, Los Angeles, February 13, 1999

Panel Speaker, “The Istanbul Biennial and the Recycling of History” Panel The Biennial Virus, College Arts Association Conference, Los Angeles, February 11, 1999

“Archeology in the Ottoman Empire during the Turkish War for Independence, 1914-1923,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference, Chicago, November, 1998

Panel Discussant, “Re-presenting the Nation: Negotiations of Turkish National Identity,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference, Chicago, November, 1998

Panel Chair, “The Politics of Place: Issues in Urbanism and Architecture,” Jusur Graduate Student Conference, UCLA, May, 1998

“Phantoms of Bygone Days: Military Museums in the Ottoman Empire,” Presented at the Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, November, 1997

Panel Participant, Symposium for Shades of L.A., Los Angeles Public Library, January, 1996

“Museolea: Turkish Museums and the Development of National Identity during the First Turkish Republic,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., November, 1995 and at the Jusur Graduate Student Conference, UCLA, May, 1995

“Stylizing the French Sudan,” Jusur Graduate Student Conference, UCLA, May, 1993


Online talks and interviews

Jonas Huggins, “Deciphering Stories,” Der Tagesspiegel, February 20, 2021.

Interview with Lucy James, “What is art, when the primary sensory organ is the heart ?,” Qantara, February 19, 2021, https://en.qantara.de/content/what-is-islamic-art-with- art-historian-wendy-shaw-what-is-art-when-the-primary-sensory-organ? fbclid = IwAR2ODJJW_BuGSo-VM0WTKlVrIDv8vviX73EXjLYmAGigTAIqGNu80wXIkxM

Interview with Philip Geisler, “Side by side, sideways, endless: Wendy M. K. Shaw on über Islamic’ art and music without hierarchy, “VAN Magazine, September 2020, https://www.van-outernational.com/shaw

German Version: Interview with Philip Geisler, “Listening out of Perspective. An interview with Wendy M.K. about ‘Islamic’ Art and Music without Hierarchies, "https://www.van-outernational.com/shaw-en

Interview with Dr. Fatma Yıldız, “‘ İslam ’Sanatı Nedir? Din ve Algı - Prof. Dr. Wendy Shaw ile Söyleşi, ”Akademik Frekans, August, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V0nO0AFHRg

Interview with Rachel Pafe, “Islamic Art History: The Myth of Secularity,” Marginalia: Los Angeles Review of Books, March 27, 2020, https://marginalia.lareviewofbooks.org/islamic-art-history-the-myth-of -secularity /

Interview with Philip Geisler, “What is Art History when the Primary Sensory Organ is the Heart? A Conversation with Wendy M. K. Shaw, ”TRAFO Blog for Transregional Research, March, 2020, https://trafo.hypotheses.org/22802

“What is Art History Anyway? Interview with Wendy Shaw, ”Human Point, March, 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp8m80vqb4E

Interview with Sabine Maria Schmidt, “Delayed? Local? Bergsonisch? On modernity in Turkey, ”Moderne, reloaded, Kunstforum 252, 2018, https://www.kunstforum.de/artikel/wendy-m-k-shaw-kunsthistorikerin/

“Islam in the River of Wisdoms,” House of Wisdom Exhibition at NTU's Bonington Vitrines and Atrium (School of Art and Design), Primary, Five Leaves Bookshop, and Bromley House Library, Nottingham, October, 2018, https: // vimeo. com / 293752894

“# 32 Local Modernism in a Global Context: Wendy Shaw,” museum global & exhibition Die ezentrische Moderne, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and Center for Transcultural Studies of Heidelberg University, Düsseldorf, Autumn 2016, http://www.number32.de/ en / worldwide / local-modern-in-global-context-wendy-shaw.html

Nora Lessing, “Critically illuminating diversity,” Insights Blog, Berlin University Alliance, June 15, 2017, https://www.berlin-university-alliance.de/impressions/170615-portrait-wendy-shaw/index.html?fbclid = IwAR1rMMDItRff8RT6I7cJ6CGeye041NltDkgFkZLfn9B_LbPgn00YJj8i1IY

“Contemporary Art: Writing Histories for a Middle East Under Erasure,” Conference Troubled Contemporary Art Practices in the Middle East: Post-colonial Conflicts, Pedagogies of Art History, and Precarious Artistic Mobilization, Birkbeck University of London / University of Nicosia, June, 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irJeENMOCWA&feature=youtu.be

“A Family from Nevshehir,” Conference Ottoman Pasts, Present Cities: Cosmopolitanism and Transcultural Memories, AHRC Research Network, Birkbeck College, University of London, June, 2014, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUjwfWFDNvY&feature= emb_title
https://ottomancosmopolitanism.wordpress.com/conference-podcasts/

“Dressing the Empire: Ethnic Diversity, Photography, and the Modernization of the Ottoman Imperial Ideal,” Conference Ottoman Pasts, Present Cities: Cosmopolitanism and Transcultural Memories, AHRC Research Network, Birkbeck College, University of London, June, 2014, https: / /www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n_6n4nhX3M&list=UUqNiHvzD4icIwoQoOVVaLlA&index=38
https://ottomancosmopolitanism.wordpress.com/conference-podcasts/


Exhibitions

“From the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic: Art and Modernity,” Istanbul Modern, September 6, 2007 - March 31, 2008
Curatorial Consultant

“20 Years of the Istanbul Biennial,” September 6 - February 28, 2007
Writer of audiotour texts

“Andreas Gursky,” Istanbul Modern, May 30 - August 26, 2007
Writer of audiotour texts

“Open Library,” Garanti Platform Istanbul, May 7-14, 2007
Guest curator

“Turkey by Magnum,” Istanbul Modern, February 17 - May 20, 2007
Writer of audiotour texts

“Is this Fiction: Video Program,” Istanbul Modern, February 17 - May 20, 2007
Writer of audiotour texts

“Venice – Istanbul,” Istanbul Modern, October 18, 2006 - February 2, 2007
Writer of audiotour texts

“Intersecting Times: Art in Turkey,” Istanbul Modern Permanent Collection, 2006 - ongoing
Writer of audiotour texts


Service to the Profession

Principal Investigator, Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies

Jury, AMCA Rhonda A. Saad Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Modern and Contemporary Arab Art (2016 - 2018)

External Promotion Reviewer: Prof. Talinn Grigor (Brandeis University), Prof. Kirstin Scheid (American University of Beirut), Prof. Pinar Kayaalp (Ramapo College), Prof. Nancy Um (SUNY Binghamton)

Ad Hoc reviewer for Antiquity, World Art, Material Religion, International Journal of Islamic Architecture, International Journal of Turkish Studies, Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies, Art History; DAAD; FWF; Modernism / modernity; International Journal of Middle East Studies; Forum Critical Archeology, Berlin; DFG

Member of the Editorial Board, International Journal of Middle East Studies, The Journal of Modern Art and the Arab World

Co-Editor, Book Series Middle East, Social and Cultural Studies Series, Peter Lang Publishing, Bern, Switzerland (2009 - 2016)

Equal Opportunity Commission, Faculty of Humanities, University of Bern (2010 - 2014)

Administrative Board, Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Bern, http://www.iash.unibe.ch (2012 - 2014)