The Keynote Address will by presented by Finbarr Barry Flood, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
Flood is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities at the Institute of Fine Arts and Department of Art History, New York University. Recent publications include an essay on the ingestion of images and words in the edited volume Sensational Religion (Yale, 2014), a discussion of Islamic figural art in the International Journal of Middle East Studies (45/3, 2013), an essay on the Danish cartoon controversy in the edited volume Images That Move (Santa Fe, 2013), and a short essay on iconoclasm and the Islamic State (Daesh) in Religion and Society: Advances in Research (7, 2016). His books include The Great Mosque of Damascus: Studies on the Makings of an Umayyad Visual Culture (2000), and Objects of Translation: Material Culture and Medieval “Hindu-Muslim” Encounter, (2009), awarded the 2011 Ananda K. Coomaraswamy Prize of the Association for Asian Studies. His current book project is provisionally entitled Islam and Image: Polemics, Theology and Modernity.