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Ithra Open Call on the Visual Culture of Mosques

Mosque in Saudi Arabia, HOK, 2014
Abdullatif Al Fozan Award

The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) is collaborating with the Abdullatif Al Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture to host a three-day conference on November 23-25th, 2021 in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The event will be dedicated to the historical meaning, culture, evolution, and functions of the mosque. Ithra and Abdullatif Al Fozan have announced a connected open call for research publications, encouraging architects, designers, archeologists, artists, writers, historians, and curators to present original research, objects or insights about mosques, and related cultural objects.

The call lists a variety of categories for submissions, including research papers, models, objects, posters, and audio-visual productions. Selections will be determined by examining which proposals address creative ways of looking at culture, history, and the meaning of mosques through objects. The conference itself will include a focus on architectural forms and design elements, as well as objects used in and around mosques such as lamps, windows, furniture, carpets, pulpits, and calligraphy. The submission deadline is  December 28th, 2020.

For more information, visit Ithra’s open call page.