Welcome to AKPIA@MIT

The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (AKPIA@MIT) is an academic program part of the MIT Department of Architecture.  The program offers degree courses and sponsors public lectures and conferences at MIT. In addition the program offers travel grants for MIT students, as well as postdoctoral fellowships with residence at MIT.



October 29 & 30
Symposium at the
Aga Khan Museum In Toronto
Syria’s Art and Architecture: A Multicultural History

November 7
Digital Colonialism?: Thoughts on the Ethics of Digital Recreations of Threatened Cultural Heritage Sites in the Middle East
Erin Thompson, Assistant Professor of Art Law and Art Crime, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)

November 14
Artfare: How Art Makes Sense of Cultural Upheaval
Kirsten Scheid, Associate Professor,  American University of Beirut

December 5
The Role and Meaning of the Alevi Cemevi: Islamic Congregational Architecture Outside the Mosque Paradigm
Angela Andersen, AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow

Available Bios and Abstracts
Mondays at 6:00 pm in MIT Room 3-133. Free and open to the public

Imagining Jerusalem: The Golden City in Art, Lore, and Literature.  In this talk, Adam Gopnik is joined by Nasser Rabbat to discuss the complexity and richness of the city as it is represented through its architecture.

Inauguration speaches, including Nasser Rabbat's, at Syria: A Living History. an exhibition in the Aga Khan Museum In Totonto.

Media in Muslim Contexts: Inventing and Reinventing Identities:  Nov 3-4, 2016
The Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (ISMC) and Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) will be holding an academic conference entitled, Media in Muslim Contexts: Inventing and Reinventing Identities, at its London campus (210 Euston Road, NW1 2DA) on Nov 3-4, 2016. Please visit the conference website to see the programme.
The international conference will bring together a broad and international range of researchers, policy-makers and practitioners, from a variety of disciplinary and geographical backgrounds. Keynote addresses and panels feature over 40 speakers addressing themes such as media and the invention of history; media and the nation; media as vehicles of resistance; iconoclasm and image wars, satire, the impact of new media and social media, studies of media in local contexts and media and youth culture. The conference is organized and hosted by the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations of The Aga Kh​an University at its campus in London, and is organised in cooperation with the University’s Graduate School of Media and Communications in Nairobi.
There is no registration fee but places are limited. REGISTER online to attend the conference or join via WEBINAR (Day 1 and/or Day 2) if you are unable to attend in person.

Oriental Beliefs: Between Reason and Traditions
Explore the spiritual and magical beliefs of cultures, from ancient Egypt to modern Japan, as we discuss gods, the universe, cosmos, dreams and so much more.
You’re passionate about Oriental cultures, past and present? You’re fascinated by myths, beliefs and mysteries? If so, join our enthusiastic team of more than 20 experts in an exciting 8-week journey, starting on 4 October 2016, thanks to our MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) «Oriental Beliefs: Between Reason and Traditions». It is informative, it is funny and it is completely free. Enroll on EdX platform: https://www.edx.org/…/oriental-beliefs-between-reason-louva…

The Department of Art History at Northwestern University seeks to hire a full-time, assistant professor in the field of modern and/or contemporary architectural history in any geographical area. Candidates will be expected to teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels, offering at least one course annually that incorporates significant material on the built environment of the United States. An ideal candidate will create bridges between Art History and other Northwestern departments, as well as with Chicago area archives and institutions that support the study of modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism across the globe. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in art history or other relevant field by September 1, 2017, when this tenure-track appointment will begin. The deadline for applications is November 1 and complete application information can be found on our department’s website: http://www.arthistory.northwestern.edu/faculty/open-positions.html

Nasser Rabbat speaks in 3 episodes of the BBC series: the Museum of Lost Objects which traces the histories of 10 antiquities or cultural sites that have been destroyed or looted in Iraq and Syria.

The Rhodes Scholarships for Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine (SJLP)

About Prof. James Wescoat in MIT News

ARTFORUM article by Prof. Nasser Rabbat on Zaha Hadid