It is difficult to imagine what the past few weeks have brought and at what speed. I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well.
In these challenging times, as institutions try to adapt to the constraints imposed by the need for social distancing, many have attempted to make their events and resources available to the widest possible audience online. Having been obliged by the situation to cancel our long-planned Silsila lecture program for this spring, I am delighted to announce the resumption of at least part of that program online.
In addition to offering some intellectual stimulation during this period of lockdown, our hope is to reconstitute in the realm of the virtual the sense of community that the Center has tried to foster since its inception, as part of the university’s larger mission.
The following three events will take place in late April and early May:
Wednesday April 22nd - Beate Fricke (University of Bern), “Miracles of Mediation. Still-Life, Liturgical Vessels, and Processions at Cordoba.”
Thursday April 30th - Emanuele Lugli (Stanford University) & Finbarr Barry Flood (NYU), “Measure and Meaning – a Conversation.”
Wednesday May 6th - Leor Halevi (Vanderbilt University), “Modern Things on Trial – Islam’s Global and Material Turn in the early 20thCentury.”
Each event will take place as a live Webinar at 6pm EDT (New York time). Approximately one week before each event we will circulate details containing a link, which will also be posted on the web page (https://as.nyu.edu/silsila/events.html) to enable you to register for the event. You will then receive a link enabling you to access the event as an attendee. Only registered attendees will be able to access the event.
We are hoping to provide a forum for a Q&A session after each talk but would ask for your patience with any unforeseen wrinkles.
I am immensely grateful to our three speakers for making this move online possible, and to our administrative aide, Lola Owoseni, and Nadia Ali, our faculty fellow, for their invaluable help in smoothing this transition to the virtual.
Finbarr Barry Flood
Director, Silsila: Center for Material Histories