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Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg

 

 


 

Curriculum Vitae

Actual positions

  • Senior Advisor of ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives American School of Oriental Research (ASOR), 656 Beacon Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA  02215-2010
  •  Adjunct Professor Indiana University-Bloominton, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, 1011 E. Third Street, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA


EDUCATION

  • Doctorate (PhD) in Islamic Art and Archeology, 1991, Université de Provence, Aix-Marseille 1, France: The Madrasas of Damascus and Salihiyya, from the End of the Eleventh Century to the Middle of the Thirteenth Century: Historical Texts and Architectural Studies.
  • D.E.A. 1987 (Diplôme d'Études Approfondies), Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France: Ayyubid Madrasas of Salihiyya in Damascus, Historical Texts and Architectural Plans.
  • BA 1985, University of Damascus, Syria, History

 

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

  • Currently: Director of Cultural Heritage: ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives, American School of Oriental Research (ASOR), since July 2014

and

  • Adjunct Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Indiana University, since January 2013
  •  Acting Dean (2011-2012), Vice Dean for Academic and Administrative Affairs (2011) and Head of Department of History and Theory of Architecture (2010-2011) at the Arab International University (formerly The European University) (Syria), Architecture Faculty, 2010-2012 
  • Faculty Member, Damascus University, Tourism Faculty, 2010-2011
  • Faculty Member at Qalamoun University, Department of Architecture, 2009-2010
  • Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 2008-2009
  •  Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, Department of History of Art and
  • Architecture (Formerly Fine Arts Department), Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, 2007-2008
  •  Deputy Minister of Culture (Syria), 2002-2007
  •  Director General of Antiquities and Museums (Syria), 2000-2002
  • Visiting Professor, Harvard University, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Course: The Shaping of Arab Cities during the Ottoman Period: Urbanism, Architecture, and Society, 1999.
  •  Faculty Member, University of Damascus, Department of History & Department Archaeology, graduate courses on the History of Islamic Art and Architecture, 1997/98, 1998/99, Fall semester 1999. Undergraduate courses on History of Art and Architecture at the Archaeology Department, 1997/98, 1998/99, Fall 1999.
  • Visiting Professor, Tokyo University, lectures on Urban Studies Program, May 1997
  • Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Department of Urban Planning, 1996.
  •  Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, Department of History,1994-95.
  • Visiting Scholar, Granada University (Spain), Department of Medieval History, Granada, Spain, 1994.
  • Adjunct Professor, teaching and supervision at the École d'Architecture de Paris Belleville, France:, Graduate program C.E.A.A. (Certificat d'Études Approfondies en Architecture), Architecture and Cultural Heritage,"Villes Orientales": Maghreb and Middle East,1992 to 1995.
  • Institut Français d'Études Arabes de Damas (IFEAD), Damascus: Pensionnaire
  • (Researcher), Spring 1991- 1993 in charge of Old Damascus project.

 

RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Member of Doctoral thesis jury at l’Ecole Pratiques des Hautes Etudes- Paris. On “Ottoman papers in Syria”- Title: Le papier en Syrie ottoman, étude historique, analyse, restauration et conservation Presented by Mouhammad Kheir ALZOABI, January 2015.

Member of Doctoral thesis jury at the Sorbonne University, Paris, on “Ayyubid Numastic”, Presented by Abdul-Salam Al-Bashkami, December, 2010

 Head of European Union projects in Syria (2000-2007):

- Cultural Tourism Program in Syria

- Preservation of Cultural Heritage in Syria

- Discover Islamic Art, Virtual Museum of Islamic Art

- Fortifications in the Euro-Mediterranean Region 

- Mortars in Euro-Mediterranean Region..

- Archeoseismology and Paleoseismology for the protection of cultural heritage and archaeological sites in the Middle East (Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey)

- Un patrimoine commun : forteresses de l'époque des Croisades.

