2012 Conference

March 8-10, 2012 - Salt Lake City, Utah





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In keeping with HERA's mission of promoting the study of the humanities across a wide range of disciplines, we invite presentations exploring any form of artistic representation---literature, the visual arts, music, theatre, opera, dance, film, photography, architecture et al---from any world culture, using an interdisciplinary "crossroads" approach to enrich and deepen our understanding of these cultural artifacts and the societies that produced them.

Presentation time for individual papers is limited to 15-20 minutes.

Questions may be directed to the conference organizers, Francesca Lawson (francesca_lawson@byu.edu), Michael Call (michael_call@byu.edu), or Marcia Green at mgreen@sfsu.edu.

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Praise for the 2012 Conference

I had the pleasure of attending to present a paper on medieval philosophy as it is manifested in the structure of ninth-century musical organum. The other presentations in the session were excellent and I was pleased to meet those presenters. As usual for an academic conference, the best aspect of this event was the discussion that ensued after the papers had been delivered. This particular one was the most informative and enlightening of those in which I have participated thus far. The closing lunch on Saturday afternoon was a terrific opportunity to continue this discussion and meet even more people who had attended.

I am very grateful for this organization. Specifically, I am grateful for its emphasis, as illustrated through this conference and the themes of the various sessions, on both research content and methodology. While most conferences at which I have thus far presented deal with the former, this was the first opportunity for both of these issues to be addressed in one venue. In my disciplines of musicology and philosophy, this dual approach is quite prominent in Europe, so I am especially pleased to see that it is progressing more in the U.S., and I am very appreciative of HERA's role in this.

Thank you for a great event.

Daniel John Carroll, B.A.
Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Music
The University of Idaho

Plenary Speaker

Sheila Blair
East Meets West in Iran Under the Mongols

The Friday, March 9, Plenary Session of the HERA Conference will feature Sheila Blair of Boston College.

Professor Blair teaches about all aspects of Islamic art from the seventh century to modern times. She offers surveys on Islamic art, architecture, and urbanism, as well as research seminars on the Silk Road, the Islamic book, and the arts of the object.

Her research is equally broad: she has written or co-written 15 books, including several international award winners, and more than 200 articles in journals, encyclopedias, colloquia, and festschriften.

Several of her books were written with her husband and co-holder of the Calderwood Chair, Jonathan Bloom, with whom she served as artistic consultant to the three-hour documentary Islam: Empire of Faith, shown nationally on PBS. She is currently working on a monograph on text and image in medieval Iranian art, a two-hour documentary for PBS on the arts of Islam, and a 2013 exhibition at the McMullen Museum of Islamic art from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

A reception buffet follows the lecture.

Free Tabernacle Choir Outing

Conference attendees are invited to the Tabernacle Choir rehearsal on Thursday night, March 8, at 7:00 p.m. at the famous Tabernacle in Temple Square. Temple Square is located one block north of the hotel.

The rehearsal is open to the public and people are free to come and go at will, as long as they do it quietly without disturbing the rehearsal. Rehearsals are usually two hours long.


Museum Outing Announced

BYU Museum of Art, Provo, Hosts International Islamic Art Exhibit
"Beauty and Belief"

Saturday, March 10 - 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

“Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Culture” will feature more than 250 pieces of art from more than 10 different countries.

Sabiha al Khemir is an expert in Islamic art and serves as project director of the new exhibit that will travel to art museums throughout the United States after its stay at BYU. She said BYU is the perfect place to debut this exhibit.

The exhibit aims at helping museum visitors understand and appreciate Islamic art. Museum officials also say they hope the art will help viewers value the diversity and richness of the Islamic culture. The project director says she hopes the new exhibit will help bridge the gap between Western and Islamic cultures. “The exhibition invites you to look closely to try to unravel the beauty of this material and to unravel the cultural messages that are within this material in the hope that sight leads to insight,” Khemir said.

Conference Headquarters

Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown

          The room rates are $99 plus taxes. Depending on availability, these rates would be in effect 3 days prior and 3 days after the conference.

The Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown is a luxury hotel located in the heart of the city and features scenic views of the area skyline with easy access to all of the exciting activities in Salt Lake City. Guests can experience the energy of Downtown Salt Lake City and the hotel is situated just steps away from historic LDS Temple Square, Symphony Hall and Salt Palace Convention Center.
Guestrooms at our Salt Lake City hotel feature Marriott's new Revive bedding, work area and fine amenities. Dine at our on-site restaurant, lobby lounge or Starbucks cafe. Just 15 minutes from the airport, the Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown is the perfect hotel for business or leisure. Located at75 South West Temple · Salt Lake City, Utah 84101.
          For reservations, call 1-801-531-0800 or toll free at 1-888-236-2427. To make reservations online visit Marriott's website. The following leads you to the Marriott HERA discount links at: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/slcut?groupCode=herhera&app=resvlink& fromDate=3/7/12&toDate=3/11/12 or http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/slcut-salt-lake-city-marriott-downtown/?toDate=3/11/12&groupCode=herhera&fromDate=3/7/12&app=resvlink