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Kaya Şahin (Indiana University)


"Self-Fashioning and Composition Skills in an Ottoman Context: Celalzade Salih (ca. 1493-1565) and his Münşe'at"

Dr. Kaya Şahin is Associate Professor of History at Indiana University, Bloomington, with adjunct status in the departments of Central Eurasian Studies, and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. He is the author of Empire and Power in the Reign of Süleyman: Narrating the Sixteenth-Century Ottoman World (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013; Turkish translation 2014). 


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Yael Rice (Amherst College)

"Common Grounds: Cotton and Codex in Early Modern South Asia"

Yael Rice is Assistant Professor of the History of Art & Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College. She specializes in the manuscript and other portable arts of early modern Iran and South Asia.


Daniela Bleichmar (University of Southern California)

"Codifying Mexican Indigenous Knowledge, 1552, 1626"

 Daniela Bleichmar is Associate Professor of Art History and History at the University of Southern California, where she also serves as Associate Provost for Faculty and Student Initiatives in the Arts and Humanities. She was educated at Harvard University and Princeton University, and has held fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Getty Foundation, and the Getty Research Institute. Her research and teaching address the history of science, visual culture, and material culture in the early modern Hispanic world, focusing particularly on knowledge production, cultural contact and exchange, collecting, and the history of the book.