- From the adoption of agriculture to the current landscape: long-term interaction between men and environment in the east Mediterranean basin

 

Others

- As Deputy Minister of Culture (2002-2007): in charge of Cultural Heritage, Supervision of Directorate Publications, Directorate of Foreign & Exterior Relations, Directorate Fine Arts, Directorate of Intellectual Properties,

- As Director General of Antiquities and Museums of Syria (2000-2002): Supervision of Directorate of Excavations and Archeological studies, Directorate of Museums Affairs (including exhibitions, building new museums, rehabilitation of old museums..), Directorate of Historical Monuments, Directorate of Restoration of Monuments, Labs for Archeological objects restoration, Collaboration with international organizations such as UNESCO, ICCROM, ICOMOS, EU Commission, World Heritage Fund ..), Fund raising (such as: Italian Cooperation fund, for restoration of Damascus Citadel, and rehabilitation of Damascus, Aleppo, and Idlib Museums..& The European Union Fund for Preservation of Cultural Heritage in Syria..)

- Associate Scholar, in field work in the city of Aleppo, Master Program; MIT

Faculty of Architecture, July 1994

- On site archeological studies of Islamic castles and sites in Andalusia, Granada

University, April and September 1994

- Supervision of field work studies in Damascus of C.E.A.A.(Certificat d'Etudes Approfondies en Architecture) graduate students from the Villes Orientales Maghreb et Proche Orient program, Ecole d'Architecture, University of Belleville, France, 1992-1995.

- Member of Institut Francais d’Etudes Arabes de Damas team. Project: Survey catalogue du Vieux Damas extramural from 1991-93

- Architectural Survey with team of 3 architects of 70 monuments and houses in Sarouja quarter, from March 1991 until June 1993

- Survey fieldwork of monuments in Damascus dating from the 12th and the 13th century, 1987- 89

- On site study of Ayyubid and Mamluk monuments,Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale, Cairo, April 1988

- Seminars for 3 years on “Computerizing Arab Epigraphy”, by Professor Solange Ory, University of Aix-en-Provence, 1985

- On site study of medieval castle in Provence region, France, with Professor Michel Fixot's team, Provence University, Aix-en -Provence. Fall 1986

- Participation in “Creswell Project” with Dr. Michael Meinecke in preparation of book: A Bibliography of Architecture, Arts and Crafts in Islam, American University of Cairo, Supp.2, during summer 1982, published in 1984.

- Private instruction and field work with Professor Khaled Moaz, Research Projects: field survey of Old Damascus; Islamic Architecture in Damascus during the Atabek and Ayyubid Periods. 1981- 85

- Coordinator and Participant in a series of Photography Exhibitions held at the Arab Cultural Center, Damascus: Sarouja quarter in Damascus , May 1992 Orchards and Gardens, past and present, June 1993; Streets and Cul-de- Sacs, June 1994; Windows, November 1995

- Participation in Annual Exhibition of Ministry of Culture in Syria (photography), October 1989.

 

