IRCICA Heritage Talks


The Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA) is devoted to preserving Islamic cultural heritage around the world and has undertaken many activities to conserve and document that heritage over the years. In keeping with these efforts, the Cultural and Architectural Heritage Section at IRCICA is organizing a monthly seminar/webinar series entitled “IRCICA Heritage Talks”, where leading academics and experts from around the world, will be invited to give talks and discuss relevant and urgent contemporary issues in the field. The series will tackle multiple themes including The Meaning of Architectural Heritage / Islamic Heritage in Danger/ Heritage Conservation / Preservation of Memory-place /Islamic Cities and Settlements. etc. The program is intended to provide a platform for intellectual exchange and discussion about research that is related to Islamic culture, history, architecture, and urban heritage.

This month’s guest of the IRCICA Heritage Talks Program is Prof. Christiane Gruber. In her speech titled “Hima in The House: Avian Architecture Across The Islamic World”, Prof. Gruber will examine different types of birdhouses built in various parts of the Islamic world, the architectural language of these birdhouses and their biological-material contributions to their respective environments.  The lecture will take place on Friday, 17 March 2023 at 3 p.m. in IRCICA’s conference hall, in hybrid format.

Limited numbers of participants will be accepted due to venue conditions. Please register your participation via the email address below. Email:

Zoom program link is below:
Meeting ID: 871 1779 8785
Passcode: 2023

Prof. Christiane Gruber Biography:
Christiane Gruber is a Professor of Islamic Art in the History of Art Department, University of Michigan. Her research and publications explore medieval to contemporary Islamic art, especially figural representation, manuscripts, book arts, and architecture, as well as modern visual and material cultures. She is the Founding Director of Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online.

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