Each fall the Freer and Sackler Galleries publish, with the University of Michigan, a journal of the latest research in art of the Middle East and Asia. Titled Ars Orientalis, the journal is a collection of scholarship that crosses academic disciplines and aims to connect researchers, institutions, and ideas using one central theme per volume.
Now Available: Volume 45
Ars Orientalis 45, “Transmission of Architectural Knowledge in Medieval South Asia,” brings together four groundbreaking essays by South Asian specialists, with responses from two distinguished scholars working in geographic areas adjacent to South Asia. Guest edited by contributors Nachiket Chanchani and Tamara I. Sears, the essays in this volume highlight a history of mobility, hybridity, and transmission in the realm of architecture that spans many centuries and traverses a wide terrain. The response essays expand these ideas well beyond the Indian subcontinent, opening a broader discussion about the transmission of architectural knowledge and how the subject is addressed in scholarship today. With this format, Volume 45 of Ars Orientalis creates a dynamic dialogue and invites readers to continue the conversation.
Volume 45 also marks the journal’s second entirely digital volume. It provides extras not available in the printed issue, including additional images, video content, and “Digital Initiatives,” a column that explores digital tools, research resources, publications, and learning opportunities in art history and related fields, with a special focus on topics relevant to Ars Orientalis readers. A complement to the printed volume, digital Ars Orientalis offers subscribers a new design and easily maneuverable features. It is available at arsorientalis.si.edu.
Ars Orientalis 45 Table of Contents
Introduction (FREE ONLINE ACCESS)
Nachiket Chanchani and Tamara I. Sears, Guest Editors
Pandukeshwar, Architectural Knowledge, and an Idea of India
Following River Routes and Artistic Transmissions in Medieval Central India
Tamara I. Sears
The Tamil Gopura: From Temple Gateway to Global Icon
The International Jaina Style?
Māru-Gurjara Temples under the Solaṅkīs throughout India and in the Diaspora
Julia A. B. Hegewald
Transnational Asian Architectural History
Response: Nancy S. Steinhardt
Idea and Idiom: Knowledge as Praxis in South Asian and Islamic Architecture
Response: Finbarr B. Flood
On the Task of Identifying New Archives
Response: Nachiket Chanchani
On Geography, Topography, and Travel
Response: Tamara I. Sears
Digital Initiatives (online only feature)
Museums, Scholarship, and the Digital
Southeast Asian Art at LACMA: An Online Scholarly Catalogue
Getty Foundation’s Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative of Chinese Painting & Calligraphy at the Seattle Art Museum
Conservation & Scientific Research
Fellowships & Internships
Resources For Researchers
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