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

  • IIE Award, Indiana University, Bloomington, NELC, Feb. 2013 to January 23, 2014 and renewed from 1/23/2014 until 1/23/2015. 
  • Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 2008-2009
  •  Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, Department of History of Art and
  • Architecture (Formerly Fine Arts Department), Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, 2007-2008
  •  Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Department of Urban Planning, 1996.
  •  Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, Department of History,1994-95.
  •  Visiting Scholar, Euro-Med Seminar, Granada University (Spain), Department of Medieval History, Granada, Spain, April and September 1994.
  • Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, 1993-94.
  • French government Scholarship for Doctoral candidates: 1985-90.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Teaching a course on History of Islamic Architecture in the Middle East, Indiana University, Bloomington, Fall 2013 & Course on Islamic Cities, Fall 2014/15
  • Teaching at the Arab International University (Syria), Faculty of Architecture, 5 Courses every year: on History of Architecture: Ancient, Greek-Roman, Islamic, Western (from Romanesque until Baroque), Modern; Architecture and Society; Restoration and Rehabilitation; Recent Foundations of Art and Architecture, 2010-2012
  • Teaching at Damascus University, Tourism Faculty, 2010-2011: Courses: Greek-Roman Architecture History; Islamic Art and Architecture History
  • Teaching at Qalamoun University (Syria), Department of Architectural Engineering, 2009-2010 Courses on History of Architecture: Ancient, Greek-Roman, Islamic, Western (from Romanesque until Baroque), Modern.
  • Teaching at the Institut Français d’Etudes de Damas (Syria), courses on Arabic historical texts, 1999-2000
  • Harvard University, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Visiting Professor, Course: The Shaping of Arab Cities during the Ottoman Period: Urbanism, Architecture, and Society, Spring 1999.
  • University of Damascus, Department of History & Department Archaeology, graduate courses on the History of Islamic Art and Architecture, 1997/98, 1998/99, Fall semester 1999. Undergraduate courses on History of Art and Architecture at the Archaeology Department, 1997/98, 1998/99, Fall 1999.
  •  Tokyo University, lectures on Urban Studies Program, May 1997
  • Adjunct Professor, teaching and supervision at the École d'Architecture de Paris Belleville, France:, Graduate program C.E.A.A. (Certificat d'Études Approfondies en Architecture), Architecture and Cultural Heritage,"Villes Orientales": Maghreb and Middle East,1992 to 1995.
 

 EXHIBITIONS ORGANIZED

- Syria: Land of Civilizations, Alberta, Canada, 2000

- Syria: Land of Civilizations, Delaware, USA, 2001

- Syria: Land of Civilizations, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 2001

- From Damascus to Cordoba (les Andalousies), Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France, 2000

- Zenobia, La Reine de L’Orient, Paris, 2001

- L’Orient de Saladin, L’Art des Ayyoubides, Institut du Monde Arabe, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, 2001

- Zenobia, Il Sogno Di Una Regina D’Oriente, Palazzo Bicherasio, Torino, Italy, 2002

- Participation in: Art of the First Cities, The Third Millennium B.C. from the Mediterranean to Indus, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA, 2003

- Others exhibitions in: France, Greece, Spain, Italy.

 

CONFERENCES ORGANIZED

- Co-Organization of the international Colloquium: Residences, Castles, Settlements;

Transformation processes from Late Antiquities to Early Islam in Bilad Al-Sham, Ministry

of Culture (Syria) and German Archaeological Institute in Damascus, Damascus (5-9 November 2006).

- Co-organization of International Congress: Bilad Al-Sham during The Ottoman Era, Ministry of Culture (Syria) and IRCICA, Damascus, 26-30 September 2005.

- Co-organization of International Conference: Archaeology in Syria: Reality and Perspectives, Supreme Council for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences & Ministry of Culture (Syria)& IFAPO& University of Aleppo, Aleppo 12-14 September 2005.

- Co-organization of International Conference on Ibn 'Arabi, Ministry of Culture (Syria) & IFPO & Instituto Cervantes, Damascus, 22-24 June 2005

- Co-organization of the International Conference: Islamic Fortification in Bilad Al-Sham, Ministry of Culture (Syria) and Council for British Reseach in the Levent (CBRL), Aleppo, 16-19 September 2003.

- Co-organization of Workshop on Sarouja quarter in Damascus, Ministry of Culture (Syria) and UNESCO, Damascus, 2003

- Co-organization on of Workshop on Amrit, Arwad, and Old Tartous, in Damascus, Ministry of Culture (Syria), UNESCO, World Monuments Fund, ICRROM, Tartous, 2004

- Co-organization of International Conference on Cultural Tourism, Sponsored by Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Tourism (Syria), UNESCO, and Sham for Heritage, Damascus, 2000

 

ASSOCIATION MEMBER

Middle Eastern Studies Association (USA)

College of Arts Association (USA)

Historians of Islamic Art Association (USA)

Member of the Board of The German Institute of Archeology (DAI) (Berlin)

ICOMOS, and others

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