In the wake of the white-supremacist terrorism of August 11-13, we wish to highlight and paraphrase some of the comments of Ian Baucom, Dean of Arts and Sciences:
Be assured that the Art Department remains a space where all can pursue the dialogue that counters the lies of racism, anti-semitism, homophobia, and nativism.
We are prepared to stand up for and support those who have been singled out as targets for hatred. The courage of free thought opposing cowardice and bigotry endures and persists here despite violence.



Faculty & staff

Amanda Phillips

Assistant Professor
Islamic Art and Material Culture
DPhil in Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, 2011
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I come to the McIntire Department of Art from the Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East at the University of Oxford via a Max Planck post-doctoral position at the Berlin Museum of Islamic Art and a Marie Curie / Gerda Henkel fellowship the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham.

My research interests, and in turn my publications, focus on the economies of art and material culture in the early modern Islamic world. I work mainly on the decorative arts and most especially on silk textiles in Constantinople and the greater eastern Mediterranean. The topic itself encompasses Mediterranean and Indian Ocean trade starting with the Renaissance aesthetic of fifteenth century and stretching into the eighteenth century, when global fashion became prevalent.

At UVA, I will be offering a survey on Islamic art, a colloquium focused on fashions and luxury goods in Ottoman Constantinople, a course on the history of Islamic calligraphy as well as a course on the art and architecture of the Ottoman Empire, the largest and most enduring of all Islamic dynasties.